Turning The Fear Of Death Into The Love Of Life
“Turning The Fear Of Death Into The Love Of Life” was written and recorded by guest contributor, Samuel Kronen.
The fear of death is embedded in the very fabric of human existence, as it is with the inherent love of life.
We are capable of succumbing to either of these most fundamental modes of being at any given time, but perhaps if we investigate this closely, if we inquire together carefully and with great consideration, we might come to understand how it is we can transmute one into the other, or rather how to transform the fear of non-being into an abiding sense of fulfillment and joy in being.
Now, I hope I didn’t come on too strong.
I don’t think this is as heady as it may seem to be, for it seems to me that all fear can be boiled down to the fear of death or the fear of non-being and all joy and zest can be boiled down to an innate zest for life. What we are concerned with then is that of turning fear into love – freeing ourselves from fear and moving into the space of love.
We all know how paralyzing fear can be, how we can go from being relatively happy campers to being utterly crippled and stiffened by the myriad manifestations of our fear. It’s a profoundly uncomfortable feeling, and furthermore in renders us entirely incapable of moving powerfully and effectively through the world.
It is a rather yucky state to find oneself in, and that is why it is imperative that we understand our fear so as to move beyond it into a place of strength and compassion.
Now, my conception of fear might be slightly different than most interpretations, so I hope we can stay together here. To me, all fear can be diluted into one essential state of fear, a fear that has no name or face. It is not fear of, it is simply fear as such. Ultimately it is that which has come into being evolutionarily as a means of survival for us, but we have developed in such a way that we have given much too much credence to this state of being – this quality of fearfulness and apprehension.
If we think about it, most fear is entirely useless.
The odds that fear is in some way going to help us survive or drive us in some way towards something meaningful just doesn’t seem that likely to me. I suppose I can only speak for myself, and I’d have to say that fear has not served in ways that I am aware of. It seems to have done much more bad than good, and in that I have come to be pretty convinced that the amount of embedded fear we need to survive is actually fairly limited.
I am talking about fear in a psychological sense, just to be clear, not necessarily in a purely physical sense. This is the inner state of paralyzing fear of that which has yet to arise, the fear of occurrences that don’t exist in the here and now.
How do we transform fear into life energy?
When we are in the grips of fear, it is very important that we don’t run away from it, find some internal safe space to gain some of solace. Stay with it. Stay with this fear, for certainly we will garner nothing in terms of understanding fear if we immediately run away from it.
This is what I try to do when I am in the grips of fear… I breath my way into the present moment, into the immediacy of felt experience so as to remove myself from whatever is happening in my mind, and from there try to really be aligned with what is happening, be in accordance with the undercurrent of this fear.
Why am I afraid?
When I ask myself this, I usually find very few rational explanations, and the reason is that fear is entirely a rational. We had a thought, and allowed that thought to take us places that we didn’t want to go. We invested our emotional body, or as Eckhart Tolle says our pain body, into a particular thought pattern that was not connected to the reality of what was happening, and from there we created this deep sense of fear and inner turmoil.
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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, and if we can truly understand Roosevelt’s prophetic words then perhaps we can mitigate this pure state of fear enough so as to live out our greatest potential.
When we bring the whole of our attention to the pure state of fear, to the stark immediacy of the feeling of fear, we open the door to the love of life – to a relentless and unmitigated zest for existence as such.
When fear is dissolved, some other kind of energy comes out of that dissolution, something much deeper and more powerful.
The precious jewel that is love comes into being, and from here our lives come to flow with a marvelous and ethereal finesse. We feel good, and amidst that goodness we find ourselves highly capable of moving through life creatively and passionately.
The dissipation of fear invariably creates the energy of love.
I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I simply wish to invoke reflection and self inquiry, which seem to be the only tools we have in regards to cultivating ourselves as human beings and living a happy life. This doesn’t need to be bought as if it were some kind of material possession, rather let’s simply delve into this with utter impartiality and curiosity and see if there is any value in what has been said here.
It is only in looking through the lens of curiosity that we may come to recognize what is true for us.
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About the Author: Samuel Kronen is a young writer, spiritual entrepreneur, and warrior of the soul whose life work is comprised of the pursuing of higher consciousness and the propagating of love and compassion on a collective level. You can also reach him directly via at sjkronen @ gmail (dot) com or follow him on YouTube here.