Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 15 Outwitting the Six Ghosts of Fear
Feed your faith, starve your doubt. Tim Storey
Ghosts have no substance. If you meet one on the stairs one night in your house you can put your hand right through it. Ghosts are creatures of the dark...whether the dark recesses of your house or the dark recesses of your mind. They disappear in the light of day.
Just like ghosts, most of our fears have no substance. They are the product of of our minds produced by negativity that lingers from past experiences that melt away in the light of self awareness. Hill puts the chapter on fear at the very end as a warning...a warning that everything we have learned and put to use so far can be lost if we get caught up in fear.
He states: "Before you can put any portion of this philosophy into successful use, your mind must be prepared to receive it. The preparation is not difficult. It begins with study, analysis and understanding of three enemies which you shall have to clear out--indecision, doubt and fear."
Why is that? We have learned that to transmute thoughts into matter we must be: focused on a burning desire, full of faith and persevering even when fear and doubt show up. We have also learned the difficulties caused by a mind that is full of chatter that can look like anxiety, anger, depression, or uncertainty, all symptoms suggesting that we have opened to fear and doubt.
For example, when we fear rejection we may become anxious or angry. We may give up, deciding that the fear of rejection is harder to take than experiencing failure or being broke. Usually a fear state is associated with experiences like putting ourselves down, not liking who we are, or being unwilling to recognize our true greatness.
Fear, doubt and indecision create all of the negativity that keeps us trapped, keeps us walled off from the hunches that come in through the 6th sense. Our creativity is blocked and we miss important cues failing to act in ways that support the achievement of our goals. Fear suppresses our vibration preventing us from receiving uplifting and positive thoughts from other minds.
The solution is not to push fear away and deny it exists...anything we push away gets stronger. The solution is to recognize it for the crippling force it can be (if we let it) and choose to focus on something else. This is why self-talk is important. It is a focusing tool we can use when we wake in the middle of the night, anxious and fearful about an appointment, a missed bill payment, or an old grudge. The more we practice self talk the more we can use it when fear and doubt creep in...as they often do. This is also why it is important to start self talk with words that return us to a positive experience from our past so we can re-experience those powerful emotions that can lift our vibration and awaken our awareness.
Remember, fear is a ghost, an insubstantial figment of our imagination that dies in the light of positive self talk and self awareness. Like Tim Storey says, stop feeding it...feed your faith instead.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA