FEAR

The Word for today is FEAR.

fear |fi(ə)r|
noun
an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat: drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby’s murder | fear of increasing unemployment | he is prey to irrational fears.
• archaic a mixed feeling of dread and reverence: the love and fear of God.
• (fear for) a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone: police launched a search for the family amid fears for their safety.
• the likelihood of something unwelcome happening: she could observe the other guests without too much fear of attracting attention.
verb [ with obj. ]
be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening: he said he didn’t care about life so why should he fear death? | [ with clause ] : farmers fear that they will lose business.
• [ no obj. ] (fear for) feel anxiety or apprehension on behalf of: I fear for the city with this madman let loose in it.
• [ with infinitive ] avoid or put off doing something because one is afraid: they aim to make war so horrific that potential aggressors will fear to resort to it.
• used to express regret or apology: I’ll buy her book, though not, I fear, the hardback version.
• archaic regard (God) with reverence and awe.
noun
terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress; anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, perturbation, foreboding; informal the creeps, the shivers, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, jitteriness, twitchiness, butterflies (in the stomach).
phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, nightmare, horror, terror; anxiety, neurosis; informal hang-up.
likelihood, likeliness, prospect, possibility, chance, probability; risk, danger.
verb
be afraid of, be fearful of, be scared of, be apprehensive of, dread, live in fear of, be terrified of; be anxious about, worry about, feel apprehensive about.
have a phobia about, have a horror of, take fright at.
be too afraid, be too scared, hesitate, dare not.
worry about, feel anxious about, be troubled, feel concerned about, have anxieties about.
stand in awe of, revere, reverence, venerate, respect.
suspect, have a (sneaking) suspicion, be inclined to think, be afraid, have a hunch, think it likely.

Now I posted all of that so that I could say this. I have finally found a book that I’ve been looking for for several years. It’s title is “A Course in Miracles’. Reading the Intruduction there is an odd saying that only now makes sense. “NOTHING REAL CAN BE THREATENED. NOTHING UNREAL EXISTS. HEREIN LIES THE PEACE OF GOD”. It was too much for my brain to handle at first. But after thinking about it for a couple of weeks and reading onward, I now am starting to understand this parable.

As I comb further into Chapter 1, The Meaning of Miracles, Section IV. The Illusion of Needs, something just popped out at me and literally caused me to pause and think (selah in effect). Allow me to share the concepts with you, then I will add my own little spin on it.

4. The real purpose of this world is to use it to correct our unbeliefs. You can never control the effects of fear yourself, because you made fear, and you believe in what you made. In attitude, then though not content, you resemble the Creator, Who has perfect faith in His creation because He created them. Belief produces the acceptance of existence. That is why you can believe what no one else thinks is true. If is true for you because it was made by you.

5. All aspects of fear are untrue because they do not exist at the creative level, and therefore do not exist at all. To whatever extent you are willing to submit your beliefs to this test, to that extent are your perceptions corrected. In sorting out the false from the true, the miracle proceeds along these lines:

Perfect love cast out fear
If fear exists
Then there is not perfect love
but
Only perfect love exists
If there is fear
It produces a state that does not exist.

Believe this and you will be free. Only God establish this solution, and this faith is His gift.

Now that is a mouthful and head twister. What struck me was the notion that I created my fear, and because I belief what I made two things are evident. First, God did indeed create me in His image because I can create (will into existence or my perceived reality). Moreover, what I create since God did not create it, it does not exist. God does not create illusions. Mankind does. Thusly, I create only a false state of reality because it does not align with that which is real.

Many time in my own life I have allowed myself to live in the shadows of reality; playing in the shadows and calling it LIFE. Shrinking in fear of a concept of something outside my Creator. Look at it now, I can see how foolish it is to hold onto fear. In the Judeo-Christian Holy Bible, “fear not” is mentioned 144 times, “be not afraid” is mentioned 54 times, “fret not” is mentioned 5 times, “troubled” which is another word for worried is mentioned 68 times.

Let’s look at our fear, worry, fretting and troubled in spirit for what they are. If we live in the illusion that we are somehow attached to this bag of water, flesh and bone and it show how determine our state of being, then we will forever be deceiving, limiting, deluting, and even hindering all the possibilities of real self. That illusion only begs for needs to be fulfilled. The need to be taller, shorter, thinner, heavier, straighter hair, more curls, and so on.

Provoking need in our hearts and minds and even in our very souls is a lie. How can this be true? Because we are already the complete form the Creator designed us to be. I know, I know, what you’re thinking. What about the suffering we insure in our bodies or babies born with birth defects, or the mentality challenged. Are they also complete and perfect? Do not they indeed “need” something to become normal?

I’ll leave you with one thought to answer this question. Where are you? Not regarding a physical local or state of mind, but a state of being? Your personal reality, is it inside you or outside of you? Is it inside the Creator or outside the Creator? Selah in effect – think about it. I’ll answer this question, this weekend.

Word of the day – July 14, 2015

Word for the day
“CATALYST”.

catalyst |ˈkatl-ist|

noun

a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

• a person or thing that precipitates an event: the governor’s speech acted as a catalyst for debate.

ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from catalysis, on the pattern of analyst.

catalyst

noun

the governor’s speech was a catalyst for debate: stimulus, stimulation, spark, sparkplug, spur, incitement, impetus.

Now the thesaurus limits itself to these words. I would add the following: motivate, encourage, excite, propel, jumpstart, just to name a few. Now what am I speaking about catalyst. I never thought you would ask.

Thought for the day, Newtons law of motion

I know what you’re thinking… you’re wrong!

Newton’s First Law states that “Every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force.” This is normally taken as the definition of inertia. So, what does this mean and how does it apply to humans? I’m glad you asked, allow me to clarify. This means that there is a natural tendency of objects (humans) to keep doing what they are doing. All objects resist changes in their state of motion. In other words, If you aint doing nothing, then nothing will continue as your natural state or condition. Although, if you are doing something, then you will continue to do something unless otherwise your “motion” is confronted by a stronger or greater force. Consider this law at work when we apply it to out thoughts. Scary, isn’t it?

The Newton’s Second Law explains how fast it will move based on the force applied to it. See here, “Acceleration (overcoming inertia) is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass (of the object being accelerated) the greater the amount of force needed (to accelerate the object). However, the second law gives us an exact relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. It can be expressed as a mathematical equation: F=MA.

If we apply this to our emotions, whew. Quite often when our emotions remain unchecked they continue as Newton’s First Law implies. They spiral us down a singular path to mount fortified walls so the only other humans who are allowed to enter are those who will co-sign and validate the emotions we insist on carrying. It is unfortunate because according to that law, only a greater force will be able to knock us off our kisters long enough for us to dissemble the fortress be built around our hearts to keep us “safe”.

Newton’s Third Law of motion states, “For every action there is an equal and opposite re-action”. I love that word, RE-ACTION. But I digress, back to the meaning. This means that for every force there is a reaction force that is equal in size, but opposite in direction. That is to say that when an object pushes another object it gets pushed back in the opposite direction equally as hard.

How does this apply to change, transformation, or the word of the day, catalyst? Easy-peasy, if we start looking at ourselves, thoughts, emotions, situations, and circumstances as the “mass or matter” that isn’t moving, non-reactive, non-responsive, not fulfilling our purpose OR that yearning we have in the pit of our bellies; You know the stuff that dreams are made of. That stuff that is not being actualized. In short, our potential has lost its potency because we are sitting on our backsides. Yeah.

So those of you, who find yourself in that condition, first get over being embarrassed. Take help that is offered. We have all be there. Tasks unfinished, situation unresolved. We have and those of us who have been there can be your catalyst to get you out of the rut you may find yourself in.

Now we have attacked Newton’s first and second laws of motion, what about the third. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Now please understand, I am fully aware that some of you are not slothful. I understand that there are projects that have been started, only to find, “that your get up and go has gotten up and went”. Start. Stop. Start. Oh Shiney.

For those who are facing this third law at work in their lives may experience, that they are facing a 100 mph gale. It seems all of life’s fury is being thrown at you to get you distracted, to give us, to hand it off to someone else because its just too dang hard to continue and the load is heavy.

Regardless of which law is at work in your life at the moment, simply by reading this you are definitely in the right place at the right time. Your catalyst, greater force, opposite re-action, is here to help hurdle you over yourself, situation, or circumstance to actualize the dream you carry in your heart.

I’m not a mathematician, but I do like how simply mathematics addresses this. So much so, that I have a mathematic equation to explain how change occurs. For that, stay tune.

E=MC (squared)

E=mc(squared)

emotions = matter x constant (squared)

Or in other words, our emotions is the direct result of what we deem significant (things or people that matter) to us impacted by the multiplier of the standard (or constant) of what we perceive as normal. However, since “normal” is subjective as well as objective, it has exponential impact on the circumstance and situation we apply significance to (the things or people that matter), thus revealing the emotions being generated.

By sheer definition, the word emotion means: emotion |iˈmōSHən| noun

a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others: she was attempting to control her emotions | his voice was low and shaky with emotion | fear had become his dominant emotion.

• instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge: responses have to be based on historical insight, not simply on emotion.

ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (denoting a public disturbance or commotion): from French émotion, from émouvoir ‘excite,’ based on Latin emovere, from e- (variant of ex-)‘out’ + movere ‘move.’ The sense ‘mental agitation’ dates from the mid 17th cent., the current general sense from the early 19th cent.

I have listed a handful for you today. Affection, Anger, Angst, Anguish, Annoyance, Anxiety, Apathy, Arousal, Awe, Boredom, Confidence, Contempt, Contentment, Courage, Curiosity, Depression, Disappointment, Disgust, Distrust, Dread, Ecstasy, Embarrassment, Envy, Euphoria, Excitement, Fear, Frustration, Gratitude, Grief, Guilt, Happiness, Hatred, Hope, Horror, Hostility, Hurt, Hysteria, Indifference, Interest, Jealousy, Joy, Loathing, Loneliness, Love, Lust, Outrage, Panic, Pity, Pleasure, Pride, Rage, Regret, Relief, Remorse, Sadness, Satisfaction, Schadenfeude, Self-confidence, Shame, Shock, Shyness, Sorrow, Suffering, Surprise, Trust, Wonder, Worry, Zeal, and Zest.

Evaluation of this short list, I’m sure you would agree that it is not complete. Although, its a great list to start our musing. In Schere’s components processing model of emotion, five crucial elements of emotion are said to exist. From the component processing perspective, emotion experience is said to require that all of these processes become coordinated and synchronized for a short period of time, driven by appraisal processes. Although the inclusion of cognitive appraisal as one of the elements is slightly controversial, since some theorists make the assumption that emotion and cognition are separate but interacting systems, the component processing model provides a sequence of events that effectively describes the coordination involved during an emotional episode.

Cognitive appraisal: provides an evaluation of events and objects

Bodily symptoms: the physiological component of emotional experience

Action tendencies: a motivational component for the preparation and direction of motor responses.

Expression: facial and vocal expression almost always accompanies an emotional state to communicate reaction and intention of actions

Feelings: the subjective experience of emotional state once it has occurred

When does this influx of emotion occur? Early childhood development? Possibly. The first time we take a risk and become vulnerable? Most assuredly. In the womb? Now there a point to ponder. While each of these is great to ponder, I’ll leave that to the psychologist. I’m in the business of helping understand their emotional reaction, how they might help or hinder them from achieving their goals. I’m also here to help you activate or deactivate the control switches.

So in other words, I am a change agent, a transformational guru, a spiritual midwife and counselor. To some my writings and perspective may appear strange but to others it will give voice to what they have “felt” inside and thereby feel suddenly liberated. You decide, but stay tuned to do so.