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Honoring Fear

Honoring Fear

Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
–Rainer Maria Rilke

Though its purpose has been twisted, the original function of fear was to help the body deal with something the psyche considered dangerous through fighting or engaging or fleeing. But fleeing, avoiding, and denying do not help health; a more proactive stance is required.

If you are facing fears around illness or some other life-issue, these insightful questions will help you to think differently about fear, honoring it rather than simply avoiding it.

Take a few minutes to think about your fears and what they might mean from a perspective of honoring. Ask yourself, how has this illness or issue changed my direction in life? What has it pointed me toward? What has it guided me away from? What have I chosen to fight harder for? What have I let go, realizing that it really wasn’t all that important to me? For what can I give thanks to this illness or issue? For what can I give thanks to the fear?

Imagine yourself honoring the fear in some way, like shaking its hand and thanking it for a job well done, or dialoguing with it; this acknowledges the original intention of the fear and can clear the way for its release.

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Adapted from Healing Without Fear, by Laurel Ann Reinhardt (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Laurel Ann Reinhardt. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Healing Without Fear, by Laurel Ann Reinhardt (Inner Traditions, 2002).

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11:44PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you.

11:43PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you.

11:43PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you.

11:42PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you.

7:33AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

helpful tips

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11:23AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Thank you

8:49AM PST on Nov 21, 2010

This is a difficult but worthy challenge in life. Sometimes there seems to be no other way BUT to be afraid and then think of what happened before that was just like this. Facing fear is not the same as loving it, but when you see the results change then the reward soon is there

5:08PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

Thanks for the info.

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