They used to say that if it bleeds it leads, implying that fear-pimping was somehow an acceptable part of economic growth. But, we know there’s more to the story. We know that fear is a tool used for social control. It’s a weapon of mass destruction and mass deterioration of mental health. It’s a technique used to entrap us into lower consciousness, to keep us humming along in a dense vibration. It keeps the reptilian brain in the driver’s seat, and used to create conflict and chaos.
Most importantly, though, fear, whether real or perceived, keeps us focused on survival and security, forgetting that abundance and cooperation are both possible and far more enjoyable.
“Fear begins and ends with the desire to be secure; inward and outward security, with the desire to be certain, to have permanency. The continuity of permanence is sought in every direction, in virtue, in relationship, in action, in experience, in knowledge, in outward and inward things. To find security and be secure is the everlasting cry. It is this insistent demand that breeds fear.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
Those in positions of power in government and in the media know this all too well. They use fear to influence the behavior of the masses. They front it as an offer we can’t refuse, telling us it’s okay to be afraid, because, we have them to protect us. They use it as justification for the ever-expanding military industrial complex and the Orwellian Permanent War. They use it to manufacture political consent, and to manufacture tolerance of the ever-incessant attacks on privacy and liberty.
And here’s the catch-22: The more we give in to the tyranny of fear, the less secure we are. Fear is a trap, and here are five tricks it uses to enslave you.
1.) The Fear Tells You to Indulge in Anger and Hate
This one is widely understood, but worth repeating. If you’re unable to overcome fear, then you’re open to anger and hate, of which we see so much of in our world today. What is rarely discussed, however, is that fear is what fuels the anger and hate, and that fear that drives the unrest and chaos we see in our world.
Yoda, of course, said it best:
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” ~Yoda
2.) The Fear Expects You to Abandon Rationality
There’s a stark difference between fear and caution. Caution is a functional process that occurs in the present moment to keep us out of immediate danger. The fear in question here, on the other hand, is more like an art form, a type of refined capacity of human imagination. And imagination doesn’t need rationality.
Fear tells us to ignore facts, statistics and direct experience, and focus instead on hype, sensationalism and comforting lies. It draws our attention to the worst case scenarios, no matter how ludicrous they may be. From this perspective, sensible solutions to problems are practically invisible, and options are thin.
3.) The Fear Wants You to Try to Control Things Which are Beyond Your Control
“We think we are running things. But unless we reconcile what our unconscious and subconscious fears and motivations are, we are just a child on a bus with a toy steering wheel making ‘vroom’ sounds with our mouth. We aren’t in control of shit.” ~Aubrey Marcus
As individuals, there is only one thing in this world that we control: Ourselves. We have absolutely no say in the thoughts and judgements of other people, we have no control over the actions of others, and we have no control over the development or course of world events. We only have the ability to control our own thoughts, actions and reactions, although, fear would have us believe otherwise.
4.) The Fear Instructs to Take Sides and Mob Up
Divide and conquer works as a political strategy because it capitalizes on fear to push people into groups and mobs in attempt to find security. We see this in big ways in society today, and as hearts harden and the war of rhetoric heats up, people will find it more and more comforting to join a group and participate in mob action. Fear is driving us toward a new feudalism, into a new divide.
“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” ~Hans F. Hansen
Do you have the courage to stand alone?
5.) The Fear Orders You to Close Up Your Heart
Heart-centered being is anything but a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it is the most courageous way of being, for it requires you to be vulnerable, a feat which is only possible when you totally abandon fear. But fear orders you to keep the heart closed. It tells you to lock up love in a safe place and guard it with the ferociousness of a caged lion.
When fear subjugates love, humans become wild animals, incapable of accessing empathy or of exhibiting compassion.
“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Fear certainly can be a dangerous master, but what exactly is it? Can you touch it? Can you see it? What color is it? Is it even real, or is it really just a lapse in discipline of the mind?
Spiritual growth stops until fear is confronted and overcome, but, on the path to self-mastery, fear is the first thing to go. It’s the first unneeded part of yourself that gets ferreted out of the psyche and dragged into light from the dark hollows of the subconscious mind. It doesn’t serve you well, and your spirit knows this. Do you hear it?
How do you reconcile your subconscious? Get still enough to hear it whisper to you, and then bring it into awareness. How do you get still? Meditation, floating, yoga, breath, ecstatic dance, plant medicine, time in nature… many ways up the mountain.” ~ Aubrey Marcus