Things continue to get crazier and crazier in a world that is gripped by fear. Fear tends to paralyze our rationality and unleashes actions that create many more problems than solutions. We are bombarded by fear infused stories 24 hours a day from water cooler conversations at work to the 24-hour news cycle to our social media feeds. It is impossible to get away from unless you live in a cave or drop off the end of the world.

Fear is the root of our emotional being. We don’t realize that these external triggers just trip an internal energy that needs to be released and brought to the surface to be dealt with. How are you going to deal with it? Are you going to feed the beast and jump on the bandwagon by adding your energy to the mix, or are you going to try and rationally look within and ask the simple question of, why is this bothering me?

If you’re a Libran like me, whose emotional strings are always led astray to defend the underdog, well then, you’re probably struggling with the lesson just like me and the cruel and crazy world will continue to throw its endless supply of sob stories your way. Did that sound cold? Yes it does, but welcome to the silent seduction of fear. What do I mean? I mean as long as the self keeps me occupied in the external world where the supply of emotional turmoil is endless thanks to the technology machine that feeds us, it is easy to lose sight of what is the root cause of my emotional reaction to the external stimulus, i.e. our cruel and crazy world.

For perspective, let’s back away from our crazy world being the stimulus and just look at some simple fears we’ve all experienced in our lives. I have a fear of snakes, my good buddies growing up didn’t. My Grandmother lived on a farm and wandered through sagebrush with a garden hoe in her hand having no fear of all the rattlesnakes that lurked in the bushes she was treading through. I remember her telling me, you know Alan, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them. My father for some reason had a real fear of spiders, I didn’t.

Why do some external stimuli affect some people, but others it does not? Luck in the lottery of life? LOL, if only life was that simple. Why are some people afraid of the dark while others have no problem walking down into their dark basements? I have a sister that had no problem with that, but me I was scared even with a flashlight in in one hand and my buddy holding the other.

The list could go on and on and I would propose to you that there really is no difference from being afraid of the dark, snakes or insects and the latest fear mongering crazes in our world like Ebola and ISIS.

The problem with fear is that it paralyzes your reasoning and it controls you into doing irrational things. Looking at it Metaphysically, fear seduces you into looking externally at whom to blame rather than internally towards the root cause of the energy within.

My snake fear came to a head once I started my Metaphysical path and my incredible meditations came to an abrupt halt as all of a sudden all I saw was snakes when I closed my eyes. It was triggered by being in Australia where I think 7 of the 10 deadliest snakes on the planet live and running on a forest path at sunset and all of a sudden feeling a lot of fear as my mind started me thinking about snakes on the path. I didn’t think a lot about it once I quickly made my way back to the main road, but the next-days meditation was a different story and the fear of snakes paralyzed my mind and ruined my meditations. For me I did a couple things, I did some past-life work to see where the snake phobia was coming from and I also then went to a local pet store and they let me handle a couple snakes to face my fear head-on. I did say, only little ones though!

The energy of the Earth plane is generating a lot of chaos to bring out the deep fears imbedded in the souls of mankind, embrace the anger and emotions you are feeling, but try to tune into the internal source of fear, not the external drama that triggered your issue. The Internet is only a click away from seductively adding fuel to your emotional fire that is just an illusion to your solution.

A US president known as FDR back in 1933 put it this way, “the only thing to fear, is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”

Good luck on your journey!