It’s not monsters under the bed or even the fear of death that paralyzes us the most. It is our ever present, deeply rooted fear of the unfamiliar. We become racist because of this; isolationist because of this; stuck in our old ruts because of this.
Of course we argue that it is natural to be afraid of the unknown. But is it? Isn’t the unknown always the place of growth? Could we ever have given up crawling and learned to walk if the fear of the unknown is hardwired into us? Babies and toddlers actually test everything that is unfamiliar—usually by sticking it in their mouth.
Those of you who know me know that I seek out the unfamiliar; I push the limits. Yet that fear of the unfamiliar is always there in me and all of us. Here’s a small example that inspired me to write this Blog:
I’m finally home from traveling for awhile so decided to begin a yoga practice. I put on my yoga clothes, drove to the nearby ‘Yoga One’ studio— imagining soft, spiritual yoga with peaceful statues of Buddha overlooking the practitioners. They didn’t have a class at that time so I took my mat and drove to another studio—one whose very name intimidated me: ‘Core Power Yoga’—featuring hot yoga in a room at 110°F.! (You have to understand that I don’t exactly have a yoga body. My deep forward bend looks exactly like my halfway bend.) That’s when my fear of the unfamiliar raised its voice. I recognized it immediately as it spoke in my head. “Jonette, do you really think you can do hot, power yoga? Don’t you want to go home and find an easy class on YouTube?”
The afraid-of-the-unfamiliar-Jonette kept talking in my head as I continued to march into the intimidating studio and sign up for the class that was starting in three minutes.
I did OK and not a single person laughed at me when my eagle pose collapsed, or my cobra looked more like road-kill. At the end of the longest, hottest class I’ve ever taken, I actually vowed to come back. But next time I’ll bring a towel…
So no matter how brave you are, notice how many times that niggling fear of the unfamiliar keeps you from trying new things that aren’t in any way inherently scary or dangerous.
Let me know how it goes…
Jonette is a spiritual adventurer, and modern-day shaman who leads spiritual tours to power places around the globe. She is a gifted channel, oracle, and author of the internationally best-selling books “The Eagle and the Condor” and “Soul Body Fusion®.” She is founder of the Soul Body Fusion® method for healing and beyond. With her cosmic guide ‘Mark’ she teaches people to reach multi-dimensional and quantum states of consciousness.
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