3 Reasons to Embrace Your Fears

Fears and dark emotions are not the demons they are cut out to be. If we think of them as just energies rather than fixed thoughts or emotions then we can work through them rather than being supressed by them. All thoughts and emotions are fluid. It’s healthy to feel afraid because it means that you are stepping toward something new that challenges your comfort and sense of familiarity. It is healthy to feel angry or sad, because those emotions (if channelled wisely) can be a great resource of inner fuel for positive change. When we adjust our perspectives on fears and raw emotions then we see that they are not the monsters that overshadow us or break us down- they are actually propellers toward change or some kind of inner transformation. Here are 3 reasons to embrace your fears and your darker side (we all have one!).

1. Self Mastery

As long as we are ruled by our fears and unfiltered emotion then we will be at their mercy. Fears that we do not attempt to tame or inspire ourselves to overcome will grow inside our mind and fuel greater fear; we inevitably become locked into a cycle that depletes our mental and emotional dexterity. Self mastery means that we govern ourselves to move forward through courage, confidence, and unflinching self belief. We liberate ourselves through understanding and uncovering what sits beneath our fears and anxiety by taking decisive action. Anytime we hesitate upon a certain decision or change we may want to make- fear will often kick in because that is the role of our mind- to protect us. Embracing fear enables us to work through it and emancipate ourselves from our own perceived limits.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy”- Dale Carnegie

2. Emotions are Powerful

We fear emotion and yet emotion is what fuels and drives us to progress. Raw emotions like anger and pain are extremely real- they are born from the deepest parts of you. When we negatively feed our shadowy side, we see no benefits. On the flip side, when we utilize those feelings as an innate form of positive energy that we can master and shape, then we move ourselves forward in a very organic way. By intelligently managing our emotions we empower ourselves through understanding and self awareness. We should not fear what we feel; we are the conductors of our energy, so only we can decide where we direct it. In cognizance of life’s duality, we need the darkness so we can blaze our light through it.

“Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret”- Laurence J. Peter

3. Sculpting our Inner Strength

We fortify our inner strength through challenges, tough times, and heartbreak. There is no escaping it. If we seek to become stronger, wiser, and well-rounded individuals, then overcoming the dark periods in our lives is how we gain that valor and resiliency. Nothing of real value is actualized through easy living. It’s important to recognize that we are complete human beings with many dimensions and facets to our personality. It’s OK to feel fear, anger, sorrow, and confusion- the real challenge is how well you can navigate your way through it more positively. We will have our fair share of harsh life experiences and we essentially need them so that we can take bigger strides toward exposing ourselves to our higher potential and worldly possibility. We suffer more when we allow experiences to harden or embitter us. Our darker side often highlights our vulnerabilities and this is not something to be afraid of- we are all naturally vulnerable beneath our many layers.

“I have sadness in me. I have anger in me. I have heartbreak in me”- Ellen DeGeneres

Through a greater understanding of our intrinsic make-up we can engage with life, all its twist and turns (and plot twists), and ourselves with greater wisdom. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less”- Marie Curie

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