The phrase ‘paralyzed by fear’ has so many different connotations. In certain situations, fear is a protective defence mechanism, programmed into every fibre of our being to warn us of impending danger. However, fear can often overwhelm us unnecessarily, blocking our spiritual compass and overshadowing natural intuition.
Buddha recognised fear, not just as a personal inner struggle, but as a concrete obstacle to enlightenment that must be faced head-on and defeated. Fear has the power to distort our perception, breeding insidious doubts and supressing our connection with our higher self.
Confronting fear is easier than you think. The next time you feel it rising within, don’t push it away. Instead, observe and acknowledge it. Say ‘I am afraid’. Study it, breaking it down into tiny pieces. What caused it? What is the best-case scenario? The worst-case scenario? The most likely scenario? Accepting and tackling fear is not only empowering, it also confirms that it is simply a fleeting impermanent feeling, not something that defines us.