Are You A Prisoner Of Fear?

The topic of fear has been one that I’ve visited often on the blog. Mostly because it’s the main source of many things that keep us separate from our truths. I still struggle with my own fears as I try to figure out my path and challenge old beliefs that no longer serve me. And man is it difficult to shatter learned paradigms!

Let’s be honest, we all know what it feels like to have hopes and dreams. But most of us know more about just wishing than we do the sweet taste of victory that accomplishing goals can bring. That’s because all too often we are so quick to talk ourselves right off the path of achieving them because we fear that we aren’t good enough, don’t have enough time or money, or resources, etc…

How then, do we ever expect things to change if we’re not willing to meet GOD halfway? After all, we are 100% responsible for our 50% part in co-creation with HIM. Dreams don’t just fall in one’s lap. You have to do more than just pray, you have to take bold and swift action.

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead”- James 2:20 KJV

When you’ve done all that you can do with the spirit of excellence, God will match your effort with miraculous results. Sounds like something that you already know intellectually, right? Me too! Lol But that’s where this notion of fearful imprisonment comes in.

Being a prisoner of fear means playing small and shying away from your highest expression of self. It’s that thing you do instead of going after your dreams, or letting your voice be heard on things that matter most to you. Being a prisoner of fear means procrastination, because it’s much scarier to begin a thing, than it is to avoid it. Being a prisoner of fear means running away from the very things that you’ve always yearned for because to run towards it would almost make it too good to be true. As if you don’t deserve it… !!! Being a prisoner of fear means staying stuck in a cycle that just won’t let things get better for you.

Why we put ourselves through such agony and misery at times is one of humanities most sought after mysteries. So much so that religions have been formed around the very idea of either reasoning fear, easing fear or creating more of it.

Being a prisoner of fear is not what God intended for us, yet its the source of overcoming for many people’s journey. Often seen as a great protector, fear only means imprisonment when we keep ourselves separate from the expansion of spirit, and the new-found awareness to do and be more in life.  The result is we avoid honoring our callings, talents, visions, desires all because it scares us far more to face the fear than to overcome it.

Are you a prisoner fear? If, so I’d like to know how you came to realize it and what you aspire to do to overcome it. Feel free to comment below or shoot me an email and your testimony can be featured on the blog!

Until next time,

❤ @BCSTARKS

Words of Wisdom: Forgiveness

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”

~ Robert Muller

“We are all doing the best we can with the understanding, knowledge, and awareness we have… We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive; but the very fact we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing practice.”

~Louise Hay

“Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over.”

~ Unknown

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. “

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Making Peace With What Is Lightens the Load

Often times, when we are faced with obstacles, the natural reaction is to stress about it; we worry ourselves sick, or we crumble under pressure and retract from life momentarily since its easier to escape or numb yourself from the pain.

My process, like anyone else who is striving to be their best self, has been a rollercoaster indeed. But even in the midst of my own concerns, I am learning to make peace with whatever I am facing, because it’s the only way that I can truly welcome a better outcome.

When you can learn to accept what is as nothing more than a temporary occurence (as is every fleeting moment of life on Earth), you enable yourself to then begin to tell a different story. You make room for new thoughts and ways of being because you no longer allow the old thoughts of “lack” to consume you. As you begin to shift your awareness, the Universe will respond accordingly.

One of the most accurate quotes I once heard states:

“What you resist, persists.”

This quote could not be more head on. When you give something your attention long enough to let it worry or stress you out, then you are subconsciously welcoming more of it (and things like it) into your experience because of your resistance to what is. But when you can come to peace with it; when you can accept it as a temporary discomfort, and then begin to speak and think thoughts of happiness, abundance, prosperity, and love, the Universe will grant you more of those things to be grateful for.

It has never been rocket science for one to live the life that one dreams of. It has always been in the power of thought and the focus of energy (emotions such as desire, belief, faith, and the opposite of each). Every religion that ever existed points us in this very direction of guarding one’s mind and monitoring one’s energy flow. IT is the most significant battle that we face as humans (the battle of the mind/spirit), but IT is one worth fighting.

May peace, love, and prosperity consume you…

Love,

@BCSTARKS

Words of wisdom

“When opportunity came, it appeared in a different form and from a different direction than Barnes had expected. That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.” -Napoleon Hill

The Optimist Creed by Christian D. Larson

I absolutely love this creed. Check it out:

Promise Yourself –
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and
press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and
give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that
you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.