What is man, if not the sum of his fears? Man’s greatest fear is that he will not attain to that internal beckoning which stirs him daily.
As man peers down the long awaiting road, his mind begins to question. Is this my path? Is this who I am or what i really want? And when the road splits, curves and climbs he asks is this the direction i should take? If there is an obstacle, should i go over it or around it or just move it? And once man has navigated through his road, will there be another to follow the route traversed? Need he clear the way for others, or provide a map of his journey?
Man looks at the end from the beginning, and though he may see the difficulties, uncertainties and possible demise of his goal he steps forward into the unknown. His fear is brought about by the unknown variables. Not only what lies before him, but how he will manage it.This ultimately leads to uncertainty and a mindset that subverts his confidence and thus interrupts his journey.
He may hide away in any manner of disruptive and destructive behaviors. He may shrink to stop along the way, something easy and asks very little of him. Man may seek companionship that doesn’t challenge his intellect or passions, nor stimulate the dormant yet impelling call to move forth.
As man moves through his day-to-day, he fulfills a routine. Here he has control, here he is the king of his regarded fortune. He may exist in this position in a state of pseudo-satisfaction for a great length of time. But within him is a longing , desiring liberation.
Here man is a volcano. Lying idle for years and years until the ground becomes a prison to his breath. And though the forthcoming eruption is hot and can produce a seemingly uninhabitable situation, a new landscape is created along with new flora and summoned fauna. New growth!
Man seeks to create. If not with his hands, then with his head. If the head is not in it, he draws from his heart each day. A fresh clean sheet of paper and expects to produce something of worth. Man fears being alone. Although alone he seeks at various times throughout his journey, This is so that he may converse with the neglected intrinsic nature of who he is and instruct or direct who he is becoming.
This speaks to all I have covered in this series. “Choices” was the last topic discussed, “Fears” have followed because choices are made regardless of the fear. A choice will always be made and even after the choice, there may, can and probably will be fear as man goes about his resolution.
Man’s fears are greater than the unknown and the difficulty of his travels, there is also the unfulfilled, the incomplete, the content and the uninspired. Yet fear does produce some good. It can keep man mindful to the world and the people around him, reminding him that “Time waits for no man!”.
I will leave you for now with a quote from Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”