Fears are limits, and these limits come from beliefs. Beliefs that limit are self-imposed prisons. The more you have, the more limitations you have on your freedom, your ability to think and perceive. Overcoming our fears is key to any growth.
The Fears We Don’t Face
When you are unable or unwilling to see and accept something, you have a habit of turning it into something you fear. Being afraid makes it a boundary, “fear by association.” If we stay away from ideas that threaten our boundaries, we feel safe. However, hiding keeps us from facing the thing we fear.
People develop groups around their collective fears. These collective fears become our belief systems. Many of these joint belief systems are what we call religion. Some religions use fear to gain members and keep members inside the group.
Religions use a variety of techniques to trigger these fears of control. They ostracise and persecute people who are not members. Sometimes, the group can also affect your ability to work or conduct business. But there are also spiritual fears.
Religion uses the 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 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 fundamental freedom of thought. It’s a lot to overcome, but facing our fears is the only way to overcome them. More and more people are finding the courage to face their beliefs that limit and control their lives. They 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 a significant component of self-hypnosis and group hypnosis 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 it becomes to see and remove them. Those entrenched in any dogma will be blind to the facts. Unlearning these boundaries isn’t easy. It requires courage and persistence to get past the limitations of your paradigm.
Your paradigm isn’t like a set of Lego. You can’t take it apart piece by piece. Your paradigm is more like a piñata. You’ll need to smash it to bits before there is any clarity. In the 1970s, people engaged in this kind of inner work.
They call this process “deprogramming.” This tactic wasn’t voluntary. The subject was often kidnapped and confined. During the confinement, they were and forced to confront their beliefs head-on. Overcoming our fears is hard inner work. Deprogramming does work, but most people don’t want to be tied to a chair or confined to a room to undergo this intensive inner work. Most people prefer to do this themselves. It does take longer, but it is preferred. When you confront your beliefs on your own, it requires courage and persistence.
Another way to look at it 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 follow the truth or lies. Here are some tools that can help.
The Fears We Don’t Face Become Our Limits
Overcoming our fears is hard inner work. Many people live in oppressive societies where the culture enforces their worldview. These cultures have stringent rules and regulations on behavior. Breaking the limits of the culture has harsh consequences.
If you live in a culture that opposes freethinking, be brave but prudent. You may need to live a double-life to think freely. You’ll need to learn how to show the outward appearances of obedience while opposing it. Find partners who are breaking the chains of organized religion.
“The essence of oppression is that one is defined from the outside by those who define themselves as superior by criteria of their own choice.” ― Andrea Dworkin
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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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia