This morning as I visited one of my favorite spots near the beach to meditate and give thanks for all that I have been blessed with, it occurred to me that there was a time when hearing the sound of the surf pounding to the shore would send fear throughout my entire body.
I allowed my mind to remember that feeling of fear and how long it took for me to let go of it...
... It was 2:00 in the morning and I was standing on the beach, blindfolded and shivering in the night air. I tried to listen to what was going on around me so that I could get some idea of what was going to happen but all I could hear was the sound of the waves crashing very close to where I was standing.
I tried to hear sounds coming from my sister or brothers that would let me know that they were ok but, again, all I could hear was the ocean. I wanted to speak, no, I wanted to scream out and yell at him and ask him what was happening; but I knew better. When we were told to do something we did it, with no questions asked because if we didn’t, the consequences would always be brutal. My mind was racing and I was trying to figure out how to get out of this predicament. I couldn’t figure out why we had been pulled from our warm beds and were now standing at the edge of the ocean in the middle of the night.
I kept going over the entire day in my head and asking myself what I or one of my siblings could have done that had finally pushed him over the edge. With the roar of the ocean in my ears, the only conclusion I could come to was that one or more of us had finally angered him to the point that he had decided to bring us out here in the middle of the night and drown us. I am not sure if I was afraid or looking forward to ending the madness that was my life.
I was 7 years old at the time.
Memories are perceptions of our past; our perceptions are based on our beliefs and our beliefs can create paralyzing fears that have the power to physically hold us prisoner in our own lives.
Regardless of our fears, we all have free will; the will to allow our fears to rule our lives or the will to face our fears and remove the hold they have on us. If I had never faced my fear of the sounds of the pounding surf I would have robbed myself of this beautiful morning at the beach.
As I sat there in meditation, I started thinking about the millions of people who allow fear to rule their lives and the many opportunities they are missing because they give into these fears. When we are able to face our fears and take away the power they have over us we create opportunities to move away from an egoic mindset.
Letting go of fear can be difficult because our fears are based on beliefs that are so ingrained in our subconscious mind, it boggles the mind to challenge the belief!
One way you can let go of your fear is by realizing that F.E.A.R. is simply False Evidence Appearing Real. When fear raises its ugly head in your direction, stop and ask yourself this question, "Am I in physical danger?" If your answer is, "no", you then begin to see possibilities where none previously existed.
My wish for you is to let go of whatever fears are holding you back from the life you truly want to live. If you would like some helping understanding how you can let go of the fear(s) in your life, please feel free to connect with me HERE.
Once you let go of your fears, you will be able to enjoy whatever has been kept from you and enjoy new adventures as much as I enjoy my time at the beach!
Nancy Mueller ~ Empowerment Sensei for Women
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