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Transcending Fear Magazine
Issue #040

"We are unlimited beings when we live for joy, and insignificant blips when we allow fear to be our guide."

-Brian Germain
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The degree to which we feel alive in any given moment varies widely. In familiar situations, we find ourselves feeling only somewhat alive, and our subsequent access to the details of that situation are fuzzy at best. In moments of awe, we are completely awake, and our access to the long-term memories about the experience are crystal clear. It is this feeling of aliveness, of WOW, that we most crave in life because feeling alive is the fundamental motivation of all human consciousness.

          When we are in a state of awe, appreciating the significance of the experience, we are completely in the present moment. We allow ourselves to get lost in the magnitude of the appreciation, and we become like little children. This state of intense fascination is the very basis of consciousness, and when we allow ourselves to go with the flow of the moment and surrender to this feeling, we find our highest selves. We are this feeling of fascination. The State of WOW is who we really are.

          We must seek out these experiences. We must deliberately choose to go to places that bring out a sense of awe so we can once again reconnect with our true nature. As adults, we find ourselves lulled into a feeling that today is yesterday, that nothing really interesting is happening. This leads us to leave the best parts of ourselves at home, and our lack of intense interest costs us our creativity, enjoyment, and the feeling of being truly alive.

These experiences of awe have the potential to be either joyful or fear-provoking. If we ponder the negative possibilities of the situation, like visualizing falling off the waterfall that we are appreciating, we can bring out a feeling of panic, and the awe turns to dread. We then turn away from the cliff and the awe and return to the mundane. This is how we cast ourselves out of Eden. The WOW is a powerful emotion, and it requires us to breathe and relax and look for the ways in which we are in control. Our feeling of safety is based purely on the direction that we point our minds. Visualizing the positive possibilities and relaxing into knowing that everything is OK is what allows us to feel better and remain in the place of beautiful danger for a bit longer, so we can bask in the glory of the moment. The longer we linger in the emotion, the more we become it, and the Universe finds ways to bring us more experiences of joyful awe in the future.

If we look for the aspects of each and every moment that bring a sense of awe, we can tap into our core energy at any time. It is true that it is easier to feel a sense of WOW when you are flying a parachute along the edge of a huge puffy cloud, or standing at the top of a waterfall, but any moment has an aspect of WOW within it. We just need to become skilled in the art of bringing it out; extracting the positive aspects of the situation that lead us to a sense of amazement. By stepping up and out of the mundane perspective, everything becomes a source of fun. An elevator ride, a drive in the car, standing in line at the bank; all these moments can be viewed from a view point of WOW.

WOW is the basis of joy. It is our shield from sadness, anger, fear and helplessness. This is the highest state of consciousness, and the very best version of WOW is the experience of loving appreciation of another person. When you observe another for their most positive aspects, you expand the reasons why you love them, and they expand into those parts of themselves that you enjoy most. Listing the attributes of another that you enjoy most is the best way to help those aspects to grow, whether you do it in your mind, or in actual written lists. You don't even need to present the list to the other person, you just need to be aware of these positive aspects. When you hold a person in that light, their behaviors that may not be to your liking start to fade away, eclipsed by their "up" side. This is how positive awe is the way we transform all of our relationships.

We are observers who expand what we observe simply by looking at it. By choosing to hold beauty as our object of attention, we expand beauty. By allowing ourselves to bask in the emotion of awe and appreciation, we become skilled in residing in this emotion.  We become chronic celebrators, habitually patterned into the state of amazement. We have tried the alternative already, complaining and seeking fault, and it has only brought us to more things to complain about, more reasons to be unhappy. That is not where we want to go. We want to bring out the most positive possibilities in every situation, and that always entails being a selective viewer of each situation. You can look for the "up" side just as easily as you can find fault. You can find "WOW" as easily as you can find "So What". It is your choice. How do you want to feel? If you decide right now that your ultimate desire is to feel as wonderful as possible, as much of the time as possible, than your direction of thought is clear. You must become a conscious seeker WOW.



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About Transcending Fear

Transcending Fear is an educational organization devoted to teaching the truth about fear, and the most potent methods for coping with acute stress and negative thought-patterns. We offer books, articles, radio and TV interviews, videos and inspirational talks all with the goal of helping people turn their fear into power. In the context of economic crisis, war and climate change, fear management is the most important topic of our time.

In his worldwide speaking tour, Fear Specialist and Keynote Speaker Brian Germain skillfully relates the topic of transcending fear to every aspect of life, from business success to holistic health and wellness, making his inspiring and motivational presentation a perfect fit for nearly any event. From large corporate conferences to small company lunches, from radio and TV interviews to his inspiring videos, Brian's charismatic and entertaining discussion of this profound and meaningful topic consistently upholds our organization's mission statement:

"To help humanity extricate ourselves from the fear-based mentality to one of compassionate motivation, open-minded wisdom and interpersonal harmony.

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