I've been thinking a lot about fear lately. I've realized I feel fear in a few different areas of my life, and that fear has been attracting negative thoughts which have been holding me back. In the Scool of Life Design forum, the brilliant Rhina suggested watching this video by Marie Forleo about embracing fear, because fear is just excitement with the brakes on.
I AM SO INSPIRED. Wow, what a new way to think! The subjects I am fearful about are definitely where I want to succeed the most! My creative endeavors, Astrojax performance, and spiritual adventures... I am officially ready to ride my fear! Fear indicates excitement! And RIDING fear produces euphoria! Just think about a rollercoaster - when you drop from the top, your gut-wrenching fear turns into extreme exhilaration. YES! You did it! You conquered your fear!
My new life strategy: if I feel fear, it is a clear indicator to GO FOR IT! Fear is fuel! Now that I've been getting better at directing/programming my thoughts, I can easily start telling myself: "fear feels good." Fear is a blessed guide! When you feel fear, you have easy access to the opposite: joy! When you feel one side of the wave, the other is already created! The opposite of fear is joy! Fear is actually showing you the path to JOY!
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson