Anxiety and fear are at the forefront of todays world, especially with all the rapid changes in lifestyle we have all experienced due to the pandemic. This global situation has had a profound ripple effect of personal crisis, and sudden change in almost every area of our lives.
Many are afraid to leave their homes, touch loved ones, travel or to express their freedom. There is an incredibly heightened state of anxiety about the future. Not only this, but the entire foundations that we built our lives upon have crumbled down on a macro and micro level. We have all been left swimming in a sea of uncertainty.
And in the depths of that sea of uncertainty, lies the most profound fear that torments humankind: sickness and death. Either of our loved ones, or ourselves.
But the important thing to remember, is that all of our fears and anxieties take place in the mind as a thought. These thoughts then create all sorts of potential dreams about a future we would prefer not to experience.
Every experience is fleeting
The irony of our anxieties and fears is that every experience is as fleeting as the next. The moment we experience what we have feared, we flow onwards and forwards into the next moment. And the next. And the next…
As spiritual beings having a human experience, even death too is part of this eternal rhythm.
Whilst it is more than okay to feel, to grieve the old, to feel the pain of loss and love when we witness sickness or death; we don’t have to see it as wrong, unjust or unfair. We can feel how we feel and still accept it as what is.
Without bypassing the emotional upheaval experienced by much of humanity at this time; it is true that the real sickness pervading the Earth is how severed we are from our
connection to consciousness.
The fear of death is an idea
The reason we are suffering as much as we are is because we do not know who we are, and subsequently, we are still living in fear.
Without knowing who we are, we have lost our trust, that as eternal beings we are safe to have even the most dramatic experiences, and to play out ridiculously ferocious narratives. We have lost the trust that we are safe to die - as we all inevitably will.
What we really know about the nature of the universe is next to nothing. How could we possibly know that the death we fear and avoid so much is the “negative”, devastating experience that it is painted to be?
Especially when all of the ancient wisdom of this Earth, and the explorations of yogi’s, shamans and seeker’s, point to death as a beautifully mysterious transition. And, perhaps, to be the catalyst for the most exciting, liberating, blissful adventure.
So if death, in all likelihood, is only terrifying as an idea and not as the reality, what have any of us got to be afraid of?
Managing your mind creates your anxiety and fear
Fear and anxiety only run wild when we are focusing on managing all of our preferences, ideas and opinions as if our stories are serious. When we are focused on “little old me”, trying to meet the unrealistic expectations we place upon ourselves, and playing the victim to an unpredictable world that never meets our expectations.
But when we take the time to zoom out a little into the bigger picture of our existence, we can breathe into the trust that our consciousness is eternal. That even the deepest, darkest suffering in both our own lives and as a collective - will come to pass, transform, blossom and evolve into something new and different.
The only things that suffer are your ideas
When you know that the only certainty you will ever be sure of, is that things will change, then there is nothing to grasp on to and nothing to let go of. This includes all of your anxieties and fears.
In this empty space you will realise that there is nothing to be afraid of. You are free. Even in the face of a global pandemic, death, fear, hysteria, and the collapse of everything we know and think we understand. You are still free.
The only things that ever suffer - are just your ideas.