If we give up, and see the world as a threatening, doomed place, then that is what it will be.
It is not much of a stretch of the imagination to believe that many of those in power want you afraid. They want you to have no hope, and they want you to give them your undivided attention. That way, you won’t do anything to rock the boat.
There are some pretty awful things happening in our world today. The truth is, however, that there are always things happening. For the most part they are just things. However, because we live in a fear-based society, much of what we are being shown looks negative.
What does it mean to live in a fear-based society? Notice how much of what gets reported in the news, lots of the information our government shares with us, and various other groups spout, instills fear. Fear is a very, very powerful tool, and when people buy into it enough, it controls them.
When a person comes to power of any sort, they have a choice. Share or hoard. Empower or disempower. In a fear-based society, creating lack and scarcity hoards and disempowers.
How many stories do you come across online where “the other” is being vilified? What about blaming people and things for lack and scarcity? How many times are you told that because of this, that, or the other thing, you are or will be suffering? Lack and scarcity build up the fear.
The more we see the world as being in trouble, the more we see doom and gloom, the more we create. Consciousness creates reality. And even if you do not buy into this idea, when you seek something out you’ll find it, whether it’s legit or no.
If you give up and let the doomsayers have control, you ultimately yield your power. You disempower yourself.
It may seem like there is nothing you can do. But this is part of the lie of our fear-based society. The truth is, you can do a lot to change things.
The first is to empower yourself. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into constant bad news, depressing stories, complaining and blaming. You can choose not to take part, and to redirect your own thought process in order to better maintain a neutral position.
Once you immunize yourself from the fear, you can seek out things that make you feel good. You can develop and build and share hope to improve the world at large.
Yes, this is an imperfect world. But the choice of how you see it entirely lies with you. Why? Because you are the only one inside of your head. You, and you alone, think and feel for you. Practicing mindfulness will put you in touch with yourself, and allow you to better resist the fear.
Mindfulness in practice
How do you be mindful? Questions will bring you into the here-and-now, where you can be aware of your mindset, and all that you are thinking and feeling.
These questions include:
· What am I thinking?
· How am I feeling?
· What am I feeling?
· What am I doing?
· Where am I?
These are not meant as existential question seeking deeper answers. They are questions in the here-and-now, meant to bring you out of thoughts of the past or about the future.
When you ask yourself What am I thinking? it’s about RIGHT NOW. What are you presently thinking about? Same applies to the rest of these questions, and any others like them that you can ask.
Chances are, unless you are facing an oncoming train or a charging animal, there is nothing tangible to be afraid of. This is part of the fear they use to control you.
Fear of immaterial matters
The fears that are employed in this society are intangibles. Fear of loss, the other, lack, security, and so on. These fears are meant to make us uncomfortable, and focused on certain leaders for guidance.
In addition to being a fear-based society, ours is a quick-fix society. Find that source to fix the problem, and go with it. Do it fast, now now now. Because of this, rather than turning within ourselves to understand the world, we’re directed to look without to people and things for guidance and leadership.
That’s all well and good, and there are certainly people who can teach you things. I write these blogs to share ideas to help you get inside your own head. But that’s the thing — I can’t do anything for you. Only you can help you.
There are lots of guides and people who can suggest ways and means, but the only one who can do anything about anything is YOU. And you are empowered to choose for yourself, no matter what you are told.
You may have been told that if you didn’t go to college, get a decent job, get married, have some kids, work forty hours a week, retire at 65 to somewhere warm, you would suffer. As such, any choice you made contrary to these things came with a fear of consequences.
More often than not, the fear of a thing is far worse than the thing itself. Most confrontations between people, for example, are far scarier in the anticipation of what will happen than what ACTUALLY happens. Why? Rejection. Abandonment. Suffering. Any number of fears about the consequences.
If you give up, and see the world as a threatening, doomed place, then that is what it will be. But it is only a threatening, doomed place if you accept it as being so. You have the power to change that.
When you are mindful of the here-and-now, you are better empowered to choose to resist the fear. Yes, this can be really challenging, but that doesn’t make it any less worthwhile. Do you really want to live in a constant state of lack, scarcity, and overall fear?
I don’t. When we work on having hope, being mindful, and seeing potential rather than disaster, we empower ourselves to build a better world. The fear-based society of today can be changed to a hope-based society going forward.
It starts with you and I. Only when we are mindful of ourselves, and look to abundance can we create the necessary change. We can make our small corners of the world less fearful, and spread it out from there.
You are empowered to make it so. Don’t let the fear dictate the life you lead. Choose mindfulness, and to have hope. Don’t give up or give in.
Can you see how powerful you really are?