Fear, Anxiety and Worry

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 | by Brenda Stanton

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men & women! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.” Phillips Brooks

Consider this: When you are a creative individual – someone who is full of ideas, full of energy, full of light – someone who is here to help others and express ideas through a variety of avenues–you will deal with fear, anxiety and worry.

And, these emotions will crop-up each time you decide to make a change, grow, and evolve – so getting used to that fact now will relieve a lot of the stress, right?

Well, one would hope this were true, but it’s not so easy accepting the emotions that don’t feel natural, but are totally natural.

When fear, worry and anxiety have a grip on you – the natural tendency is to want to swat these emotions away as you would a bug flying in your face. You want them gone, pronto.

Yet, if you know that it’s natural and totally normal to feel these feelings more often than not, would you give yourself a break and learn to accept them, almost even welcome them as an anticipated guest in your home?

When attending a spiritual retreat once, I heard someone mention that they judged themselves for feeling emotions such as worry, anxiety, anger, resentment, jealousy and envy – all emotions that didn’t feel so “spiritual” and “pure”. And they were making themselves wrong for feeling them – as if they were reverting back to their old ways and failing at this whole “spiritual thing”.

Yet, feeling emotions is purifying. Have you ever heard the term: “You need to feel to heal?”

Consider this famous Rumi quote to help drive the point home: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

It’s true. Emotions, “old stuff”- must come-up to get out of you. You need to feel it to release it. Going through it may not be comfortable but coming through the other side of it is truly liberating.

The reason that emotions such as anxiety and worry crop-up, is because of fear – Fear of loss, fear of the unknown, even – a fear that you won’t be able to protect yourself from danger.

However, consider that this attitude of protecting yourself from danger is an old attitude from long ago that is still programmed into your consciousness. It has an overwhelming responsibility attached to it – almost as if we were living in cavemen/cavewomen times where we needed to fight for our lives and do everything just to survive.

But we aren’t in those times anymore – we’ve outgrown them.

Sure, you need to still be aware of your surroundings and use your instincts often. However, you have shelter, you have food, you have safety – but sometimes those old fears can continue to convince you that you may lose them- and that it’s up to you to not allow that to happen.

This attitude of mere survival is Faith in reverse. This is relying purely on your ego – and this thinking will not evolve you – or our planet.

The Truth is: we are in a very exciting time, although according to the news it doesn’t feel that way. Our world is evolving – and it needs you to help get us there. This is why you may feel anxious, worried and fearful – because you’re hearing a call from within that you may not recognize – or know what to do with!

My advice? Heed the call. Have the courage to listen to what your heart is urging you to ‘do’ and BE. Yet, at the same time know that – it’s not up to “you” to know how you get there, or how it gets done, or having an A-Z plan. You have a much more powerful source on your side who will guide you – it’s learning to trust this inner guide that’s the KEY.

Imagine that we’re all waves floating on the ocean of Divinity. The wave could never possess or take control of the entire ocean – it’s not big or powerful enough. However, the ocean is vast, deep and infinite – and is what gives the wave life. The ocean lies underneath the wave – giving it all the power to rise-up and effortlessly do its work on the surface.

So, the next time you feel fear, anxiety and worry and feel as if you’re completely responsible for being General Manager of the Universe – give yourself a break – and remember the Truth.

Check-out the Worthy Work section below to watch a beautiful video and listen to a Rumi poem being read that will remind you of any emotions that you feel – are actually there to remind you of where your strength resides – and how is asking you to rise-up.

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Click Here to watch I’ve Come To Take You With Me Video Here

Here are the words if you’d like to read along

even if i must drag you along
but first must steal your heart
then settle you in my soul

i’ve come as a spring
to lay beside your blossoms
to feel the glory of happiness
and spread your flowers around

i’ve come to show you off
as the adornment in my house
and elevate you to the heavens
as the prayers of those in love

i’ve come to take back
the kiss you once stole
either return it with grace
or i must take it by force

you’re my life
you’re my soul
please be my last prayer
my heart must hold you forever

from the lowly earth
to the high human soul
there are a lot more
than a thousand stages

since i’ve taken you along
from town to town
no way will i abandon
you halfway down this road

though you’re in my hands
though i can throw you around
like a child and a ball
i’ll always need to chase after you



To Your Worth!

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