By Leanne Pollock
I now agree with the quote by Roosevelt,
"There is nothing to fear but fear itself," and it
has been a long process to not let my fears run my life. Some
people learn their lessons in the workplace while others learn
from their primary relationships. My life lessons have been,
and still are, learned through health issues. I am an expert
on fear and my journey has taken me to the depths where I
wallow in fear. I know how to bathe, drink, and drown in it.
My journey has also taken me to the heights of spiritual bliss
and when I am in that place I know there is nothing to fear.
Let me share a little about myself and my
journey. I am a cancer survivor for 16 years now. My life has
been filled with amazing challenges, twists, turns, and
turmoil. Like a Pollyanna I get complacent at times and
lulled into believing I am done with learning lessons through
illnesses. Iíve said many times to myself, "Done that,
been there, not doing that again!" Suddenly a new ache,
pain, or spot appears and I drop back into the dark pit of
fear. I am also an expert at moving beyond fear and reminding
myself at times how to live in the present, with no
projections or shadows dancing around luring me to fall once
again. "How do humans live without fear?" I have
asked myself that many times. I am still surprised and
intrigued when I hear someone say, "Oh I let go of all
fear years ago." I want to pinch them just to see if they
are real. I am not there yet, however. I strive for this place
of knowing and living that there is really nothing to fear
except fear itself.
My wish is to help those of you plagued by
fear. It helps me and reminds me of my wisdom when I share
some of the tools of the trade with others. The helpful things
I do to get back on track are practical and really work. When
I need to relax and lessen the grip of fear, it means I need
to shift my thinking to my new paradigm. Helpful tip number
one is journal writing, which eventually centers me and helps
me see where I am off track. It helps me get into the present.
I honestly write about my feelings, raw and deep.
Several years ago I was fortunate enough to
take the training in RC or re-evaluation therapy and still use
the incredible technique of discharge. I cry, scream, beat on
a pillow, or shake, whatever it takes to process my terror.
Then, I might call one of my dear friends and ask them to
listen to my stuff and to reassure me. It is also helpful to
take a long walk and breathe in nature. I go to my spiritual
books also to calm and inspire me. They help me remember that
I am o.k. And another centering, calming technique is to deep
breathe and make toning sounds. I soon feel peace, love, and
grace. These practices help me find my soul and once again I
My job today is to live my highest truth. I
know in my heart of hearts I am okay no matter what happens to
my body. I truly understand there is nothing to fear except
God's Peace to you all.