On Wednesday we talked about the very different experiences you have if you visit an open or closed haunted attraction, how the closed attraction reveals what goes on behind the scenes during the open one, and how if we were to take a different perspective on the fears in our lives we’d be able to see the truth about them too. So today I wanted to go into that topic a bit more and see what we can discover about our fears.
Fear is part of our lives, it’s not something we can escape. It does serve a purpose, especially for keeping us alive. Fear can alert us if we’re doing something that could kill us or hurt someone else or is a risk that may be more detrimental than it could be worth. Most of us try to avoid our fears, but in fact if we spend time with them we’ll be better equipped to understand future fears we face and if they’re worth the risk of following through or not.
It’s not easy to face our fears, but if you approach them with the same interest that some people watch reality TV shows or the way people are unable to look away from accidents and tragedies it may be easier to face because then they’re not so seemingly personal or real. In the case of fears it’s not such a bad thing to look into them and see what makes them tick and how they work. Maybe we’ll find something interesting or learn something we never knew (that’s not about the dating habits of people in remote parts of the world) and we can apply to our lives and our future.
However, if we choose to avoid our fears and avoid thinking about them or trying to understand them, we’ll only make things worse. No, you don’t need to invite fears to be part of your life or create them so that you can experience them, but when they do happen take the time to try to understand them.
“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” Jiddu Krishnamurti