Overcoming Fears

We all have fears. They are dead weights inside us and we have to learn to overcome them if we want to get on with life. For example, many people are fearful over taking heavy responsibilities or fearful of meeting people. There are also all kinds of fears that may trigger a person into a fearful convulsion at any time.

If any life situation arouse any feelings of anxiety, stress or fears, take a moment to reflect what might be causing this mental discomfort or preying on your mind.

Maria Duval explains that there are three main origins of fear:

  • An unpleasant experience you have been through;

  • An unpleasant experience someone else has been through;

  • An unpleasant experience you fear is going to happen to you.

Here are Maria's simple steps that may help to overcome such fears:

  • 1. Sit yourself down comfortably, close your eyes, take three deep breaths and visualise some pleasant scenes.

  • 2. Imagine you are in your basement, or in a dark cupboard and you are sweeping. Visualise the rubbish. Visualise it labelled with the fear you have just identified. See other rubbish labelled as other more general fears. Sweep the whole area.

  • 3. When you have finished, admire the result. How good you feel to be rid of all the dead weight!

  • 4. Translate our positive feelings into words and pronounce the following in your head: "I am now less and less afraid. Every day I am more and more capable of facing any situation with serenity and courage. I have total confidence in myself. May this be so."

  • 5. Open your eyes and feel wide awake. Feel that you have less fear and that you are surer of yourself.

Life is now more beautiful and peaceful; you feel more clear-headed than you have ever felt. Maria Duval says try to practise this ritual whenever you feel the need, so you can gradually flush out your various fears!

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