Fear = False Evidence Appears Real

Posted on 27th May, 2020

by Shawna

Our perception of reality can be clouded by ignorance that manifests as fear and worry. Worry - we all have struggled with from time to time. It's hard not to worry when facing situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. We worry when we face unexpected situations with an uncertain outcome. When we don't know what to expect, we don't know all the answers; we worry. Excessive worry is rooted in fear, we are worried because we are afraid of the unknown. Fear usually occurs as a natural response to danger. However, we often generate fear, and often it appears real, even though it does not have a real substance - F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear and worry can arise overcoming any logic and as long as we ignore or deny them, they will hold us captive.

How to Overcome Fear and Worry

Most of the time, our worries are exaggerated. We get to control our fears only by acknowledging and confronting them. It happens when we stop worrying about tomorrow and start focusing on today, at the present moment. When we recognize what we're afraid of and look at it from a new perspective it transforms our entire life.

  • Control the mind - We can control our mind and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Our thoughts are powerful, and we can develop the capacity to select them.
  • Action instead of reaction - It's in our power to decide at any moment to be proactive, take action, and make progress today instead of worrying about what might happen tomorrow. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help to recognize fear when it arises and consciously transform it, rather than reacting to it.
  • Learn and practice - When we apply all these in our everyday lives, in the situation we are currently facing, it might surprise us to find out that the snake that scared us in the dark, it is only a rope.

A beautiful thought to help us thrive during this challenging period: worries about tomorrow cast dark clouds over the brilliance of today's joy.