Whose Fear Is It, Anyway?


Fearby Gary Stamper

I’ve been accused, more than once, of being in fear.

Wikipedia defines fear as a distressing emotion induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or confront it, also known as the Fight or Flight response. Fear is a distressing emotion induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or confront it, also known as the Fight or Flight response.

Fear is a 200,000 year-old finely honed gift of evolution, and when we experience fear, we need to pay attention. Fear can be related to future events, such as a worsening of a situation that is unacceptable, or an instant reaction to something presently happening.

There two types of fear: External fear caused by something outside of you which you are strongly motivated to avoid – like spiders or heights – and internal fear, such as fear developed out of low self esteem.

I’ve been accused, more than once, of living in fear….and I think it’s an unfair accusation. I am also unapologetic. Let me explain.

The accusations of fear directed toward me are in response to all of the events of the world, what appears to be a perfect storm of conditions, mostly induced by ourselves, humanity, all bearing down on us at the same time. I’ve written and reported about those conditions on this blog several times (here and here).

Here’s what I do fear, some of which is already happening: Massive population die-off due to starvation, the collapse of what America could have been, instead of just another nation-state-empire, deepening economic collapse, continued global warming, water, oil, and food wars, and much, much more. It is an external fear.

But even as I own my fear and that I am in fear, I am not fearful.* From an earlier blog:

I struggle for balance in the face of all the negativity thrust upon us as a result of increased awareness through being able to hold the “unholdable” perspective, and as a result, being more conscious than the average comatose individuals who have been intentionally lulled to sleep (the average people I know don’t have a clue about what’s going on or are in denial).

I look at these events with a belief that these are not random, meaningless events, but, rather, are occurring for the distinct purpose of waking us up, to stretch us into new territories of awareness. For me, that waking up is the profound realization that what we are now doing, as Americans, and as humanity, is simply not sustainable, and that there will be a shift, and things will be very different than they are now.

Things are going to change, and I hold that they will change for the better…but not at first. I believe things are going to get much worse before they get better, and that it’s possible that “better” may be decades, or possibly centuries, away, mere specks in time. I don’t believe that some magical shift is going to occur and suddenly everything and everyone is going to be “conscious,” and that those of us who are able to hold the higher vibration will survive while others will not. That feels like a”new age” version of mythic religion’s “end-times,” or “rapture.” Look up “End Time” on Wikipedia and see how how ingrained these themes are in our collective consciousness.

The term “higher vibration” will be interpreted at the level of conscious of the person using it, and will obviously mean different things to people at different levels of consciousness. For me, that “higher vibration” means being aware and conscious enough to see what is coming, to step out of denial, and to be as prepared as is possible, also knowing that you can’t possibly prepare for everything.

When I hear people saying to me that, when I talk of these things, they hear a message of fear, what I believe they are experiencing is not my fear, but their own fear in response to what I’m saying. Where I’m at today is a place of getting as ready as possible by getting out of the city and being as self-sustainable as possible.

Once I’ve recognized the possibilities and done as much as I can do, I surrender and step out of fear, knowing that whatever happens, I’ve done what I can do. And surrendering is the key to freedom, regardless of how things unfold. What’s coming is an ending…and a beginning, and no one knows what it will look like.

*‘Fearful’ in its original sense means full of fear in the particular sense of being afraid to do something wrong, almost in a sense of respect. Imagine a situation where you have to be careful about what you say, what words you use because if you say the wrong word, you will be in trouble. This describes the state of being ‘fearful’ as in: He was fearful of saying the wrong thing and as a result upsetting her.

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