What causes fear?

by David Berger — 

Our fear consumes us from the inside and it hurts those around us. Sadly, we continue to pass this illness to one another.

Our fear consumes us from the inside and it hurts those around us. Sadly, we continue to pass this illness to one another.

Fear is not an inherent human emotion. Rather, it is passed on to us at conception. This means a fearful mother-to-be will, in turn, pass her fear to her fetus. Joy and happiness are similarly transferred. After birth, parents’ fear is nurtured within their child because the parents unknowingly reinforce it. We did not learn how to release fear because our parents or guardians did not have the knowledge to confront and release their own fears. Thus, we tend to become victims of their and our own growing fears.

Our fear consumes us from the inside and it hurts those around us. Sadly, we continue to pass this illness to one another. When we yell at a person, whether an adult or a child, we send shock waves throughout their entire system. This shock causes their fears to surface. In response, they yell back at you, you yell back at them, and it becomes a classic game of tug-o-war.

As the need to survive is strong, the body resorts to its fight-or-flight instinct to protect itself from its fears. When in fear, we fight back, shut down or physically run away. The heart starts pounding, our thoughts get confused and in some instances the individual blacks out. Adrenaline is a byproduct of fear.

Sometimes we develop behavioral patterns to help us combat our fears. Common fear-based behavioral patterns include stuttering, overeating, undereating, insomnia, and alcohol, cigarette or drug use. Low back pain is also a common indicator. In many cases, low back pain is caused by the overuse of the adrenals in fight-or-flight situations.

As adults we carry all of our childhood memories and the memories of our parents within us, in addition to those we accumulate as adults. Negative memories cause tension and dis-ease. Everything, in the sense of our dis-ease, stems from the seed of fear.

 

David Berger is a licensed massage therapist who works with individuals as an emotional intuitive, assisting the release of cellular memory from the body through acupressure. Experienced in neuromuscular therapy and myofascial bodywork, he also is certified in equine massage. 480-513-7631.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 24, Number 3, June/July 2005.

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