Energetically, how we show up in the world has a lot to do with how our energy is flowing. When we experience fear, we contract, pulling our energy inward. The physiological effects of fear due to long-term stress and anxiety is well-documented. However, if we look at what fear does to us on an energetic level, there are other factors at play.
The human chakra system is a series of vortices running through the body from the top of the head to the base of the spine, and through the front and back of the body at various locations, as well as in the hands and feet. Our chakras function to draw in energy from the unified field in which we all live, and the energy that flows outward affects how we interact with each other.
When we are in a state of fear, we constrict the flow of energy into our vortices, causing our fields and consequently our bodies to become depleted. We see this in the physical system commonly as adrenal fatigue and its related maladies. We also drop to a lower vibration, making us less visible to people operating at a higher vibration, and importantly, more visible to those operating at a lower level. So, for example, if we are fearful of confrontation or attack, we actually become more noticeable to those who would harm us. Then, our patterns of resistance, defensiveness, or overwhelm will engage, affecting how we interact and with whom. We may experience depression as the mind turns inward along with our energy.
From a state of fear, we begin to function in the hippocampus, operating from fight or flight mode. This part of the brain is designed to look for patterns and respond with learned behaviour. If we expect trouble, this part of the mind will seek it out, causing us to recreate, time and again, the same scenarios – confirming our fears. As you can see, this is a downward spiral.
The best way out of fear is to learn to center ourselves and cultivate a different mindset, one that raises our vibrations, opens our chakras to receiving sustenance and support, and causes us to be visible to those who would treat us with care.
I suggest the following technique to shift the mind from fear to receptivity:
1. Take several deep breaths. This calms the nervous system, moving the brain function out of fight or flight.
2. Notice where the feeling of fear emanates from your body. Focus your breathing and attention on that area in order to experience the fear as a physical sensation. The mind likes to give the fear a scenario with which to catastrophize. Stop that process by taking a step back from your thoughts and just feeling the fear. Experiencing it as sensation will shift your perspective on it.
3. Step into this moment. What is happening right now? Is there anything actually going on in the moment to fuel the fear? If not, continue to breathe and stay with the present moment, allowing the fear to surface and become conscious. Often, fears are patterns set in early life that run on a loop. Sometimes, a shift in awareness is created when the pattern becomes conscious that the current situation does not contain the threat that generated the original pattern.
4. If there is something to fear, channel that feeling into action. What can be done about it in this moment? Write down a list of actions to take, and take the first one. The mere act of taking that first step can diffuse the sense of helplessness. If there is something to fear and no action can be taken at this time, stay present with the sensation as an opportunity to become conscious. The universe is constantly trying to teach us about ourselves through circumstance. What can be learned from the present one? Sometimes, it’s enough to sit with fear and see that it doesn’t destroy us.
If you are experiencing fear, it’s sometimes necessary to seek support through the process, and gain perspective from an outside source. If you are living with fear, please let me know. I’d love to help you work through it.