Your stuck energies force you to be someone who doesnít exist anymore: The angry child deprived of love, the frightened child who doesnít feel safe. The past is a false guide to the future, and yet itís what most of us rely upon. By letting go of stuck energies, you let go of your past.
People get used to fear, and they mistake that for overcoming fear. Iím trying to get you to look inside yourself. Even when you donít notice it, fear has you in its grasp. Anytime it wants to, it can jump you, and youíll be powerless to resist.
If you identify personally with negativity, you will never let it go. Learn to see anger as only energy, like electricity. Electricity isnít about you. Neither is anger. Itís universal and sticks to anything that seems unfair or unjust. Fear sticks to anything that feels dangerous or unsafe.
Imagine that your worst enemy comes over to your house. He sits down in the living room, and no matter what you do, he wonít go away. Day after day he refuses to leave. What do you do? You begin to ignore him. You pretend heís not there. You home isnít your home if thereís an enemy living there. It doesnít matter if you toss a drop cloth over him, or if you decide to completely redecorate the place. Until you figure out a way to make your enemy leave, youíll never feel safe.
The world is your home, and it is safe. God created it that way. But fear crept in. Big problem. Nobody feels safe anymore. As long as you live in fear, the world is a threat. If that doesnít matter to you, okay. But living that way youíll never know the joy of your own soul.
Adapted from Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).