Fear as a Guidance System

The sensations we interpret as fear are a guidance system, designed to keep us on the straight and narrow path of balance, health, and happiness. They are like the lane grooves on the side of the highway that warn us that we are wandering off the main road, onto the shoulder, and ultimately into the ditch of our habitual, ego-based thinking. When we listen to these same sensations from our true Selves, our lives are guided in a much different way:

When we view the sensations of fear from our True Self it is viewed as natural information and it offers insight. This results in action that leads to balance and health, and harmony with others.

When we view the sensations of fear from our Ego Self it is a projection and interpreted from the ego; the reaction leads to imbalance and disease, division, violence, and war.

Here is a healthy roadmap for transforming fear:

Sensation of fear…transformed to: Acceptance of fear, staying calm…transformed to: See possible choices that are positive and nonlimiting…transformed to: Positive and empowered action…transformed to: Neutralized effect of outside events and other people…transformed to: Increased freedom and well-being.

Adapted from Fearproof Your Life, by Joseph Bailey (Conari Press, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Joseph Bailey. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Fearproof Your Life, by Joseph Bailey (Conari Press, 2007).


Jules W.
Jules W.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham4 years ago

Great article, thanks for sharing! :)

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago


Janice P.
Janice P.6 years ago

The author of this article is spot on with regard to handling fears and other negative emotions. If you are wondering, how to go from one stage that she describes to another, please read "The law of Attraction" or "Ask and It is Given", both written by Ester and Jerry Hicks. Most helpful are their specific exercises and using particular "laws", such as the "law of segmenting" and the "law of intending". The processes in these books will take you by the hand and lead you, step-by-step, from a negative state (of any kind) to a positive, hopeful state.

"The Astonishing Power of Emotions", a book also by the Hicks', is good, too, but that book deals with only more specific situations. The best place to start would be the two books cited above. Any of these books is great. For me, the results were amazing. Even if you are not familiar with or don't believe in "The Secret", applying the principles in these books can make a huge difference in your life.

Raphael M.
Raphael M.6 years ago

We have to be able to know the difference between rational and irrational fear.
Irrational fear is rooted in the past, in unresolved feelings attached to frequently forgotten experiences. It taint everything we see with the color of these past experiences. Most of humanity suffers from irrational fears, and consequently is not really capable of dealing with a present reality, and chooses the path of denial, of mental distortions, of mental or physical opiates (a mental opiate is a belief system that is used as a defense against feeling, and can be anything).

Rational fears are fairly basic, limited, and easy to use as a guide to avoid danger. It is, for example rational to fear rattlesnakes in the outdoors in some regions of the US. It is not rational to fear flying because of 9/11.

Margaret Cadogan
Past Member 6 years ago

Fear has a protective vice in our brain. What we choose to logically do with that fear generates our physical reaction to it. Without fear, we would be very unbalanced in our thinking.