Making the Transition from Fear to Courage
Many souls around the world today are still living much of their lives in the state of fear. It’s a sad thing, but it’s a reality that can be seen all around us. Many systems within society— social, political, religious, and more—perpetuate the energy of fear, and such systems will continue as long as the consciousness of courage does not exist within us.
By having courage, we are able to stop experiencing the fear perpetuated by those systems and take off the illusory shackles they impose.
The transition from fear to courage is a very big step and often requires much effort and energy, but it is entirely possible with a little determination and perhaps some external support. Not only do we benefit when we confront our inherited fears, but so does society as a whole. The less the systems within our cultures and societies use fear to maintain power, the quicker they will disappear into the sands of time, liberating consciousness wherever it’s imprisoned.
Fear limits the growth of our personality and inevitably leads to a nature of inhibition and repression. When we exist in a state of fear, we put up an impenetrable boundary between ourselves and our own self-actualization.
It takes a bit of energy to transcend this level of consciousness, which is why some people gravitate toward those who seem to have conquered fear and who offer to lead them out of the slavery that it holds. Unfortunately, these individuals are often oppressive, totalitarian leaders who take advantage of those who follow this logic.
It is unfortunate, but the subjective consciousness state of fear is a limiting, prevailing, and habitual state of expectancy that can be projected onto any and all aspects of our lives. Stress becomes the primary byproduct of the fear and creates its own problems—too many to mention here.
The perpetuation of fear will be stopped in its tracks once we embody the consciousness of courage. Courage allows for exploration and accomplishment; it focuses our awareness on exciting, stimulating, and challenging parts of life. Progress occurs when courage is emboldened.
Courage provides a passionate willingness to experience wonderful things that have not been explored before. Fear has been faced head-on thanks to a significantly higher level of energy, and any previous hindrances are gone. Self-esteem goes through the roof because there is a self-reinforcing sense of “I can do this.” Productivity soars to new heights.
In courage, we feel enhanced confidence within our beings. There is an empowerment of the self, thanks to the realization that we are not dependent on external factors. We have had everything we needed within ourselves the whole time. Freedom is finally experienced as the shackles of fear are taken off and thrown away.
The significant shift from fear to courage allows us to be able to work on manifesting our inner potential. This potential can be aligned with a sense of our overall mission in life that will be our primary focus from then on. This is not possible if we have a consciousness of fear, since fear will inhibit any action toward manifesting such goals.
With courage, our overall level of happiness grows immensely and everything is seen in a more positive light. We perceive people as being more friendly, and societal problems as being less hopeless. Courage shifts many other positions of awareness. The evolution of consciousness from fear to courage can change our lives in such a dramatic way that we feel like we’re living in a different reality.
If we wish to make the transition from having fear to having courage, there is one factor to be mindful of, beyond all others: accepting personal responsibility. This critical action requires that we get rid of the idea that we are a victim of a perpetrator. We must transcend all social belief systems based on the suppositions of blame and excuses so that we can shift away from fear. None of this is easy. Courage requires a higher input of energy than fear does. Yet whether it is through our inner determination or the support of others, this critical transition is an obtainable reality.
Understanding the differences between these two states of consciousness is important before the process can begin, so that we know what we’re working with. This can take a day or it can take a lifetime. Once it occurs, the sense of self-empowerment will be the satisfaction we need in order to accomplish a most fundamental self-realization.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine,
Issues #47 & #69.
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