Issue: #4 March/2008
The Object of Fear
Global Warming
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"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

                                                            --Eleanor Roosevelt
Polar Caps

The Object of Fear

 by Brian Germain

The perception that results in the emotion we call fear can be any number of things. Regardless of the context, when we begin to experience the emotion, our focus immediately becomes the object of our fear. Rather than softening the negativity of the emotion, this usually further reinforces its power over us by making it more real.        

            It is true that changes of circumstance will help us to calm down if they reduce our perceived danger. Unfortunately, the changes necessary to alter our perceived safety are often inaccessible when we are in a state of panic. Either the solutions cannot be implemented at the time, or the panic itself prevents us from finding and executing the answers to our concerns. So, rather than using our intellect to solve the problem, our thinking merely increases the magnitude of the emotional response. The problem is, the parts of the brain that generate physical escalation are not soothed by mere thought.

            Everyone has phobias. Depending on our past experiences, we each have developed pattern-recognition for specific precursors that catapult us into an emotional response. It is obviously true that we must shed the light of our awareness on these triggers, but it is ultimately not these realizations that allow us to fully transcend our neurotic tendencies toward over reaction in these contexts. We cannot see solutions to our anxiety when we are fixating on the negative emotion, and mulling over the helplessness of our predicament. The emotional state of fear results in a completely different set of thoughts than the calmer state of creation and epiphany. We see limitations and danger when we are in the negative acceleration state, simply because we have become contracted in our consciousness, and have let go of the possibility that we can solve our problems. We have let go of the best-case scenario.

The simple brain structures that comprise the limbic system speak only two words: escalation and de-escalation. In order to alter the course of events within ourselves, we must address the physical symptoms of fear: the uncontrolled speed and power kicked in by our old brain. Thought doesn't accomplish this goal; only an alteration of our physical behavior can do that.

            Regardless of the content of our thinking minds, the limbic system is mostly unaffected by cognition. This realization, originally postulated by visionary philosopher and psychologist William James, is a radical shift from the natural tendency that we all share in fearful moments. Believing that intellect will be our savior, we try to think our way out of fear. As many of us have realized, this does not work.

            The only way to turn the tides and alter the course toward emotional escalation and choices that we wish we could take back is to speak the language of the old brain. Simply put, we must slow down. This will send messages of de-escalation to the old brain via physiological pathways. When the brain begins to cool off and shift gears out of the panic mode, new possibilities come to light. We are no longer driven by fear, and start down a completely different path of reality.

            Our ability to negotiate all objects of fear stems solely from our sober, sane and controlled brain functions. This is the mindset that is lost when we are in fear.  Fear causes internal speed, and inefficient thoughts and actions. In our panic state, we point out awareness toward the world with negative expectations, assuming that we are in danger. It is this mental state that draws us closer to danger, simply because we are no longer considering the possibility that things are going to be OK.

            Even when things are not OK, and we are required to take action to improve the situation, the negative mindset cannot create answers. Our solutions come from a completely different realm of thought; a realm that we easily lose access to when we are in a physically escalated state. 


 Slow is Fast.


            The world of human experience is filled with real dangers, real objects of fear. The most powerful tool to shift our relationship to the object of our fear from paralysis to productive action is not action at all; not at first. Our first response to fear must always be physical, one of deceleration of mind and body. This will result in non-attachment to our fixed patterns of action that we normally associate with such situations. Then and only then will we wake up into the space in which we rediscover our clarity of thought so that we can act consciously, without the compelling momentum of emotion and all it suggests in terms of choices.

            Instinct will only bring about what has thus far manifested in human experience: violence, hatred, close-mindedness and the hoarding of resources. When we go beyond our innate responses to fear, we create a new realm of possibility for our world. This is how humanity will demonstrate its true prowess; not through impulse and old patterns of behavior, but through intelligent appraisal, logic and ultimately, compassionate action. It is only when we go beyond fear as a motivation that we begin to transform our world. 

            We are heading into a brand new realm of possibility on this planet. We are beginning to understand that fear takes away our power to create. It robs us of our connection to authentic inspiration and motivated action. Fear distances us from who we truly are, and it replaces us with a shallow imposter that is a mere shadow of our true self.

Who are you when you are not held back by fear? This is your true persona, and your ultimate destiny if you decide, right now, to take on the path of fearlessness and expand into your higher self. You have gifts that have been suppressed and hidden from the world. It is time to get past your fear of failure, your fear of success, and your fear of fear, and break the inertia of fear-induced laziness and step into the light of who you really are.


            Go in Peace,

Brian Germain, March 25, 2008

Polar Caps
Global Warming

I am not a climatologist. I just call it like I see it. This is a picture I took last week while flying over the North Sea on my way back from Europe. Looks like the polar cap melting, doesn't it? Perhaps; perhaps not.

There is so much talk of global climatic change, and some of it is founded in realistic scientific appraisal, and some of it is simply worry. It is this aspect of the issue that I believe needs confrontation. Yes, there are changes to our behavior that are absolutely necessary. Yes, the situation may be dire. I do not, however, believe that we need to freak out about it. How will that help anyway?

If fear of a specific danger drives us to action that changes things, then it is a good thing. Denial is how we have gotten to where we are now. Nevertheless, fixating on a depressing worldview of learned helplessness is not how we create change. That is how we forfeit control by becoming frozen by our fear.

There are a great many problems that need solving on planet earth. We will solve these problems by looking the issue squarely in the eye, fearlessly. Fear of danger is not how we avoid danger, that is how we lock ourselves to a fate that we do not want. We will change the direction of our world by envisioning a different set of possibilities to replace the current state of affairs. The act of creation does not involve preoccupation on what once was. The past is the past, and from a certain perspective, the present is also the past. When we look through the eyes of the most positive possible future, we see that the only way to make this happen is to picture where we are going, and keep our eyes on the goal.

Action, not fear.

Here are some external links that gives some useful information on how to put concern into action:

---Brian Germain
I offer talks on the topic of transcending fear for all kinds of organizations. This is my passion, and I look forward to every opportunity to present this important information and inspire people to reach their ultimate potential.

Brian Germain
Transcending Fear