Category Archives: Tools to Defeat Fear

Are You Still Saying NO to Fear?

The world is in a spiritual battle right now between love and fear.  It is an age-old battle that continues to be played out in the world.  It is important to remember this is not a battle that can be fought with earthly weapons.  It must be fought in our minds with our thoughts.  We are called to shine our light and live the Truth by walking in love and peace.  This will not be easy but we do have tools.  Please use them.

You will find my blog posts on resisting fear including posts on specific tools indexed with links on the page Saying No to Fear.

Stay Calm and Pray for Peace

Tuesday is election day for those of us in the United States.  While we all hope it will be an ordinary election, much like all the others, we know it may not be.  While we do not want to invite trouble, we know it could happen.  So what do we do?

  1.  Meditate on peace.  Inner peace first because that is how we create peace in the world.
  2. Pray
  3. Try to control your exposure to the media.  Don’t hang on to every minute of election coverage.
  4. During the election there have been many things said to intentionally instill fear in the people.  Over the past few months we have been talking about ways to defeat fear.  I have done this so we would all have tools to use if needed.  Use them.
  5. Don’t react immediately to “isn’t it terrible” types of stories.  Election day hasn’t even arrived yet and we are already hearing about intentionally misprinted ballots (hoax), 15 days of total darkness in November (another hoax).  Take the time to calm down and do a little research before you react.  Snopes.com is a good place to start if you suspect something may be a hoax.  Remember if something seems outrageous it probably is.

The most important thing we can do right now is stay calm and pray/mediate for peace.

Tools for Defeating Fear: Gratitude

There are people who in their fervor to win high political office and (in their minds) control the world who are intentionally spreading fear.  It makes perfect sense.  People who are afraid are easier to control.

A part of this political tactic is to paint a picture of doom and gloom;  a world gone astray with no good left.  The only hope is to elect one particular leader.  Believe it or not, this political strategy (let’s call it what it is) seems to be working.

There are people who see that there is still good left in our world and in our country.  The slogan “Make America Great Again” is meant to reinforce a very negative view of our country and our world.  But there are those who believe that America is still great.

Could things be better?  Of course.  Do we need to learn to put aside our differences and come together to work for good?  Absolutely.  Do we need to find a way to stop the senseless violence?  You bet.  But words and actions that only serve to further divide our country are not what we need right now.

If “we the people” really want to “take back our country” it must be done through a “grass roots” movement, not by electing a demagogue who claims to have all the answers.  That means we start seeing the real truth about our country and not the negative picture being painted.

The United States has a long history of pulling together to come through dark times.  In fact the great strength of our country has been that in spite of our diversity we can come together in difficult circumstance.  Now more than ever we need to come together as individuals and communities, across race, gender and party lines to listen to each other and find solutions.

We also remember that our thoughts and our words are creative.  What we think and say comes into being.  We remind each other that positive words and actions have the power to overcome evil.  We think, speak, meditate and act on peace.

We are also grateful for what we have.  We recognize that no matter how dark and desperate times may seem there is still good in the world and for this we are so grateful.  During this month when Americans celebrate a National Day of Thanksgiving let us focus on gratitude for the good things in the world, our countries (we have readers from around the world) and our own lives.

Tools for Defeating Fear: Take a Day Off

We live in a world where we have immediate access to pretty much everything that is going 24/7.  We know of everything from mass shootings to natural disasters to celebrity “tweet wars” before the dust has even settled in both the literal and figurative sense.  Our parents and grandparents could not have even imagined such immediate access to world events as they are still unfolding.

But always being “plugged in” to what is happening in the world is not always a good thing.  We can go into intellectual, emotional and even physical overload.  Don’t you sometimes feel like you need a break from all the bad news and tragedy?

The good news is that all you have to do is turn it off when “reality” gets to be too much.  You can actually turn off the TV, iPhone or computer.  Did I hear a gasp?

Did somebody say “but what will I do?”  You will do what we did in the “olden days,” you will live.  You will go about your daily life, working, taking care of your family and even having a little fun.

I know we live in dark and difficult times, but they become even darker and more difficult if we let the darkness control us.  So that is the story, in a round about way of how I decided to celebrate National Apple Month on Espirational during the month of October.  Life, love, hope and apples still go on.  🙂

Tools for Defeating Fear: Grounding

Grounding is an important tool for spiritual protection and defeating fear.  Grounding reconnects us to the energy system of the earh.  Some people do this by living as close to the earth as possible, sitting on the ground or walking barefoot.  My daily walks by the lake are part of grounding for me.  I do leave my shoes on though, it’s rocky down by the lake.  🙂

I also do a grounding exercise as needed.  Take a few deep breaths, relaxing deeper with each exhale.  Imagine roots coming out of your feet and growing deep into the earth all the way to the earth’s core.  Feel the support of the earth as you do this.

Some people leave it there, but I prefer to connect to both heaven and earth, sending a ribbon of light out from my crown chakra (the top of the head).  This will allow you to be rooted in the earth and connected to the heavens.

Grounding is essential for living on this earth.  How you do it is up to you.  It can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it.  What is important is that we do it.

Tools for Defeating Fear: Meditation

Meditation is always important, but especially when we find ourselves going up against fear.  Many of these tools I will talk about are things we need to grow and cultivate so they will become a natural part of our lives, available when we need them.  Fear, desperation and turmoil certainly can drive us to these practices  There is never a bad time to start learning, but we cannot expect to have full knowledge of or the ability to use these tools immediately.  It all takes time, so be patient.  It will be worth it.

Meditation means different things to different people and there are many different methods and techniques available.  Perhaps the easiest way to begin is simply by following the breath as it goes in and out.  This is sometimes called “mindfulness of breathing” and will slow down and calm both the body and mind.

Meditation is something that can be practiced by people of any or no religious tradition.  My meditation practice is a part of my religious practice, where we enter into the silence and experience the presence of God, but yours might be quite different.

There is such a thing as “guided meditation.”  This is another tool and it is one that I sometimes use.  These are often scripted and read.  It is easy to become dependent on these words and the tone and delivery style of the teacher.  So, if you use these be sure you are also practicing meditation on your own.  The teacher, video or podcast might not be there in time of crisis.

In the crazy world we live in, we all need to stop, be still and remember who we are.  Start developing your meditation practice now and it will be there for you when you need it.

For more information on meditation check our 101+ Positive Resources page.