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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.

Saying YES to Love and NO to Fear: Part 2

Scriptures and holy books may be used for both good and evil.  We see the words from sacred texts of different faiths and traditions being used to justify hatred and killing and to instill fear and even push followers toward violent action.  But these same texts also inspire goodness, holiness, love, grace and peace. So what are we to believe?
The Christian Scriptures have a lot to say about fear.  The words “fear not” appear throughout the Bible.  These are a few of the scriptures I turn to when facing fear.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. —  Luke 12:32 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. — Romans 8:15
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  — 1 John 4:18

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. — Luke 12:6-7 
Hebrews 13:5-6 King James Version (KJV)  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. — Isaiah 41:10
Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you. — Deuteronomy 3:22
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. — Matthew 8:26

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? — Mark 4:40

And finally…  whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. — Philippians 4:8
I used Bible Gateway to search for these scriptures because it is easier, quicker and more reliable than counting on my memory or using a concordance.  These should all be King James Version (just because I love the beauty of the language).

Saying YES to Love and NO to Fear — Part 1

Everyone’s biggest enemy in the world right now is fear.  It is the cause of increased  isolation, the planned closing of borders, and citizens arming themselves.  We are turning against each other out of fear.  We are making irrational decisions out of fear.  We are blindly following leaders who are fanning the flames of fear to gain power.  We think we are being persecuted because someone disagrees with us.  We believe we are being brave and bold by arming ourselves and preparing for battle. When will it stop, or will we destroy ourselves, our country and our world — through fear?
It will only stop when we say a resounding “NO!” to fear.  I know this is not easy,  I struggle with it everyday.  We must remember that we create our own reality with our thoughts and we are capable of bringing our greatest fears into reality.  I see this happening in the world now.  But the good news is that we can also use our thoughts to create a new positive reality.
So how do we stand up to fear?  With love.  That’s it.  Yes, it really is that simple.  Say a resounding “YES!” to love and “NO!” to fear.
How do we resist falling prey to the negative hype, hoopla and fear mongering?  We gain control of our thoughts and our emotions.  Not so easy.  Pray, meditate, surround yourself with loving, positive people, memorize scriptures, mantras, affirmations, whatever it takes which helps to give you the reminders of assurance you need to obtain and maintain peace within yourself.  If you are disturbed by the impending election in the U.S. check out Meditate the Vote.  Scroll down if content does not appear at the top of the page.
How do we react to the craziness of this world?  First we resist fear, anger, violence and the urge to respond with violence.  Seem impossible?  Tell me about it.  We cannot stand for truth, love and peace if we respond to hatred, fear and violence in like-kind.
How do we stay strong?  Remember who and whose you are.  You are a child of the living God (created in God’s image and likeness), a citizen of God’s Kingdom.  Surround yourself with the white light of God’s presence and protection, pray, meditate, and live in the light and love of God.
How do I say no to fear when I am surrounded by people who are giving in to it?  Good news: Not everyone is giving in to fear.  People are awakening to their spiritual calling every day.  We are out there.  It’s time to start looking for each other and come together.  No one is alone in this spiritual endeavor; the enlightened ones and the awakening do exist, but they may show up in unexpected places.
Bob and I are coordinating our posts today.  Please go to Espirational Faith to read his beautiful poem “I AM.”
Tomorrow:  Saying YES to Love and NO to Fear Part 2

 

Be a Light in a Dark World

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You may have noticed I’m not quick to react to all the crazy, sad, violent and horrific things going on in the world.  When I do post about current events it is only after much thought and prayer.  But after recent terrorist attacks and the web going crazy over red coffee cups I feel the need to address the much broader issues here.
We create our own reality with our thoughts.  This truth I know for sure.  If we believe the world is an evil place, everyone who does not agree with us is against us and we are being persecuted, that is exactly what we will experience.  If we believe in a vengeful, angry God who hates everyone else, that is what we will take out into the world.  However, if we walk daily in the presence of God, spreading His light, love and goodness to all we meet our world will be a much different place.
So what do we do when the world goes crazy?  How do we react, or keep from reacting?
1.  Stay calm.  Breathe deep.  Surround yourself, your loved ones and the world with the Light of God.
2.  Resist the urge to respond to every major world event and every petty little slight.  The more we talk about what’s wrong with the world the more we will focus on it and bring it into being.
3.  Respond to anger with kindness.  This is not easy.
4.  Walk away if necessary.  Also not easy.
5.  Allow other to have their beliefs and opinions realizing you do not always have to be right or have the last word.
6.  Surround yourself with positive, caring people.  Do this for support and encouragement, not to retaliate against the “other side.”  Do not get involved in the wars of others.
7.  Believe light overcomes darkness, good overcomes evil and life overcomes death.
8.  Let your light shine.  Live what you believe, don’t just talk.  People will remember your actions long after your words are forgotten.

9.  Live without fear.  You can actually feel the fear in the world.  Fear can cause the thing we fear most to happen.  A favorite scripture of mine is, “Fear not little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32.  This is not a “heaven” statement but a here and now statement.  There is no need to worry or be afraid because God does provide.

10. Focus on guarding your own thoughts, words and actions, not those of others.  Let other people be.  You stay centered and calm.

Be a beacon to the world in a dark time.  Let the light that you are shine and shine and shine some more!

 

 

 

 

 
 

You Can’t Stop Prayer

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Years ago a church prayer chain started a miracle in my life. Years later that church became afraid and the prayer ministry changed.

It was said the government was saying they could no longer pray for people who did not specifically ask for the prayer. Fear gripped that church as they were sure the government would close the church if they prayed for the wrong person.

When the prayer in schools debate raged I remember a Christian college professor saying, “anyone who says no one can pray in school has never been in a classroom on exam day.” And that’s the point.

No one can stop you from a private act of communication with the Divine. You do not have to stand up in front of a group and say big fancy words out loud or even kneel. You can pray while you go about your daily life. When I make a blanket for charity I pray the Prayer of Protection for the child who will receive it as I sew.

The world needs our prayers now more than ever. Do not give in to fear.