Fear is a very potent emotion. In these days of mass shootings in schools, grocery stores, concert arenas, clubs, places of worship, and elsewhere; global pandemics and shutdowns; economic inequality and uncertainty; environmental crises and extreme weather; and wars and terrorism, every aspect of daily life seems to be polluted by fear. Through its power of suggestion, we find ourselves running various scenarios of destruction in our minds. And the media is more likely to cover a story that feeds our fear than one that supports our peace of mind, optimism, and dreams for the future.
Fear plays upon our natural feelings of vulnerability and turns them into expectations that something terrible could happen to us. It rides on cultural habits of dueling dualisms and perceptions of separation, and it spits on feelings of unity and interconnection. Fear is addictive; once we get going down that path, we notice even more reasons to be afraid.
The world's religions and spiritual paths have long offered us antidotes to fear. They show us how to reframe it and work with it. They give us practices to help us develop fearlessness and the love and compassion that accompanies it.
This e-course draws upon the wisdom about fear in Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, psychology, and other traditions. We have made selections from the writings on fear by such renowned teachers as Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chogyam Trungpa, Ezra Bayda, Harold Kushner, Hugh Prather, Bradford Keeney, Brenda Shoshanna, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Muller, Edward Hays, and others.
Recovery programs say that it takes three weeks — 21 days — to break a bad habit or to start a new practice. The 21 "Fear Busters" in this e-course give you spiritual wisdom coupled with simple exercises for working with any fears you may be facing. Click on "Subscribe to E-Course" below and discover how you can break the fear habit.
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