Fear is a powerful force that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. It can stop us from pursuing our dreams, taking risks, and living our lives to the fullest. Any feelings that you focus on that you give a lot of importance to will become manifested in some way or another. It's the law of attraction in motion, being given permission to manifest itself in your life. No one wants to manifest their worst fears, but many of us do. As a reader and guide for many years, it's been something that I have seen happen, time and time again. It's the exact opposite of what we want, But, because we spend so much time and energy imagining it, we manifest it. Those that put even their energy and time into focusing on what they have instead of what they don't have more positive outcomes. However, as spiritual beings, we have the power to face our fears and live a life of joy and abundance. Here are seven steps to help you overcome your fears and transcend to a higher level of consciousness.
Step 1: Acknowledge Your Fears
The first step in learning how to face your fears is to acknowledge them. Take a moment to reflect on what is causing your fear and how it is affecting your life. This self-reflection is essential because it allows you to take control of your thoughts and emotions. Recognize that fear is a natural part of the human experience, and it is okay to feel afraid. It’s not okay to avoid your fears, repress them and allow them to control you. The key is to start by identifying the fear. You must first learn to face your fears, look at them dead in the eye and don't deviate. Though they may scream at you. Though they may make all kinds of noise, remember. It's just fear. Learn to identify precisely what you are dealing with. Past experiences, rumors and hardships have a way of branding our minds with traumatic memories that we often struggle to manage. At the very least, be honest about what it is that you are harboring in the hiding places of your mind.
Step 2: Identify Your Triggers
Fear is a process that physically begins in an area of the brain called the amygdala. Its sole purpose is to protect you from perceived danger. Once you have acknowledged your fears, the next step is to identify your triggers. What situations or events cause your fears to arise? Fear itself is not a danger to you. The potential risk and danger is what causes the pain. By identifying your triggers, you can prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to face them head-on and understand what you can do to conquer your fears. This step requires self-awareness and a willingness to be honest with yourself. Many of us avoid this step at all costs. The mere idea of identifying a trigger is a trigger point in of itself. It can set off a whole chain reaction of thoughts and feelings that can be very hard to manage once they get going. Until you take the time to write them out, look at them and see what they are, how they happen and how they affect you, you will be powerless to their control over you and how they create automatic reactions.
Step 3: Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and fully engaged with your surroundings. By practicing mindfulness, you can calm your mind and reduce anxiety. Mindfulness techniques can include meditation, breathing exercises, and visualization. These techniques allow you to focus on the present moment and reduce the impact of fear on your mind and body. Another way of practicing is to immerse yourself in nature. Get in the forest. Sit in your backyard. Go to a park. Watch the birds. Look at the butterflies. Take a moment to stop spinning out of control and ground yourself for a little while.
Start with rationalizing your fear. Use the same mind that helps break down math problems to help you figure out what you need to do next. Logic is your friend. Emotions are not. When you remove emotions from the equation, things become so much more clear. Sometimes just taking five minutes to stop the noise and incessant thoughts can be enough to bring about a sense of peace. Allowing you to be aware that you’ve been stuck in a cycle of repetitive thoughts and emotions. It’s okay to take a step back from trying to think through a problem and allow your higher self to sit next to you and give you some comforting advice to face your fears and anxiety.
Step 4: Embrace Your Faith
Faith is a powerful tool in overcoming fear. Whether it is faith in a higher power, faith in yourself, or faith in the universe, it can provide the strength and courage you need to face your fears. Embrace your faith and trust that everything will work out for your highest good. We operate that faith in all that we do. We are either believing in good outcomes or we are believing in poor outcomes. The world is always in motions. Always spinning. So are our thoughts and emotions. Even at rest, we dream. So why not dream of something big, valuable, that you want and hope for instead of investing in the worst possible outcomes that you can imagine?
Step 5: Take Action
Taking action is the most important step in overcoming your fears. It is easy to get stuck in a cycle of fear and worry, but the only way to break the cycle is to take action. Break down the risks vs. benefits. Create a list of each. Then prioritize what YOU want. Not what you fear but instead what you need and want to be happy. You'll soon realize that fear is in the way of your happiness, goals, and destiny. Start small and gradually work your way up to bigger challenges. Each time you face your fears, you will gain more confidence and strength. So few of us actually try. We remain paralyzed, waiting for a breakthrough, sometimes, we are just too lazy to begin. You are in charge of your body, mind and soul. Fear is crucial for our survival. It's also an essential part of what motivates us. The fear of failure is a reasonable fear to have. Those who don't experience it enough are often satisfied with lives that are at best described as unfulfilled.
Step 6: Surround Yourself with Support
Surrounding yourself with supportive people is essential in overcoming your fears. Seek out friends, family members, or a spiritual advisor who can provide encouragement and guidance. Having a support system can make all the difference when facing your fears. Be aware of those who would want you to remain in a place of weakness, dependent on them or that want company in their misery. Choose your support system wisely. You may ask yourself if it is even good to face your fears, well facing your fears, whether great or small, will always result in a greater sense of joy, achievement, and happiness. It will result in more significant growth for you, and while it may not always guarantee success, living in fear will ensure failure.
Step 7: Trust the Universe
Finally, trust that the universe has a plan for you. Trust that everything will work out in the end. By letting go of the need to control every aspect of your life, you can find peace and freedom from fear. Trust that the universe is guiding you towards your highest good and embrace the journey. Being in the middle of a process of renewal, of growth and evolution can make us feel like we are almost being punished. It can be painful, challenging and overly difficult. We can’t see the other side of the journey and we may lose sight of what it was we were fighting for. We strive but struggle. We hope but don’t believe. We lose faith and trust that the Universe, The Divine, God has our best interests at heart. We begin to self victimize and get very comfortable with the idea that powers outside of ourselves are working against us. Whatever you believe is true and real. You are exactly where you need to be. All is well. Everything is working out in your favor. Give it enough time and you’ll see that too.
In conclusion, overcoming your fears is a journey that requires self-awareness, mindfulness, faith, and action. By following these seven steps, you can transcend your fears and live a life of joy and abundance. Remember, fear is only an illusion, and you have the power to overcome it. Trust yourself, trust the universe, and trust the journey.