Which is stronger, the power of the will or the power of the imagination? Most people think the will is stronger, but anyone who has had the experience of being overcome by fear would answer "imagination".
Fear is the negative effect of imagination and can occur spontaneously, and against our will. We can all experience different fears and anxieties in many different ways, yet there is a common factor behind most of our fears or our anxiety - the way they are formed. Fear and Anxiety can be resolved.
The Process - How Does Fear Begin?
We are aroused by only two sensations, pain and pleasure. We all want to avoid pain and pursue pleasure. The emotional cycle which leads to fear begins in the present with our initial experience of pain or pleasure, and ends up with complex feelings which are "remembered" exclusively in the past. This cycle of emotions has been found by psychiatrists to follow the following pattern:
- Pain in the present is experienced as hurt.
- Pain in the past is remembered as anger.
- Pain in the future is perceived as anxiety or fear.
- Unexpressed anger, redirected against ourselves and held within is experienced as guilt.
- The depletion of energy that occurs when anger is redirected inward creates depression.
"Hurt" is stored because the body retains a primitive subconscious ability to remember every incident that it experiences. This is called conditioning and it is part of the way we learn. These "hurt memories" do not usually form part of our everyday conscious awareness, but in fact our current action is influenced by hundreds of thousands of them! This primitive subconscious ability will remind you of a particular "hurt memory" through your feelings. Some childhood memories may be very painful and difficult to recall and may therefore be repressed.
If we encounter an incident which hurts us (slipping on a step while high on a ladder), and if we are unable to adequately understand, resolve or communicate our feelings about this incident, then it is automatically stored in the subconscious mind. If we then encounter the same or a similar incident (leaning over the edge of a tall building) at a later date, this "hurt" is automatically "recalled" by our subconscious mind. We are reminded that this incident is responsible for a "past hurt" through a change in our feelings. We will begin to feel uncomfortable, nervous, anxious, dizzy, weak, anxious. We may experience headaches, nausea or even complete paralysis. In some cases these symptoms can be experienced by just thinking about the situation!
From this example it is apparent that three skills must be learnt to overcome fear and anxiety:
Firstly, a method of releasing or handling the subconscious "hurt memories" which have been stored.
Secondly, developing self-confidence to deal with the actual situation which triggers the fear.
Thirdly, developing new responses to express the emotions that are felt when the situation recurs.
Life Skills Seminar, overcoming fear is dealt with by teaching and practising:
- The conscious ability to relax and release stress any time, anywhere.
- The ability to focus the mind.
- The ability to neutralise and reprogram subconscious "fear memories".
- The ability to develop mind/body exercises to overcome fear.
- The ability to develop greater self confidence to experience the situation which is creating fear.
- The ability to program new responses to express emotions in that situation.
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