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Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Doubt, Insecurity
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by Roy Posner and MSS


 

Causes, the Nature of Fear

Fear
Fear is uncertainty at the level of sensation. (MSS)

Cause of Fear

Fear at its root is due to lack of knowledge about the conditions.

Fear
Fear is the most fundamental, i.e. physical limitation of man. Even anger denotes a slight degree of mental consciousness. Fear can arise instantaneously through unconscious sensation

Fear and Attracting It
Fear is a perversion of Will and what a person fears all the time will come to him more quickly as the fear acts like a negative desire.

Thoughts on Fear
Fear is generated more by the assessment of the external situation, than by the situation itself.

Clear understanding of the situation vanishes mental fear. More vital energy than the field one is in will not allow fear in the vital. Energy of that level, and understanding of that clarity reaching the physical consciousness help the man rise above physical fear.

Fear rises as long as one is wedded to separation. Fear goes forever when the union or unity with the Spirit is felt. Beyond that, occasions of fear are moments of exhilaration of courage.  

Fear is ultimately transformed into Love, not courage. (MSS)

Thoughts on Fear

  • Fear is a perversion of the will. It is an active vibration opposing the will and actively destroys the creation and existence of any idea, thought or activity at the level it exists. 

  • Fear is more of a nervous sensation than an emotion. The vibration of fear and terror are ingrained in the nerves. The fear in the nerves stirs up the stomach and spreads down below. 

  • Fear in the mind is a fear of the understanding which makes the person faint. It spreads to the nerves and often gives shocks to the system. 

  • Physical fear is inherited from the animal life. 

  • To be human, mental or nervous fears should not be there. When physical (subconscious) fear is eliminated, Yoga is possible. 

  • A mild fear generates confusion; a great fear destroys creativity; a greater fear results in hatred or repulsion when suppressed. 

  • Fear is the one emotion that cannot be a medium to approach the Divine Consciousness. 
    Absence of fear instantaneously generates constant useful activities. A fearless person cannot be dull or lazy. 

  • Whatever the mental or other capacities of a man, the presence of fear in him will definitely cancel the final success of his projects. 

  • Any perfection at any level requires the abolition of fear at that level. 

  • The available enjoyment at any moment is brought down by fear. 

  • Fear can hide itself behind over-eating, artificial emotional relationships, over-indulgence in sex, or espousing non-existent emotions or ideals. 

  • Fear attracts accidents and violence. In very strong characters, it will generate these things. 

  • Fear in the nerves and dryness of the heart go together. Fear causes one to grow thin and wiry. 

  • Love finds it impossible to enter where fear lives. 

  • Fear makes one cling to things and persons and prevents happiness or joy from being felt. 

  • Freedom is more the opposite of fear than courage. 

  • Insistence in behaviour is a sign of fear. Fear seeks possession and destroys free appreciation or enjoyment. The presence of fear is an insurance against growth. 

  • When one part of the personality grows beyond the others, the gap created generates fear, i.e. when the mind makes progress but the emotions do not make the same growth, fear is created. 

  • Fear goes with poverty and ignorance. Freedom goes with plenty. 

  • One man with fear in an organisation can prevent the organisation from prospering since fear is a vibration that would dissolve creation. 

  • Between two fear-ridden people, the relationship will be destructive and happiness will be nil. The way of relating will either be through clinging to each other or great distrust and tension. 

  • The primitive man's courage before animals and weather is physical courage. The politician has vital courage. 

  • To conceive that the earth goes round the sun requires mental courage. Unless the mind is full of courage, it will give way when ideas that are not prevalent in the present society enter it.  (MSS)

Fear and the Subconscient
The subconscient is an unconscious and unevolved part of our inner being; a kind of vestige of our primitive heritage. For example, a good deal of the fear we experience in life wells up from this realm.

The subconscient has this overall negative nature because it has built in memory of millennia of human suffering, disease, and death. It sends up pessimistic, negative, fear-laden messages intent on overcoming the positives that occur on the surface. Its message is that anything positive on the surface is but a temporary distraction and waste of time because we will all end in disease, death, and destruction.

Fear and the Physical Vital Plane
Beyond the physical/body plane is the Vital plane. It is a substance of subtler substance and higher consciousness than the raw material substance and aspects of the physical plane. Its first subplane is the Physical Vital in the form of sensations of the nerves as urge, desire, and fear.

The physical part of the vital plane is (physical vital) where we experience the vital sensation of the nerves, the central nervous system, where we experience urge, desire, and fear.

Fear and Illness
There is no greater support for physical health than having a positive attitude.  Elimination of fear, doubt, anxiety, depression, and restlessness can really help one's health. 

The fear of an illness increases its intensity.  One is weak when fear of infection grips him. His body falls ill, catching the infection more out of its vital fear than as a process of infection.

 

Fear and Disease
In the 1930s, US president Franklin Roosevelt said that the only thing to fear is fear itself. He was referring to the terror people were experiencing as a result of the collapsing economy of the Great Depression, and the trust people should have in the government and society by putting their money back into the banks. Today we have similar fears, not only in financial matters, but in our concerns about our health. The situation with the H1N1 virus is a case in point, as we see panic rising in many quarters.

The Mother said that 95% of all illnesses are psychological in origin. I.e. there is some wanting quality of our being --perhaps a negative attitude or a misguided belief -- that opens us to the vibrations of illness. If we were to understand what is wanting within us, or otherwise take to calm and inner faith, we would not attract illnesses, or if we did, the case would be mild. If we also open to the spiritual Force when such fear of illness arises in our thoughts and emotions, then 90% of all illnesses can be avoided.

And yet the society itself is also gripped by fear, as the media plays off the nervousness and unease of the people, not realizing that it does a disservice in propagating fright and panic. But then the society around us is a reflection of our own individual consciousness. Whether negativity comes from within or without, we need to be vigilant of fear-laden and other negative thoughts and emotions.

In the final analysis, Roosevelt's maxim holds true today as it did back then: especially when it comes to illness. Fear breaks down the outer sheath of our physical being that protects us from illness, allowing the disease to enter. However, if we remain unmoved by that fear, and open to the spiritual Force that is increasingly in the atmosphere, we can enter a room of virulent contagion and not be effected one iota.

 

 

Overcoming Fear

Knowledge and Fear
Knowledge removes the basis of fear.

 

Cause & Solution to Fear

Fear at its root is due to lack of knowledge about the conditions. In the absence of knowledge, calm and spiritual faith will relieve it.

 

Overcoming Fear through Faith and Forgetting
Fear ends with faith in the Divine in the form of "Thy will Be Done," and then forgetting in trust and peace. Life will respond to the degree we surrender and forget.

 

Overcoming Fear through Connection to Inner Self
The Spirit itself is full of courage and freedom. Oneness felt as a result of union with our inner Self abolishes all fear. 
(MSS)

 

Overcoming Fear and Soul
Fear cannot exist when one has united with his soul, as fear disappears when there is no "other". (MSS)

 

Evolution from Fear to Courage to Love
-Fear
when fully transformed becomes courage.

-The source of courage is Love.

-Fear undergoes changes as follows. Fear that possesses > Fear that is frightening > Fear that neither possesses nor frightens > Less of fear > absence of fear > fearlessness > courage > physical, vital, mental, spiritual courage > Love. (MSS)

 

Worrying

On Worrying

-We waste so much of our lives worrying. How to turn worry into right thought, feeling, and action is a key inner skill in life.

-When we rise in consciousness, we become much more aware of our tendency to worry. This is a first step to eliminating it.

 

Worry Energizes a Problem

Man worries so much about an ordinary problem of his that it is energised by his intense attention and possesses him as an octopus. It is the same with diseases.

 

Worrying, Dark Circles, and Evocation of Joy

People with continuous dark circles under their eyes are of a worrying type. That deficiency can be overcome by continually trying to evoke feelings of happiness and joy.

 

Negative Life Response to Unclarity of Self-Conception, Self-Limitation

When you are not too clear about what you want to accomplish, and you set out on an act to achieve it, watch how life responds negatively with confusion or other forms of unsuccess. From this we see the need for self-conception, i.e. to conceive of what we wish to accomplish in the first place, and self-limitation, i.e. a mental gathering of ourselves from a wider to a specific narrower focus, mimicking the Creator who followed parallel processes in manifesting this universe.

 

Live Each Day Without Anxiety

Let us live each day without anxiety. Why worry beforehand about something that will probably never happen? (The Mother)

 

Consecrating Worry

Offering the worry to the spiritual Force, the Mother will give great relief.

 

On Overcoming Worry

Karmayogi defines worry as disease that is developed by lack of faith. When we say faith, we normally think of faith in Divine. But it also means all other faith we have - in our skill, our capacity, our reputation, our relations, our business atmosphere, our acumen, our intelligence, etc. - every form of faith or belief is included here.

There will not be any worry as long as we think that we are the "determinant". Worry starts only when we lose any faith, or doubt our strength. Worry starts out of insecurity that we are no more a determinant and we are losing control of result and nothing is going to happen as we expected.

Every worry is based on a fear. Every fear is based on a doubt. Every doubt has a seed of absence of faith. Finding that and taking opposite of it that increases the faith - preferably increasing faith on Mother - is the way to convert worry into happiness.

Karmayogi says - reverse working on this worry will reveal the higher determinant required for this - skill, capacity, energy, perseverance, patience, etc. Taking that is the way that one is surrendering his opinion and prejudice and partial knowledge to the higher determinant. No worry can be solved or surrendered in the same plane, that it is giving trouble. Only higher knowledge of the situation, higher skill, higher capacity or higher person or higher attitude or higher part of the Being can solve the problem and bring the happiness. This is the practical thing that can be done by one's own initiative as the thread starter suggested for.

But when we see that problem and worries are for progress, and if we define progress as evolution in consciousness - it is subjecting the lower consciousness to the higher consciousness, or allowing higher consciousness controlling the lower consciousness is the thumb rule for Divine Ananda. In that sense, spiritual ease comes from the consecration of the worry - what we understand by mind that there is always a higher determinant -Divine or Spirit. This is subjecting our worry of our mind to the higher aspect - Divine or Spirit. Mind will then convince the vital to shed its emotional disturbance and the released energy will activate the matter for required task. (Ramesh Kumar)

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The following lines from conversation between Karmayogi and an American business man will be of use here:

Karmayogi gives the following method to an American business man - (circulated as typed manuscript in late 80s):

To be free from worry - take a problem or project which is worrying you, first you understand what theoretically the project is, what it practically is. The translation of that project from the paper to the field, what is the mental strength, nervous, physical energy called for by the department or if it is your project, by you. With your experience you would know what is expected of your nerves, of your mind. You first examine whether you have it. The point of exhaustion of skill, capacity etc. is the starting point of worry.

If you don't any of it have it, first acquire it before you start implementing any other ideas. . If the theoretical basis of a project is fully understood, and its practical necessities are fully conceived, and if they are made full-proof in the consideration, during the course of the consideration, the mind suddenly says, "Yes, I understand all about it. It is not difficult"

The moment the mind gives that unseen signal and there is full understanding of that, the necessary nervous energy comes to us, the mental, nervous or physical energy needed to put it into practice, comes to us. We live in the moment and all worry goes off.

Once that happens, if you initiate the project now- anything may go wrong, anything may go right, it may be withdrawn, it may be done, everybody may be worried, everybody may panic, but worry cannot enter you. Everybody will be asking you, "Why are you not worried? How is it you are not worried? Do you have an alternative? You're going to be in soup! The whole scheme has come to ruin. What are you going to do?" It is impossible for you to worry etc., etc.

Once the mind is so fully convinced, what happens, the moment the mental comprehension is complete, it slightly overflows into the next higher level. It begins to have some contact with the next higher level which we call spirit, which one can call the inner being. The strength comes from there and then you feel a relief in the mental consideration of it. The whole thing will go right, it won't go wrong. Even if it goes wrong, you won't be worried. Later it will come right. When the mental understanding is just theoretical, paper understanding, mind consents to that 75% or 80%. As long as the mental consent or agreement or understanding is 99%, worry is possible. The moment it is 100%, you turn over in the mind, wait until that signal is given by the mind and a happy relief will be felt.

And then you initiate. Nothing will go wrong. And even if it goes wrong it will not give you worry.

 

Doubt

Thoughts on Doubt
Doubts arise out of ignorance. They can be cleared by giving knowledge. Irrationality raises doubts based on wishful thinking. They remain unanswered by knowledge. Life presents them answers as pain.

Doubt arises from the physicality that surfaces. Total absence of doubt shows the dynamism of physicality is no longer there, as in our walking we never doubt the earth on which we place our foot. The earth is there, but not with any dynamic presence in our waking consciousness.  (MSS)

Security without Truth
Seeking physical security alone without getting at its true cause enables greater insecurity.

Suspicion and Doubts

The secret of SUSPICION is faith in our doubts. (Karmayogi)

 

To Be Categorized

Cause & Solution to Fear

Fear at its root is due to lack of knowledge about the conditions. In the absence of knowledge, calm and spiritual faith will relieve it.

Fear is a primal reaction of sensation to perception that one has no control or power over things.

Fear attracts the object of fear.

The more you focus on what you fear, the more it increases.

The first line of defense over fear is calm that enables better understanding of the possibilities. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Fear and Disease

In the 1930s, US president Franklin Roosevelt said that the only thing to fear is fear itself. He was referring to the terror people were experiencing as a result of the collapsing economy of the Great Depression, and the trust people should have in the government and society by putting their money back into the banks. Today we have similar fears, not only in financial matters, but in our concerns about our health. The situation with the H1N1 virus is a case in point, as we see panic rising in many quarters.

The Mother said that 95% of all illnesses are psychological in origin. I.e. there is some wanting quality of our being --perhaps a negative attitude or a misguided belief -- that opens us to the vibrations of illness. If we were to understand what is wanting within us, or otherwise take to calm and inner faith, we would not attract illnesses, or if we did, the case would be mild. If we also open to the spiritual Force when such fear of illness arises in our thoughts and emotions, then 90% of all illnesses can be avoided.

And yet the society itself is also gripped by fear, as the media plays off the nervousness and unease of the people, not realizing that it does a disservice in propagating fright and panic. But then the society around us is a reflection of our own individual consciousness. Whether negativity comes from within or without, we need to be vigilant of fear-laden and other negative thoughts and emotions.

In the final analysis, Roosevelt's maxim holds true today as it did back then: especially when it comes to illness. Fear breaks down the outer sheath of our physical being that protects us from illness, allowing the disease to enter. However, if we remain unmoved by that fear, and open to the spiritual Force that is increasingly in the atmosphere, we can enter a room of virulent contagion and not be effected one iota. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Results of Crying, Laughing at Trouble

If you cry at a trouble, it grows double. If you laugh at a trouble, it disappears like a bubble. (Bhairavi Chiplunkar)

 

Deep Fear to Deep Affection

Deep fear was turned into deep affection when the individual was taken out of fear. The intense negative shows the potential for its opposite. (2009-2011 Q1)

 


 

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