Your True Self is Fearless

Given this is internationally celebrated Self-Awareness Month, what better way to celebrate than to work to let go of fear? Here is guidance for releasing ourselves from fear from The Essential Laws of Fearless Living, by Guy Finley (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2008).

Have you ever wondered if other people see things in the same way that you do? For instance, thought it has gone on for decades, there has been a recent rash of over-the-top white-collar crime. It would seem that having multimillions isn’t enough for some folks, so they steal money from their own companies, leaving employees out in the cold.

Now, couple this blatant criminal behavior with the following curious fact: Many of these wildly successful executives admit they are haunted by a daily fear of failure. Now what seems obvious (to me)–and yet no one seems to see–is this: Our present-day definition of success makes no sense at all! What sane person would envy living in the kind of environment in which insatiable greed and fear are always prowling around in the back of one’s mind?

So, either our whole notion of what it means to succeed is mistaken, or over time we have become identified with a wrong idea about what it means to be a “winner.”

Following is the true meaning of a successful life. Please read it at least twice so that something of its subtle nature has the chance to stir your mind:

Real success is a creative state of being that comes with living in conscious relationship with an intelligence that never fears because it never fails to achieve its end–in spite of changing conditions.

The following three insights are designed to help us look at our old, familiar fearful reactions in a whole new way.
1. Self-awakening, and the new order of freedom that attends it, begins with seeing through what is not real.
2. No fact is frightening unless it runs into conflict with what we want.
3. It is in our power to discover that who we really are has nothing to fear, but that we make ourselves fearful each time we look outside of ourselves for some power to make us feel fearless.


Jude Hand
Judith Hand4 years ago

I disagree with the title, for starters. I think we are all fearful; it's a tough life. We can theorize it to death and get pumped up until the next read, but it doesn't make it not so. I join an earlier commenter; I need my "higher power".

Kathy K.
Kathy K.4 years ago


Zee NoPetitions Kallah
.5 years ago

Concerning negative emotions, once I "yelled at" my Higher Power, "If you were human, you wouldn't like it either."

Response: "I didn't like it."

My Higher Power is groovy! He has the greatest sense of humor!

Zee NoPetitions Kallah
.5 years ago

Fear can be a useful survival skill.

I'd enjoy playing in traffic but , I'm scared!


The emotions we consider negative can be positive if we choose to properly use them.

But, then, define fear?

That would be interesting material for meditation. LOL

I'm a rebel at heart. Aren't we all?

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy5 years ago

Our true self may be fearless, it's the acceptance we have to worry about.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jeff J.
Richard N.6 years ago


Bee Hive Lady
Fiona Ogilvie6 years ago

Here we go again the Care 2 lapse in accepting my comment.

Bee Hive Lady
Fiona Ogilvie6 years ago

When I was in graduate school I realized that I feared both failure and success. I was going mad. I got counseling and still go. It is always great to read articles like this one that help reinforce the insights I am gaining from the work I am doing with my counselor.

Joseph Jackowitz
Joseph Jackowitz8 years ago

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