Fear and the Lazy Brain

I was asked recently how to manage “Fear”.  We all have it, but first we have to know what purpose it serves.

As a child it serves to protect you from experiences that could potentially hurt you.  As an adult, it keeps you from experiencing LIFE.

The Human Brain is very lazy. It stores experiences and then when you are exposed to a new situation, it automatically goes back to the old data bank and says “is there anything REMOTELY similar to this?”  Normally, there is, and it remembers how you coped with that event. Does not matter if you were 5 years old or 75 years old. What ever you did, you survived to be able to talk about it… so it worked!  Being LAZY, it gives you an unconscious message to DO THE SAME THING AGAIN!  Never mind that the situations are only remotely similar (think relationships here), So you repeat the dynamics over and over… which puts you in Einstein’s definition of INSANITY:  doing the same thing over and over and EXPECTING a different result.

Therefore, what is the purpose of fear?  The brain gives you fear because it does not know the outcome of a NEW decision!!!  The old one worked because you are literally alive to talk about it !  A new decision will lead to different results, and thus more life. Then you are under different rules; “that which does not kill us, only makes us stronger!”

Go up against your fears!  Live life on YOUR TERMS!  Develop compassion, generosity and Love.

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