From where I sit, I assert that most everybody has it wrong about Fear. And worse still, we are not making life any better for humankind – just more fearful.
Fear is the most pervasive and abusive form of Human Injustice in civilized society is how Fear is manipulated against/by us as groups and individuals.
Fear, or rather the perception of it, is very oppressive; and no matter what we do in life, we cannot escape it.
Judging by the 2+ billion results from the google search “What is Fear?”, our acceptance of fear seems to be the agreement between us humans as the sites displayed pretty well all say the same thing.
Every time I see a reference to Fear (and it is often), I go crazy. I watch current events on TV or out in the street and it is so depressing. I see and hear how the world is going to hell.
We watch the news and everybody is scared. We invest a lot of our time PREVENTING something (eliminating our Fears) like cancers, abuses, wars, poverty, Africa, etc, and occasionally we hear a “feeling good” story.
Then we talk to our friends and associates, and we hear about the ACTUAL living our Fears we think we have such as mortgage/rent shortage, price of foods, the car is dying, the spouse might be cheating, etc. And every once in a while someone won a small lottery and it’s coffees for everyone!
So, in my humble opinion, I believe the time has come to remove the blindness that prevents us from fully understanding this thing called Fear. From my experience, fully understanding will give us Freedom from the conditioned bonds we have been and are constantly fed. There is current academic debate on what age we are (as infants) when we begin to ‘learn’ Fear.
From my life experiences and observations, consider these assertions I have about Fear:
*** (remember – these are only my opinions and observations. They are not the truth)
1 – Fear Is Not Real. We have been misinformed,
2 – We can Instantly Rid Fear from our lives, and
3 – No Self-Talk Required or Head Games to live life without Fear.
A SIDE NOTE: I first learned this before I was 10 years old, then I was able to re-learn it and articulate it 20 years later. Ever since, I have been able to be more consistent in my goals and endeavours (outside of the distractions from my disabilities).
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What Exactly is Fear?
The generally accepted meaning of fear I pulled from dictionary.com:
a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,
whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Notice how the description (as most others) states Fear is a perception/meaning (or a label/story) we give to a physical process (feeling) that interacts between the mind and the body to determine the way to react to such a feeling.
Also notice how it states “REAL or IMAGINED“.
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Below, on the left, is a graphic showing the thought processes within our human brain that take place to lead us to our perceptions of fear. On the right, I’ve included a graphic of the “thought process” of a computer to show the similarities between the two (and to make it easier to make the point).
1. Thalamus / Input (Data)
Where everything begins.
Thalamus determines where to send incoming data from the five senses
Computer takes in data from keyboard or software
2. Sensory Cortex / Operating System (Automatic Processing)
This is the FIRST place where everything can be changed from a negative experience to one that is positive.
Cortex interprets the data and attaches an immediate feeling with the emotion
Automatic process as brain prepares to search brain for information
Depending on whether input is seen or perceived, the brain then determines the level of fear and the immediate reflexive action
eg: reflex jump, sweaty hands, faster heartbeat, heavier breathing, etc.
Operating System reads computer language of input and opens correct software package
Automatic process as computer prepares to search OS for information
eg: whether the software is installed or not determines the message you will get from the computer
3. Hippocampus / Hardware (Memory)
This is the SECOND place where everything can be changed from a negative experience to one that is positive.
Hippocampus stores and recovers cognitive memories
it processes the stimuli to match the memories
eg: we automatically remember feeling uncomfortable, negative results, unexpected responses, etc.
Hardware searches past information about the input and software program
it processes the data through it’s memory chips
eg: were there any crashes, format changed, wrong format, etc.
4. Amygdala / Software (Interpretation)
This is the THIRD place where everything can be changed from a negative experience to one that is positive.
>>> This is where we give meaning to the input (physically and emotionally).
Amygdala interprets emotions and searches for possible threats
based on stored memories of past fears
automatic process due to social conditioning
eg: people did you wrong, a system ripped you off, crash when drove down a road, storm caused a house fire, etc
Software interprets data
automatically monitors past formats and warns us when something wrong
eg: font is wrong, sentences mixed, spelling, etc.
5. Hypothalamus / Output (Expression)
This is the FOURTH place where everything can be changed from a negative experience to one that is positive.
>>> The decision to act takes place here. This is when we express ourselves in the face of the perceived (unseen) or real (seen) threat of fear.
Hypothalamus activates a physical response
eg: threaten, bully, fight, run, yell, swear, cheat, deceive, etc.
Output activates a computerized response
eg: screen display, document, spreadsheet, hard copy, emailed, etc.
So, to summarize:
1 – We take in the information, then
2 – We INSTANTLY warn ourself of possible problems by setting off adrenalin, then
3 – Based on that feeling, we INSTANTLY search our memory for similar feelings, then
4 – Based on that memory, we INSTANTLY give the feeling meaning, then
5 – Based on the meaning, we take action that will remove the problem.