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Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Fear - Transformational Distinctions

Fear can be defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

In a transformational context, we emphasize the idea that fear is caused by a belief, distinguishing it from legitimate fear arising from immediate physical danger or the threat of death, such as facing a bear in the woods. Nonetheless, we equate the fear stemming from limiting beliefs with the same physiological and emotional response as if we were facing imminent death. In this case, the death of our ego. It is this imagined FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) that holds us back in life. These self-imposed limitations include fears of failure, rejection, judgment, or inadequacy, as well as the fears driving our survival strategies.

In transformational trainings, the focus is on distinguishing between legitimate concerns and irrational fears in order to move beyond them. The aim is not to eliminate fear entirely but to transform it. By confronting and transforming our fears, we can access our full potential and live more authentic and fulfilling lives.

In the [re] WIRED for Peace training, we take this a little further and examine the context generated when we live life from fear by identifying the experiences present in such a context. And just as an environment of love can create peace, we assert that a fear-based context actually causes conflict and war, not only in our families but also in the world. This assertion is not to put blame or burden on our lives, but to empower us to live life from love, free from fear, knowing that if we do, we are catalysts for peace.

Poem on Fear & Circumstances by Jo Englesson

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