All of us have experienced fear at different times in our lives. Sometimes it makes perfect sense to be afraid of something, since fear can act as a survival mechanism, a logical signal telling us to get out of a dangerous situation. At other times, our fearful reactions seem out of proportion to the surface event, and in those cases, it’s useful to take a closer look at what’s driving our behavior.
One of the key things to understand about irrational fears is that the driving forces behind them are rooted in the subconscious and that the original seeds were usually planted long ago. So the real impetus for the fear is not the event that we’re consciously aware of but something much older that’s lodged in the Body-Psyche as an emotional memory that keeps playing itself out in different forms.
A New Approach
The standard approach to dealing with fear has been to try to overcome subconscious fears with conscious will. But trying to force a solution doesn’t work on a deeper, long-term level. You’ll never be truly free of the fear, which will always be lurking in the background, potentially crippling your emotions, your actions, and your relationships.
So what can you do about it? My upcoming guided meditation, Extinguish The Fuel Of Fear, based on the Body-Psyche Guide to Inner Wisdom, shows you how to get to the core of the fear, go one stage deeper to find the wound that’s fueling it, and finally, heal that core wound so that the actual fuel of the fear dissolves.
When that happens, your fear evaporates and your experience of life transforms.
A Three-Step Guided Meditation for Dissolving Fear
The three-step process works like this:
Find the core of the fear
The guided meditation first brings your attention inward to focus on your body-felt sensations, which is a much more powerful way to work on healing and transformation. Fear usually expresses itself in a number of ways—rising heart rate, shallow breathing, changes in hormone levels and brain activity. You’ll use these inner body sensations to uncover the core location of the fear in your body. The Guided Meditation for Dissolving Fears gradually brings your attention more and more into this core body site of the fear.
Uncover the driver of the fear
A lot of methods that claim to release fears would normally stop there and just work with that core place, but this guided meditation goes one step further. It takes you beneath the core fear to something even deeper—to the driver or the fuel of the fear, which is always some body site and some emotion from an earlier incident in your life, when you were facing some threat. This fundamental cause of the fear is usually completely hidden from your conscious awareness because it happened so long ago. Even the emotion that accompanied it at the time has probably become hidden from your conscious awareness because it was too overwhelming to face at the time. So this second step of the meditation goes to that next level of depth to discover what you needed or wanted back when the core pattern of the fear was created—because that piece that’s still missing is the fuel of the fear.
Heal the Core Wound
As you focus your attention on the driver spot or the source of the fear, you’ll gently breathe into that spot and discover—not so much in words but in feelings—what you really needed, what resource was missing back at the time the pattern of fear first began. And then you’ll provide that feeling, that needed nourishment to that driver spot. By gently and slowly fulfilling that driver need, you will gradually transform that core place, and from there, the whole network of fearful reactions. This is one of the most effective ways to begin dismantling the entire pattern of fear.
To read about how I dealt with a situation like this in my own life, see my article, Dissolving Fear—A Personal Story.