does fear exist?

August 25th, 2014


I can’t tell you how many times I have had this conversation with myself.

Q: Is there really fear? If there isn’t, how can we shift our state of mind to release the shackles of what we define as fear?

That’s a very good question.

First, I’ll point out this: fear only exists in your head. It is a feeling that is reinforced by your pattern of thinking.

Thankfully for me and for you, and for others who begin a seated meditation practice, what you notice is how you think. You notice how you think all the time, and what the content of those thoughts are. Generally speaking, they are negative and self-limiting, full of anxious doubt and fear. For instance, how many times do you think to yourself: I can’t do that. That won’t work. That’s not me. I don’t like it. I’m afraid. Not now.

You see, there’s an infinite variety of those thoughts that we empower. When I say “empower,” I mean that thinking alone is what paralyzes us physically, emotionally, spiritually — in every way. We end up being able to “go nowhere.” Even if we are seeking, we set in place an invisible barrier.

How can we transform that barrier? Marvelously we’re given arms and legs so we can actually transcend the limitations of our thinking with our own bodies. You have to use your feet! That’s what I’m getting at. You have to take a step. You are not going to mentally or emotionally move toward something until you’ve literally moved.

Please listen to more of this conversation below on the Inside Personal Growth podcast, and then visit my Retreats page.


  1. Maezen,

    I see this post after writing you a personal message. I kind of wished I’d read it first and spared you some of my moaning. Once again, your timing and your words speak straight to my (fearful) heart. Thank you.


    Comment by Clare — August 25, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  2. Clare, you are the reason I wrote this, so your timing was perfect for me and for you. It can’t be otherwise, ever.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — August 25, 2014 @ 7:45 am

  3. I’ve had that foot up in the air much too long now.Time to put it down and move on. Like Claire says your inspiration “always”so timely…….

    Comment by daisy marsahll — August 25, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

  4. I’ve finally listened to this. I’m going to need at least two more reruns.

    Comment by Ranya — September 11, 2014 @ 8:35 am

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