As seen in the first part of this post, fear is deep related with a sense of division and it’s moved trough the activation of associative thoughts (imagination), who are feed from personal past experiences or past experiences common to all mankind.
When we reach the capacity to remain detached from what happens in our emotional and mental field, we become able to analyze and foresee the possible risks who could arise from a situation. Otherwise, we are at the mercy of what we commonly call fear; indeed, this could be seen as a “disfunction” of the human machine- the intellectual center (mind) and the emotional center (emotions) drain “energy” from each other. This is not a rare situation, indeed, this is what usually happens, and it should be superfluous to say that this is neither positive or productive.
This is the situation that the most of human beings have to face everyday.
One of the most “ancient enemies” of every human being is surely the dark, such as the nature, when it expresses herself in it’s full potential. Such as thousands years ago, humans feared entering in a forest during the night, today a person feels similar (probably the same) reactions before walking trough a dark street because the mind tends to create an image of the possible “dangers” that she could face there. This image could be illusory, a myth, or real and concrete, but the result is always the same: men face the demons of their fears before facing the reality.
The dark is the symbolical representation of a space in which we are unable to see, and where all the possible dangers could be covered in. Such loss of light, represent also a loss of knowing. If I’m unable to see what is in front of me, I don’t know what I could expect and, consequently, how to act. If I don’t know, I’m unable to manage any phenomenon. In one hand, this is not a negative thing, because if knowing give to me safeness, this drives me to know, so to dive in the “unknown”. But, on the other hand, this produces also fear, because, I can fear only what I know- in the case of the dark street, the infinite and fantastic agglomerate of all the possible situation that my associative, automatic thoughts are able to produce. This is not a mere speculation, but a crucial point to understand and overcome fear in all his forms. What we commonly know is the result of what past revealed to us, it doesn’t matter if this is an our own experience or that we have hearted about an experience of someone else. “Knowing” is not projected in the future- it is always a result of the past.
Thus, when a thought is focused on a future event, it does it so trough a more or less complex projection, a prevision based on the elaboration of data’s we have acquired in the past.
So, quite opposite of what the most say, knowing alone is not enough to win the fear, because, if on one side it gives us the “tools” to face situations, on the other it allows the mind to create an image (or more images) of possible dangers. It’s a constant balance between prevision and worries of not being able to bear an unforeseen event.
Knowing can erase the fear only when related to specific situations, not to the life in general. For example, if I don’t know to drive a car, I have an obvious “fear” of driving, because I could make an incident. But once I learned to drive the car, so I acquired the necessary “knowing” to manage this vehicle, this fear disappear. But we can’t learn and experience in advance every aspect of life. There are also some aspects where learning never stops, such as when it’s related with the emotional field: feeling, happiness, anxiety…. or some unconscious anguishes whose roots are unknowable, and probably will be never known. So, to reassume in few words what we wish to express here- even if knowing and experiencing can help to feel more safe in some fields of our life ,they are not enough to overcome Fear in her totality, so in every field of our life. Mind generates safeness and, soon after doubts.
This means that fear can’t be faced only in details, but in more large and “philosophical” terms. Surely, the fear of some specific possible dangers exists, but the main problem is the crystallization in the human nature of fear as fear,namely as an instinctive manifestation of perceiving ourselves divided from the others and the world.
There are many modern methods who allow to overcome some specific fears (fear of flying, of swimming, etc…), and they are taught in some formations courses,psychological therapy, etc.. . but they are focused on the superficial aspects (the reactions) and not on the primary causes.
On the opposite, a genuine Inner research is focused on the roots often problem, to resolve fear in her totality. It’s a long path, but it’s also final, resolutive.