When Overwhelmed With Fear
Fear is to be expected in the process of spiritual awakening, even crippling, terrorizing, paralyzing fear.
Fear that keeps you up all night, when you’re tossing and turning in your bed, unable to sleep.
Thoughts keep gnawing and you can’t seem to get off the emotional roller-coaster.
Here follow some things that will help you go through these times, but the most important thing is to remember that the discomfort that the ego feels is good news for the soul; great inner work is being done and the fear is an expression of the resistance from the ego.
- Be in nature – good for grounding yourself, coming back to the earth from being lost in your mind and stream of thoughts. Ask nature for cleansing and cleaning you and bring you back to balance and harmony.
- Pray, even if you feel resistance to it, even if you feel angry with God, even if you feel hopelessness, even if you feel no one hears you; pray anyway.
- Meditate. Just sit, do nothing, don’t even try to meditate. Just sit in silence. Breath.
- Cry if you feel for it. Sometimes we can feel deep sadness but are unable to cry, especially when we feel deep hopelessness, at those times it can even help to help those tears out and to cry without crying, it can start the process and be a huge release of the inner turmoil. Don’t act brave, cry if you have to.
- If you can’t sleep, listen to holy/sacred scriptures on mp3. The New Testament for example is many hours long. Put it on while you lay in your bed and focus yourself on God.
- Turn to God and pray even more. The Truth shall set you free, trust it even if you can’t see it or even feel it at the moment.
- Have faith, know that this will pass. Remember last week when you were happy? Now you’re sad and fearful and that too will pass.
- Recognize the stories you make up about the situation, just notice how your mind dramatizes it and see how much of it is actually a reality and how much is a mind-made story. This can be very relieving and can allow your shoulders to relax a bit when you see how the mind operates on fear.
- Avoid thinking too far ahead. Do your best to stay here and now as much as you can.
- Avoid imagining consequences and outcomes. We can’t know them, we can only go with the heart one step at a time, and the heart rarely shows us two steps ahead.
- Talk with someone who knows how it feels, someone who can relate to what you’re going through.
- Don’t distract yourself with unenlightening activities such as drinking alcohol, popping pills that numb you, excessive mindless online browsing and TV etc. If you feel completely overwhelmed with feelings, take the immediate heaviness off by watching a comedy or something, but the very best thing is to get out in nature.
- Don’t make hasty decisions, sleep on it, see how you feel about it in the morning. Oftentimes decisions made when in turmoil or confusion are decisions based on fear and not very wise.
- Pray. Did I mention that? Don’t stop praying, and I know that this can be very difficult when the ego is revolting against transformation and growth, it will even make prayer into something repulsive. Don’t ever let go of praying. Pray that God takes over your life – Now.
“I’m yours God – whatever it takes, I am yours”.
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Typical Scandinavian thing; when the first Tussilago is seen, that means spring is here! I saw these a couple of days ago or so and they made me smile BIG 🙂
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