When I was 11 years old, I began having a dream where I was being chased by something which terrified me. I never looked back because I was so busy running. I would wake up sweating, breathing heavy, and my heart racing. After a week of this same dream every night, I woke up determined to quit dreaming this dream. I decided I would try to stop myself from running and turn around to see what was chasing me. I reasoned I probably couldn’t die in a dream but, even if I did die, it would be better than running every night. So, the next night I found myself running scared again. But I remembered my solution so I stopped and turned around to see what was chasing me. There was nothing there. If there had been something, it had evaporated into thin air.
I learned several things from this event. First, I can change and control my dreams and explore different options. I can rerun them until I find a solution I like, if I desire. Second, dreams can’t really kill you. Thirdly, fear may be there for a reason but the reason doesn’t matter if I’m willing to face my fears. If I face my fears, they will dissolve because of my resolve.
Fear is normally an illusion. Our Ego makes up situations that have happened in the past, builds on them, and suggests this is our future. The Ego also makes up scenarios that have never happened, are unlikely to ever happen, and acts as if they are fact. My body always responds to these Ego based fears as if they are currently happening. I’ve decided that part of living in the Present Moment is letting go of the Past. Not just letting go of the Past but refusing to allow it in my Present. Any time my Ego brings up a fear situation, Past or Future, I now Thank my Ego for its concern & bring myself back to the Present by focusing on my breath.
I have come to believe Life is to teach us about our power as individuals & as a collective. The sooner I leave Fear behind, the sooner I live a life of Peace & Love. It starts with my being peaceful & loving towards myself then radiates out from there. I’m looking forward to finding only Peace & Love within me. I’m not there but I’m closer.
How do you deal with your Fears?
Are you able to control your dreams?
Have you ever considered leaving all the Past behind you?
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