Be afraid. Be very afraid.
All too often we don’t realize, and more often take for granted, the unity of the ego, or conscious mind, and the self, or unconscious mind. The ego has wants, desires credit, conjures the illusion of needs, feels jealousy, hate, discrimination, etc. Whereas the self is led purely by your Spirit, the Source, the Universe, God (take your pick), and only knows love, kindness, creativity, euphoria, etc. I perceive what I’m speaking of as the bond that mends those two levels of consciousness together.
Most people don’t have a full grasp on the idea that living life to their fullest extent requires harmony between the two consciousnesses. The yin cannot exist without the yang; peaks cannot exist without valleys; light without dark; heat without cold; so on and so on.
Fear, in all actuality, exists only in the ego.
The thing about fear is that struggling to get through it only makes it harder.
You have to KNOW that it ultimately can’t hold you back.
Meepe told me the other day about a concept that she heard about — the concept is that of the rubber band. You see, when you pull a rubber band back, energy is stored until it the band is released. Have you ever heard the quote, "The night is darkest just before the dawn"? Most likely, yes, if you paid attention at all during the last Batman flick. The same could be said for the rubber band. Just before you release it to fling it across the room, the energy stored from pulling back will surely be at its peak. Releasing it sends it flying across time & space into a new era or possibilities, dangers, and all around excitement — all relative to the rubber band, of course.
When dealing with life’s hurdles, objectivity is key. Encountering what one would deem a "fearful" situation should be viewed with the utmost of clarity, or at least given the benefit of the doubt that the situation could be equally positive as it would be negative. Use the energy gained from being fearful to fling into a more loving environment for yourself. And keep in mind the next time a similar situation arises that it’s really just the Universe testing what you’ve learned.
"There is no restraint that cannot be escaped. We are all absolutely free. If everybody could go into dhyana at will, nobody could be controlled — by fear of prison, by fear of whips or electroshock, by fear of death, even. All existing society its based on keeping those fears alive, to control the masses. Ten people who ‘know’ would be more dangerous than a million armed anarchists." ~Robert Anton Wilson
The world seems full of scary things; things to give you anxieties; things that justify excuses you might come up with for not doing the stuff you love. But the bottom line is that there’s nothing to fear.