I’m reading a book called The Tibetan Art of Serenity by Christopher Hansard and this book explains that all our problems are caused by fear. You need to get rid of fear to live the life you want. Fear encourages the abuse of women, poverty, misinformation, misuse of economics, agriculture and industry. Fear is the root of environmental pollution, global warming, social unrest, the abuse of human rights, terrorism and global breakdown. It is by finding serenity that we can heal our individual fears and make this world a better place. The path to stop our fear starts with identifying them. Which fears do we suffer from?
“The greatest benefit of fear is that when you understand it, you know that you can heal it.”
There are twelve types of fear. Identify your fear from this list:
Fears of the Everyday Mind
- The fear of being yourself
This is the only fear that all people have and all other fears come from this one.
- The fear of other people
It is this fear that causes violence, terrorism and evil. In many societies, this fear is encouraged.
- The fear of power and control
People think that having power over others will bring them satisfaction but power and control should only be motivated by inner development.
- The fear of love
This is the fear of hurt and rejection. When we love, we are vulnerable.
- The fear of loneliness
We need to discover the pleasure of our own company.
- The fear of fear itself
Sometimes people avoid life and become isolated and lonely because they want to avoid fear.
- The fear of death and dying
This is not the fear of the event but of the discovery. What happens when I die?
Fears of the Material World
- The fear of success and failure
Some people achieve success and don’t know how to live with it and take responsibility for it. Usually the same people can’t live with failure and accept the loss of their dreams.
- The fear of poverty and wealth
These fears come from the desire of controlling the material world. You want lots of money because you feel unsafe and you fear poverty because you think you’re in constant danger.
- The fear of the future and what it will bring
This fear comes from the dissatisfaction and inability to be content.
- The fear of achievement and self-esteem
We want to achieve more to raise our self-esteem but we fear achievements because our self-esteem is too low to cope with it.
- The fear of war and illness
This fear is bigger today that it has ever been because media makes us aware of their existence and we are forced to confront them every day.
Now which of these fears do you suffer from? After identifying them, you are ready to meditate on them, let them go and finally find serenity.
- The Tibetan Art of Serenity (thebookmonsterblog.wordpress.com)