Not Afraid

imageFear is such an interesting thing. We’ve all felt it, at one time or another. So much has been written about how to overcome it. I’ve certainly written about it, over the years. Here’s the important thing to remember about fear: It’s a choice. Really. It is. We can choose to be afraid, listening to all of the reasons the mind gives us to be afraid, or we can choose to not be afraid.

The culture bombards us with sound bites about everything, the elections, the economy, global disasters, screaming ” what if”, “what if”, over and over, a relentless assault on our serenity. Well, fuck that. We happen to live in a cosmic classroom, traveling through space and time with billions of other souls, who, fortunately or unfortunately, all have Free Will. Perfect. So, some of those souls will choose to be heroes and warriors, and some will choose to spiral into old soul patterns that are negative. That’s not a judgement, that’s just the truth, given the whole concept of reincarnation and Karma. And that’s fine. Our invitation is always to decide, in every moment, whether or not we want to be the hero and the warrior in our own movie, in our own life, or not.

When my mind tries to scare me with those “what ifs “, that tends to piss me off. And that’s a good thing. I can decide to grab it by the scruff of its neck, and tell it to knock it off. I’m the creator of my own reality, not my mind. I HAVE a mind, I am not my mind. Either I will use it, or it will use me. None of the what ifs exist in the moment, they are all projections of possible events or outcomes. That’s it. That’s all they are. Being afraid of a possible outcome is a waste of energy. Plus, it can paralyze us, preventing us from moving forward towards our dreams. Unacceptable.

It’s true that the Race Mind can make choices that confound us, given that whole classroom thing. All you have to do is watch the news, or look around you to know that. Racism, misogyny, narcissism, and  greed, all are evidence of unevolved souls. At the same time, heroism, philanthropy, kindness, compassion, and love are everywhere we look. They just don’t get the same air time. Fear sells. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a news channel that reported on the magical and miraculous things happening?

Disciplining the mind is the path of the spiritual warrior. Refusing to surrender to fear, choosing to be authentic in every moment, is the invitation. Becoming the hero in our own lives, refusing to abandon ourselves in the face of adversity is the only option that works, because fear diminishes our soul. It is a Judas, a betrayer, a liar, and a thief.

Music has always moved me, all kinds. I love the lyrics to “Not Afraid”, by Eminem. Some of them are: ” I’m not afraid ( I’m not afraid)  To take a stand ( To take a stand)  Everybody ( everybody)   Come take my hand ( come take my hand)  We’ll walk this road together through the storm. Whatever the weather, cold or warm. Just letting you know that you’re not alone.”

None of us are alone, even if it feels that way sometimes. We are all a part of a magical universe. Fear tries to hold onto us through an illusion of separateness. Being the warrior allows us to choose something else. We can choose to push back the what ifs, to stand strong, to stand in the now, to lift our spirits up, to see the love of All That Is surrounding us. No matter what may come, we are a part of something magical. So, what if? We are eternal. What earthly event can change that? None can. Come, take my hand. We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. I am not afraid. I am a warrior of light. I choose magic. I choose love. I choose joy. I choose truth. Illusions and fear can kiss my ass. Blessings, Judith