During my weeklong adventure in Peru’s Amazon jungle I learned a very important lesson that will forever change the way I see life.
Until this trip, I had a lifelong fear of bugs, of the diseases they carry, of their mere physicality, of the unknown really. With the selfless support of the other teachers and shamans by my side, Daniel Gutierrez and Eva Charlotte, I was able to put this deep seeded fear to bed once and for all.
What I am about to share is the summation of my lightbulb moment, of the aha that bursted the fear bubble that once blocked me from fully trusting, fully surrendering to the beauty of life. It is my hope that by sharing you will be able to separate from your own mind fears and live a life of freedom and trust.
There are two main types of fear: imaginative and real.
Imaginative fear is created in the mind and is caused by us living either in the past or in the future.
It is caused by us refusing to let go of painful memories or living inside ridiculous stories we have once heard, that are just that- stories with no evidence to back them up. We are projecting the past into the present and we are living inside old, stale wounds.
It is caused by the mind creating fears of what might occur in the future. We think we are protecting ourselves, when in fact we are paralyzing ourselves. When we activate this false sense of protection, this life jacket we glue to ourselves becomes our straight jacket.
This imaginative type of fear does not serve us in the slightest, it robs us the gift of the present moment and drives us absolutely mad!
The beautiful thing about fear is when you run to it it runs away. -Robin Sharma
On the other hand, the kind of fear which is from the body, is warranted and serves us well.
This type of fear floods us with adrenaline so that we can protect ourselves in the moment from a genuine threat. For example if a tiger crossed our path we would go into fight or flight so that we could survive.
This is a genuine threat to our safety, this is not imaginative nor is it only in the mind, it is in physical form staring you in the face.
See the difference now?
So the next time you feel fear coming over you, ask yourself is this real or am I imagining?
99% of the time it’s from our minds, so take a deep breath and relax back into the present.