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October 14, 2009

Welcome to the Transcending Fear Magazine! We believe that through taking on our fears, one by one, we become happier, more fulfilled people. By reading this news letter, it is our hope that you will join us in this way of living, and find your way to supreme joy and the life you have always dreamed of living.
The Fear of Change
by Brian Germain

One of the most powerful forces in the Universe is Inertia. Whether we are speaking of the momentum of a falling body or that of an internal thought, things tend to continue doing what they have been doing. This fact of physics and psychophysics is not necessarily how things must proceed however, because, as we have all learned in school, things continue in the same direction unless acted upon by another force. This means that our fear-based thinking, our belief systems that lead us to expect that bad things will get worse, can be altered if we introduce the one force in the Universe that defies gravity, inertia and depressive thought-patterns: Consciousness.

            It is true that we all have ideas that we have been repeating, some consciously and some unconsciously, that we should leave things pretty much as they are. In fact, this kind of belief structure is the basis for much of the way the world works. We continue the momentum of thoughts we have had in the past, and thus a feeling of powerlessness governs our lives. "If I change,' this kind of thinking says, "I may find myself in a reality that is worse than the one I am living. Best to keep doing what I have been doing" While this is true from a certain perspective, if we do not change, we are certain to live out a future that looks a great deal like the past. We will never evolve beyond what we are right now unless we take the ultimate risk called Change.

            Life changes no matter what we do. We continue to change and grow, although conscious growth is always more preferable to the alternative. Much of the change that occurs in human experience comes as a result of powerful, often painful prodding from our life experiences, driving us away from what we do not want. Another alternative, what might be called "Conscious Creation", comes as a result of envisioning what we do want and pursuing it. This is the kind of change that leads us to the most desirable outcomes, and to the life that we feel most joyous in living.

            We fear change, not because we love what we have, but because we dread altering the patterns that seem to keep us afloat. These patterns, or rituals if you will, work certain aspects of our brain physiology to create a sense of normalcy, that dims the houselights of our adrenal cortex, and make us feel safe. This effect, when used wisely, can be of great comfort in times of real danger, but comfort for the sake of comfort always comes at a great cost. When we hold still in the form of our lives, and remake our future persona based on who we have been in the past, we limit ourselves. Limits, it would seem, are the antithesis of the force that gives us a feeling of being alive.

            Freedom is the basis of this Universe. We feel best when we are expanding and conquering new ground, and fear is the friction that holds us back from taking on new challenges. If we are to be who we most enjoy being, we must always take on novelty, based on what brings us joy, and reach beyond what has been. Only then can we tap into the source of our inner being, the energy that gives us life.

            We will all experience something in this life. Some will be drawn forward due to a sense of fear of unwanted consequences. Those are the ones that nobody writes books about. A few, perhaps a growing number, will choose to take the scary path that leads to a higher form of life-joy by dreaming of new adventures and then living them. In doing so, these brave souls will awaken the larger part of them that craves new experience for the sake of new experience, and lives off the emotional release that comes as a result of forging ahead into undiscovered country.

            In truth, we are all the same on the inside. We all desire to expand. Much like the balance of Entropy and Gravity, the internal forces of expansion and contraction within the human consciousness are in constant interaction, the fate of which is the story of our lives.  Fear, hate, depression and hopelessness are the forces that hold us to the life circumstances of the past. Much resembling gravity in the way in which they are champions of the static and stationary, these emotions lead us to more of the same kinds of experiences, including more of those feelings that we desire so much to avoid. Love, joy, fascination and exhilaration about what is next all describe the expansion of the soul into the realms of possibility thus far unrevealed. This path, the entropic expansion of what is, takes us on a far more redeeming journey. It leads us toward our true purpose in life: the pursuit of the experience of being alive.



LIVE Radio Interview with Brian Germain
American Free Radio

UNZipping Reality
            with host Leah LaChapelle

Listen to Brian talk about transcending fear on Leah's hit show "UNZipping Reality." It will be a great show!
Thursday October 15, 2009

1:00-2:00 EST

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Brian Germain
Transcending Fear