Fears are limits, and limits are beliefs. Beliefs that limit are self-imposed prisons. So, the more beliefs limit our freedom to think and perceive. Overcoming our fears is key to any type of growth.
The Fears We Don’t Face Become Our Limits
When you are unable or unwilling to see and accept something, we have a habit of turning it into something we fear. Being afraid makes it a boundary. This is fear by association. If we stay away from the boundary, we feel safe. This keeps us from facing the thing we fear.
People develop groups around their collective fears. These collective fears are belief systems. We call these religions. Fear keeps us inside the group. A big part of it is the fear of retaliation and loss of friendships. Sometimes, the group can also affect your ability to work or conduct business. But there are also spiritual fears. Fear of not being accepted by God or gods. A common fear is the loss of afterlife rewards. Or fear of eternal punishment. So, we see how the collective belief system of many popular religions use fear as a tactic to limit freethinking.
“Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God’s, infinite love.” ― Bill Hicks
These fears are beliefs that limit our basic freedom of thought. It’s a lot to overcome, but facing our fears is the only way to overcome them. And, more and more people are finding the courage to face their beliefs that limit and control their lives. More and more people understand that the fears we don’t face become our limits. The real enemies of progress are the people behind the fear. Fear is a tool of control. It is the main component of groupthink manipulation tactics.
“The fears we don’t face become our limits.” — Robin Sharma
Overcoming Our Fears
The first step is learning to “see” through what you “believe” should be “there.” The more boundaries you have the more difficult this will be. Those entrenched in any dogma will be blind to the facts. The process of unlearning these boundaries isn’t an easy one. It requires courage to “get past” the current paradigm.
Another way to look at is like taking off a band-aide a little at a time. Our hats go off to those courageous enough to confront their religious beliefs that limit our thinking. Keep telling yourself it is worth it. Investigate anything that confronts your beliefs, especially if it has a basis in science and empirical evidence.
Bottom line. If you are unwilling to question your beliefs, you will never know if you are following truth or lies. And so the fears we don’t face become our limits. Here are some resources that can help.
Overcoming our fears is hard inner work. Many people live in societies that are oppressive. They have very strict cultural limits and boundaries about thought and behavior. Breaking the limits of their dominant cultural narrative has harsh consequences.
If you live in a culture that opposes freethinking, be brave but prudent. Find partners who are breaking the chains of organized religion.
Do your own research. Find other like-minded people whom you can trust. Remember that the fears we don’t face become our limits. Limits are like self-imposed prisons.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia