Start Releasing Your Fear

Start releasing fear by reaching out and beginning to talk freely and expressively, about feeling afraid. If this seems impossible because you have been taught that fear is a sign of weakness, talk about that.

Guilt is a tremendous obstacle in this regard, and so is shame. But an opening must be found, and I believe the following steps are effective:

Be with your fear, seeing it as a bodily sensation. Think of this sensation as rooted in old energies that have been stored up. Ask that pent-up energy to flow out of your body. Assist this flow until you have released what is ready to leave right now.

Each step has its own technique. First, feeling fear as a bodily sensation gets it out of the realm of the mind. Fear has a voice. It speaks of many dangers; it accumulates scenarios of doom and whirls from one to the other without end.

As a voice, fear is extremely persuasive, yet the words are connected to bodily reactions. These are much easier to release than your thoughts. Thoughts come and go, often increasing in intensity the more you resist them. Bodily sensations are more objective.

First locate your bodily sensations of fear. These often include tightened muscles first explore the susceptible areas of neck, forehead, chest, pit of the stomach, and lower back. Sometimes we feel pronounced weakness or heaviness in the limbs.

Fear and anxiety send up countless thoughts, but until you move the energy, attending to the thoughts will not bring lasting relief. Fear will just attach itself to a new set of thoughts. Ask for this unwanted energy to leave, and assist it to depart. This assistance, the most critical step, can be done through deep, relaxed breathing, listening, moving, making sounds, or toning.

Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).

62 comments

dawn w.
Dawn W.5 years ago

I need this article.I've been in therapy for years because of fear but it hasn't helped much,probably because I'm too scared to talk to my therapist about my serious issues.

Lora H.
Lora H.5 years ago

I've been facing my fears for months but I never thought of talking about it... thank you.

Brigid C.
Brigid C.5 years ago

thank you

heather g.
heather g.5 years ago

An article like this helps one to look at oneself anew. Fears can be so deep-seated that only counselling could get you in touch with the fears. However, there are people I come across on a daily basis who are so apathetic - they don't seem to know what is happening in their own environment and certainly not in the world. Why do I puzzle over this - could this behaviour be due to fear? I can't make head or tail of this behaviour......

Susan S.
Susan S.5 years ago

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an emotion that is the most difficult to deal with for them (sadness, anger, fear). I find that fear can be paralyzing because it can prevent a person from living to the fullest.

Loo Samantha
Loo sam5 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Marjaana V.
m y.5 years ago

my fears are pretty abstract, but i suppose it won't hurt to check it out and see if i've just shoved them so far back that i don't acknowledge them any more...?

thanks, will look into it!

Vicki Peyser
Victoria P.5 years ago

Fear and anxiety have often prevented me from moving forward in various areas of my life. Thank-you for the encouraging and informative article.

Howard C.
.5 years ago

Thank you for the article, very interesting and useful. Fear is the most terrible and destructive emotion.

Carmen H.
Carmen Hearne5 years ago

thank you i enjoy reading your words of wisdom. talking is something i don't do much and should do more especially expressing how i feel!