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From Fear to Love. The Beginnings of an Awakening

Chris Renzo, Contributing Writer
Waking Times 

There is a life waiting for all of us.  A new life.  A life not dictated by our fears and anxieties, but instead a life created by our love for life and all of its creations.  

The only thing that is stopping us from creating harmony is fear.  Fear is a global cultural norm.  It is systemic throughout humanity.  For example, we fear that if we cannot pay our bills that we will be cast onto the streets.  We also fear nature and so we fortify our environments and destroy mass ecosystems in the name of profit.  It is scientific fact that we are in the midst of the greatest mass extinction in 65 million years [Source].  We are over consuming the earths resources to keep “business as usual” and to “pay our bills.”  So “normal” is this fear that we do not care to question its dominance over our lives and how it dictates economic and social activity.

And what about our social fears?  Sometimes we are so afraid to speak what we feel to our friends, our partners, and our families, that we suppress what we feel in order to keep the status quo.  We often keep ourselves quiet when there is such a vast array of emotional intelligence within us that should be shared.  We fear we will hurt or loose the relationships which we cherish so we stay silent.  We are afraid to be alone, but what we fail to see is that isolation and aloneness are only creations of the mind.  Our disconnection from life, from nature, and from spirit, is directly tied to the dominant cultural paradigm of fear based actions [or inaction].

Adherence to cultural norms based in fear diminishes our sensitivity to life.  We see that it is only adaptable to suppress our sensitivity.  It is only normal we say.  We must secure our livelihood, we must protect ourselves, and keep the economy “growing.”  But can we not see that our fear driven culture is consuming not only the physical world at a rate that is not sustainable, but it is consuming our minds and diminishing our ability to be love, to be light, and to be connected to spirit.

This is as far as I will take it.  This entry is not intended to be a negative one.  It was written to shed awareness.  And only when we are aware can we make changes.  Despite the statements above everyone whom I meet and spend time with I have an inherent love for.  The reason why is because I see love within them.  We are all family in this life.  And it is this life of dualistic proportions that gives us the opportunity to even know what a “more harmonious life” would be.  It is this current society that allows us to see how we can grow.

Awareness of how fear influences our lives both at the individual level and the social level [for they are both one] brings us closer to the awakening that this world is crying out for [as well as our hearts… again, they are both one of the same].  It take courage to see the truth, but in your courage to see things as they are your reward is compassion and a sensitivity to life that will open your heart to the love that is all around you.  Be not focused then in the mind that dwells in fear, but instead take shelter in the faith that the connection to the spirit is real.

About the Author
Christopher Renzo is a life coach and writer who specializes in helping others get in touch with their source of inner power and confidence to create a more harmonious life.  He has been working with clients in a professional manner since 2009 and has been helping people with his intuitive gifts ever since he was a teenager.  He holds the notion that once people understand the root of their troubles from a psychological and spiritual perspective, they can break free from the conditions that bound them to a life of discontent.  Born and raised in the New York Metropolitan area, Christopher now resides in Berkeley, California.  Please visit his excellent blog, Keen Awareness.

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  • shikira pressley

    Scientists are eager to unwrap the mysteries and secrets of early human existence that fascinate even the minds of the non-inquiring populous, yet the challenge arrives when we begin to equate complex emotions with human instinct and survival skills in the past and in the present.

    It appears the norm in many developed countries and societies, that being civilized means to override the constraints of our instinctive fears, and go dig up molten rock to extract oil even if it kills us in the process. The surpassing of innate human fears should then mean that we are immune to the consequences of mortal liberation, and someplace out of control with it?.

    Not everyone is willing to agree that developed nations live by a moral code of healthy balanced disciplined, yet those who do, firmly equate being civilized with being liberated, even though the two schools of thought are open to any measure of interpretation and autosuggestion.

    I must then disagree entirely that being free of instinctive fear makes us at all cultured or civilized, regardless of being liberated – we do make informed choices about how we utilize our freedoms and why being civilized has a different shade of gray from being socially, morally and politically motivated.

    In terms of our domestic relationships, the presence of uncertainty is an inevitable consequence of how we manage our complex emotions perhaps, yet it is never healthy to be entirely predictable to another person if there is to remain any passion for instance. Often there are authors on the subject of love and romance who make the dangerous assumption that we should all become psychological experts in our relationships, yet my own personal experiences would advise no one to take that journey if you particularly enjoy rescuing others from themselves!.

  • canisvoda

    Fear and love ought to balance one another out, not one cancelling the other out. It’s the same with logic and intuition. Humanity likes to use one where the other ought to be. If one had no fear, how could one perceive threats from a dangerous source and know to stay away?

  • Awareness of how idiotic, mono-view LOVE influences our lives is also very important. It is, indeed, how the entire new age/new wage movement has been co-opted by the powers that be, dear Chris. It appears you have been as well.

    Really fantastic book written way back in the 1980’s by a man name Gavin de Bekker called: “THE GIFT OF FEAR.” Totally addresses the absolute and important information contained in our guts, which alerts us all to when things are totally WRONG for us. Excellent, excellent book, all. READ IT.

    LOVE is how all the new agers have been co-opted into the fascistic mindset of the uber-culture. Same foundation, just done with a different costume: a bindi on the forehead and a tattoo on the arm doesn’t make one enlightened at all. LOVE also means saying, “NO,” which is one the new agers do not know how to do. Just another permutation on the dominant culture.

    So, dear Chris, go on back to your overlords and stop spewing this ridiculous garbage of yours.

    • Dear Reader,

      What I was intending to dissect in this passage was the culturally ingrained fear that permeates our ways of being. I was not writing about the natural type of fear that keeps us out of situations that we should not be in or intuitively directs away from danger. Yes, this is a gift, and I am not saying replace this, but I am asking all of us, myself included, that we discover the ways that we live that we are forced to do out of fear…such as living within a society that profits off environmental degradation so we can pay our debts, or censoring ourselves because we may socially ostracize ourselves when we speak about “not so evident truths”. We are so consumed in a life we “must live” of which is fear based [i.e., you will go to hell if you do not…, you will lose your house if you do not…. you will become a social outcast if you do not…. etc.]…

      Again, I am not talking about the fear we have about starving to death, for example, because we do need to nourish ourselves, but I am talking about the fears we all live in, socially speaking, that keep us living in this illusion of freedom when really 99.99% of people are wage slaves within the industrial complex, a way of life that is destroying our world.

      There is biological fear and then there is socially created fear. I am talking about the latter here in this article. Sorry for not making this distinction, but I thought it was distinguisable in the article. You could also have more respect for people in the way you communicate.

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