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Paying Attention to Fear



Because it elicits painful feelings, fear can easily be seen as the enemy. Actually, fear is like a flashing red light saying, “Something is not right here; pay attention!” Intuitively, we understand that message and know fear can be a life-enhancing guide. Even life-saving on rare occasions. However, left on its own, fear congeals our life force creating stagnant swamps of unfinished business, unhealed wounds, and regret. Unexplored, fear acts as a huge boot standing on our life force hose.


When you have the courage to pay attention to fear, it can lead you to lightness, healing, increased love, and happiness. Our souls yearn to soar. P’taah, an admired teacher of mine, told his Australian students, “Within all of you there is a spark of Divinity, the Christos, the Source. It is the light filament which connects you with everything and everyone.” Unexamined fear dims your divine spark and veils the sweet strands linking you to everything and everyone. On the other hand, paying attention to fear allows it to become an excellent guide to the places within that need healing. Places aching for your attention, love, and understanding. In the light of love, most wounds, worries, and doubts can be healed so that our souls are free to soar for our own enjoyment and the delight of others.


As a caveat, if you don’t feel safe exploring fears that present themselves, it’s wise to pay attention to that message. Your inner wisdom, the ever-present divine spark, knows what is best for you. Please listen to your qualms and act accordingly. When you’re examining fear, it’s not unusual to want to be seen and heard during the process. If need be, trusted friends, family members, or professionals can provide a safety net of neutral ears and compassionate hearts as fear guides you toward healing and wholeness.


During your day...


  • Embrace the spark of Divinity within you. Set aside a quiet minute or two to bask in the presence of the Divine.

  • Pay attention to your intuition. She has your back.


Who you are is Divine expression, every facet of you.

Be still and feel. That is all you need to do.


—P’taah

Excerpted from The Woman's Book of Strength by Sue Patton Thoele. Available on Mango and Amazon.

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