The dimension of fear can be a huge challenge for most people and can act as the biggest resistance to them aligning with their life-stream. However, like all dimensions in the mind, when one is aligned with this dimension, it allows for a positive, and wholesome, experience of life. Just imagine how your life would be if you did not “feel” the resistance of fear while having access to the intuition/instinct of well-being – it would allow you to move forward into actions that you feel inspired towards, without being held back by grip of fear.
When you are drunk (or high on drugs), you are quite free of the resistance of fear (because your brain is passive) but you lack the wisdom/alacrity of a conscious state of being, hence you may end up doing something unwise, that you regret later, under such an inebriated state – however, it gives you a glimpse of what it feels like to be free of the resistance of fear in your being. What is ideal, of course, is to be free of the resistance of fear, while having access to wisdom/intelligence – this is exactly the place you reach when awareness becomes stable in you.
The stability of awareness dissolves the grip of fear. The only reason we “fear” fear is because we primitively shrink away from it whenever it arises in the mind – this is an unconscious reaction in the being. As you become stable in awareness, you develop the courage/spaciousness, to stop running away from the sensation of fear and you simply open up to it whenever it arises – in simple words you “allow” fear of the mind, without looking for ways to escape it. “Allowing” is by itself an act of love, and hence, what you are doing is bringing love to fear (in an authentic way, with some courage). When you do this, you can soon explore the boundaries of fear, because all the dimensions of the mind have a limit to their intensity, and once you’ve allowed yourself to experience the full intensity of a dimension, you no longer fear it.
Are you imbalanced in the fear dimension?
There are people who are quite fearless in an unconscious way, in that they are “dare devils” without much space of wisdom in their being. You usually find such people living on the edge and mostly living life in an unwise or immature manner. Such people, in one sense, have learnt to suppress their fear dimension so strongly that they become devoid of the positives of this dimensions (which is to provide you with instinct/intuition/wisdom for your well-being).
There are others who constantly push themselves into action, forcing themselves out of their comfort zone, despite the fear (thus ignoring the call of wisdom, in many cases), working through strain, and struggle, to achieve some results which usually just create more dis-harmony in their life – this is just another form of forced suppression of fear. If you are not comfortable with something, it’s an indication that it’s either not right for you or you don’t have the maturity/resources to deal with it right now, your job is to do the inner work of alignment and then move from a place of inspiration/wisdom that arises at the right time, rather than push yourself, immaturely, out of your comfort-zone, which is purely an act of self-violence (which has a strong energy of negativity rather than ease/joy).
Then there are people on the other side, who are held prisoners to the dimension of fear, causing them to life fearful lives, strongly resistant to the movement of their life-stream, hence ending up in stagnation and stuck-up-ness. If you are controlled by fear, it’s not possible for you to really move freely along with the inspiration of your life stream, and thus you miss out on opportunities of positive experiences and you also keep yourself from living your full potential (suppressing your natural expression). Imagine the life of a talented artist who lives in fear of being judged, he/she will constantly shirk away from displaying their art in public out of fear of criticism and hence would never be able to showcase their talent or make progress, thus living a stuck-up life. When you are controlled by fear, you are nothing short of a prisoner who is held behind bars, who cannot come out freely to explore life.
Fear shows up in various expressions, such as – insecurity, possessiveness (imbalance in love dimension), guilt, neediness, fear-based aggressiveness (imbalance in hatred dimension) – as you can see, an imbalance in fear dimension easily spills over as imbalances in other dimensions of your mind. By far, this dimension has the strongest hold on the mind because the mind interprets fear as a direct threat to its survival – a strong imbalance in this dimension, of fear, can suppress all the other dimensions of the mind. When you are unconscious, you are highly likely to be controlled by the irrational fears of the mind which are purely coming from a place of negativity rather than coming from a place of wisdom.
Fearless with wisdom
Awareness is the only way to be free of the grip of fear while ensuring the presence of wisdom. It’s also possible to be free of fear through “suppression”, which is a tendency in an unconscious state of being, but when you do this, you also suppress the wisdom/intuition of this dimension (suppression is possible in many ways, be it through mental techniques or through chemicals) – suppression may seem attractive because it can give you an illusion of immediate relief, but in the long run, suppressive tendencies always lead to a disharmony and imbalance. Awareness is not suppression, awareness is “openness”, a total allowing of what arises – this is the power of awareness in that it brings love to all dimensions in the mind, thus dissolving their negative influence, while retaining their positive aspects.
When you become stable in your awareness, you understand that the dimension of fear is not a big deal at all because you totally “see through” it. You are no longer shirking away from allowing fear to arise, and soon fear loses its “grip” on you while you still retain access to instinct/intuition coming from this dimension – hence you don’t become a reckless dare-devil, rather you become a maturely fearless person who has a free movement in life, living authentically in tune with your natural expression, aligned with the inspirations that arises from within. It’s true that one has to go through some initial discomfort of becoming allowing of fear, it’s like when you stop running away from something and simply let it penetrate you fully, but this act of “surrender” reveals your true power, your invincibility and your spacious nature.
You come to a place of freedom from fear when you pass through fear without holding an armor and shield in front you, you drop all your protection and let yourself be fully penetrated by fear that arises in you – letting go of all techniques and escapist strategies. This innocent surrender makes you see the true nature of fear, and gradually you become so clear in your knowing of this dimension that it totally loses its grip on you. Your mind’s “fear dimension” was never your enemy, you just made it your enemy by shirking away from it – embrace it and see the positive power of this dimension, it brings instinct/wisdom/intuition required for a mature living. When you truly embrace the dimension of fear, it will lose its grip on you, you will no longer feel the “resistance” of fear, but you will have access to its wisdom.