False Evidence Appearing Real is one definition I’ve heard for fear.
Because, as I choose each week what to write about, I pay attention to to things I see around me.
Hence I posted a quote in the past about fear, and it received many “shares”.
I figured this was a pretty good indication that this is a topic that people want or need, to hear about.
What the post said was, “Fear has two meanings: Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise. The choice is yours.”
These definitions were not familiar to me.
As I am researching fear, here is something I found that is more of a scientific meaning or reason for fear:
“Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that causes a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles. Among other things, also known as the fight-or-flight response. The stimulus could be a spider, a knife at your throat, an auditorium full of people waiting for you to speak or the sudden thud of your front door against the door frame.
The brain is a profoundly complex organ. More than 100 billion nerve cells comprise an intricate network of communications that is the starting point of everything we sense, think and do. Some of these communications lead to conscious thought and action, while others produce autonomic responses. The fear response is almost entirely autonomic: We don’t consciously trigger it or even know what’s going on until it has run its course.
Because cells in the brain are constantly transferring information and triggering responses, there are dozens of areas of the brain at least peripherally involved in fear.
The process of creating fear begins with a scary stimulus and ends with the fight-or-flight response.”
So what do you do to help you when you’re afraid?
For me, realizing what’s causing me to be afraid comes first. Also, what I’m saying to myself is important to look at. Sharing your fear with someone you trust, helps.
They will perhaps look at whatever it is from an outside perspective and give you another viewpoint.
If it’s a presentation or event I’m giving, knowing my material and practicing it really helps to not have as much fear.
As the definition says, fear is a choice, after you’ve realized you are living within it.
Consequently, calling on God and my angels helps me with fear.
Taking deep breaths to help relax myself, seem to help as well. Taking time to do a short meditation.
It helps to remember that fear is a very normal emotion to have.
Remember the Emotional Scale I talk about often?
Fear is actually one of the very lowest vibrations you can have. Number 22 on the scale. As a result, when you use this scale and become aware of your emotions on a regular basis, you don’t stay stuck on that right side of the scale. I’ll include the scale once again at the bottom.
Find things to appreciate to help move you upward on the Emotional Scale. Perhaps you’ll get over to the left side where your vibrations are much higher. Slow down and breathe. Often.
What are some things you do when you’re feeling fear?
Leave me a comment with your thoughts. I’d love to hear them.
Sending love and appreciation to you,
PS. Here is a short article from Oprah about this topic: