The crocodile trainer uses a distraction to maintain a safe distance from its powerful jaws. He enters the pen and throws the croc a piece of rope to chew on while he maneuvers to a safe place from which to feed and appease this fearsome beast.
Fear, like a powerful beast, can grip our minds and hearts in its jaws and pull us into a downward spiral. Unattended, not managed, it often develops into anger, hatred and exclusion. Managing or treating the extended symptoms of fear is a temporary and inadequate response for it fails to resolve the underlying cause.
Fear is a tool of the human psyche meant to preserve our physical safety. Its only job is to alert us to the possibility of danger. The problem is in its primitiveness. It cannot discern between the real and the unreal. It does not sense the difference between that past, present and future. It cannot see beyond the physical senses. It sees but has no vision. It hears but cannot listen. It feels but cannot touch. The response is up to us. The typical responses; fight (anger), flight (leave) or freeze (apathy) are inadequate, for they fail to create a sustained sense of safety. They do not appease the aspect of consciousness that raises the symptoms of fear.
So, what to do then? A completely new response to fear must be implemented if we are to transcend its grip and evolve as a collective consciousness. Facing fear and its extended we bring them into the Light of greater understanding. We recognize the underlying cause as fear and we shine the Light of Love and Harmony. We create for ourselves and safe space sheltered by the shield of Divine Love that transforms and harmonizes the energies of hatred and fear. From the shelter of Divine Love we open our hearts to forgiveness and inclusion. We refuse to engage in hatred. We refuse to respond with anger. We allow a greater wisdom and peace to transfuse our minds and hearts and we become the beacons of Light. We hold an image of Love and Light that transforms every fear-filled soul into a vessel of peace and harmony. We listen with our hearts and we respond with Love. We hear the crocodile mind speaking from the back of our humanness and we say Peace, Be Still. The Christ in me is awakened. Thanks for the warning but God and I have got this.
© 2017. Rev. Eileen Patra. Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving as pastor at Unity of Livonia in Michigan.