I was wondering the other day where fear comes from. I know it is the opposite of love and is – most of the time – totally illogical. It’s true bad things happen to people all the time. It’s also true for most – the vast majority of people – bad things don’t happen most of the time. So, where does fear come from in those of us in the vast majority – those of us who truly have nothing to fear?
Here’s my theory.
A long, long time ago – many ages ago – humans feared the natural elements – lightning, blizzards, floods, extreme heat or cold, large animals – you get the picture. Somehow the elements became gods or spirits – if people of the tribe pleased the gods, then the elements would bring abundance and peace and if they displeased the gods, the elements would bring pain and suffering. Or, that came to be the belief. The elements obviously did both.
Over time the gods became independent of the elements – powerful in their own rights and were to be mostly feared. Men who were really smart and greedy and power hungry used the concept of gods to keep people in fear and away from love. By this time the common people mostly feared the men who were in charge in the name of some god or other. The Catholic Inquisition is a perfect example. Fortunately, underneath all the formal, organized religion – rational, thinking people stayed close to their hearts and to love. So, organized religion has the potential to birth fear. To this day many people feel god, creator, source is to be feared. How terribly sad.
The various governments over time and to this day function in part to keep one group of people in fear of another group of people – they believe protecting us from each other is their highest and best reason for existing. I live in the US – I get the message I should fear all people from certain countries. That’s just idiotic. I understand there are people in this world – of all different colors, religions, countries, etc. that are what I would label bad. They are a very small minority. It’s time those of us in the vast majority – globally – stopped empowering them. So, governments have the potential to birth fear.
One of my favorite organizations to call to task is the American Medical Association. How much of what this group does is driven by the big pharmaceutical companies and research funded by them? TV commercials are programming the people in this country to fear every little nuance in their body. Did you ever wonder where the criteria for what constitutes illness and needs treatment comes from? The whole system is bad broken. And, I realize lots of good is done, too. Lots of lives are saved. I see the good side of medicine. I also see the bad. The side that instills fear of a potential illness to sell a drug that’s not needed.
Now, here in the US we are also being programmed to be afraid of our food. It’s ridiculous. Assuming I eat reasonably good, whole, fresh food, the fear and work and stress of making sure I get organic, gluten free, non-gmo, etc. etc. food is far worse for me than just shopping as best I can and being reasonably wise in this area of life. So, fear of food is born.
Air and water pollution. Climate change.
How about exercise. I am to do aerobic exercise once a day for 30 minutes and weight bearing exercise three times a week or ? I’m actually not sure exactly what I’m to fear here – somehow I know it’s not good.
I could go on. I think you get my point. Fear is being incubated and birthed all over the place. Fear of god, people in other countries, my body, food, air, water – when I step back and look at it in its totality – the whole thing is nuts.
And, we are told being in fear puts us in the fight or flight mode and is highly stressful for our bodies. Stress breeds illness and here we go. Do you see? There is something bad wrong with this picture.
Now let’s go to some ancient wisdom. Whatever you believe to be true is true for you – it may not be true for me – we each get to choose.
This fear programming we are getting from all these various groups is static – diverting us from realizing we can go inside and know what is the best course of action or choice to make in any situation.
Don’t you think it’s time – in our journey toward wholeness and oneness – for the death of fear, rather than the birth of fear?