Indeed this is my first blog…i had lots of fear n thinking how to overcome…today i let it go n post my first article that inspire me
Deal With Fear Through Positive Affirmations
We’ve recently had several conversations with friends who mentioned that fear is so much in evidence today in the general consciousness. “Fear of what?” we asked. “Everything,” they said. “Losing jobs, going broke, violence, relationships. You name it. People are just filled with fear these days.”
Fear is a pernicious problem that shuts down our life force. Like depression or any other problem that inhibits the flow of positive energy, fear starts a negative cycle that becomes self-reinforcing . Decreased energy causes decrease in will which, in turn, reduces our energy even further. But, there are ways to reverse this cycle. Here, are some tools from our spiritual path.
Law of opposites: In theory at least, it is easy to overcome any problem: Simply put out equal or greater energy in the opposite direction. The best way to cancel a negative tendency is to develop its positive counterpart. To overcome fear, develop faith or non-attachment.
Start with small steps. Concentrate first on simply increasing the flow of physical energy. Exercise daily, do some deep breathing. Practice the energisation exercises that Paramhansa Yogananda taught.
Then apply your increased energy to overcoming fear. Think of fear like a wildfire in the brain. Stomp out the small sparks right away before they have time to start a conflagration.
Non-attachment: Most fear centers around losing something you value. The more you develop non-attachment, the less vulnerable you will be. Every night, before you sleep, give all your possessions and all your desires back to God. Make Him responsible for your wellbeing and security.
Try especially to give Him negative desires, the ones that contract your consciousness and cause you to emphasise your ego or little self. They are the main source of our fears and anxiety.
Affirmation: Replace fear thoughts through the use of affirmation. Swami Kriyananda suggests to repeat this: “I live protected by God’s infinite light. So long as i remain in the heart of it, nothing and no one can harm me.” It is followed by this prayer: “I look to Thee for my strength, Lord. Hold me closely in Thy arms of love. Then, whatever happens in my life, i shall accept with joy.” This affirmation will become a powerful ally to help you drive out fear.
Visualisation: Fear originates in parts of the primitive brain that are pre-verbal. Visualisation helps reprogramme reactive processes in these areas. Imagine yourself bathed in a golden light that both protects and strengthens you.
Giving love and security: To change thought habits, give to others that which you want for yourself. In this case, give love and security to others. Look for at least two opportunities each day to help allay fear in someone else.
One of the opportunities should be for a friend or loved one. But the other, if possible, should be for a stranger. This practice unleashes the infinite power of the law of karma and the Golden Rule, which advises us to give unto others that which we would like to receive ourselves.
Remember, that God’s infinite love and protection already surrounds you. Your job is simply to recognise its presence and let it work its magic. (The authors are directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide).
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi