This is a continuation of the “Take Courage to Perform Wise Actions Against Fear” series. The first post in the series can be found here.
Continuing on with my advice…
So what happens after one has struck up the courage to face their fears?
Having the courage to live is one thing, but having the self-knowledge to become aware and deal with any negative emotions before they take root is another matter altogether. Believe me, it will take great strength of mind and spirit to enter into this war, and there can be no overnight success.
However, you can take great confidence in knowing that it isn’t impossible to develop the self-knowledge and power within yourself to break down the psychological barriers in time (we don’t have that much time to be honest). After all, you must begin the campaign by empowering yourself psychologically and spiritually towards becoming a god of yourself – you are both master and creator of your kingdom, in mind as well as in spirit.
“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”
What wise actions can be performed to deal with my fears?
Be aware, that the fears I am talking about here are the irrational ones created by your own mind, and not the natural instinctual fear which we all have as a self-defense mechanism.
Now, if you are expecting an easy guidebook to “100 wise steps to getting rid of your fear” in this post, you are sadly mistaken. You may or may not be surprised to hear me say that the greatest tool of wisdom that can help you in your life is yourself. As Socrates once said,
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
So, Socrates is not the only one that could attain wisdom, although he like others of his ilk can be used as an shining example for us to learn from, and once again he said,
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”
How do I go about attaining self-knowledge so that I can deal with my fears and other negative things that can affect my mind?
Learn about yourself by following this daily routine:
- be open minded and non-judgmental
- become both observant and objective of yourself and others
- learn about yourself daily by becoming aware of your behavior and to understand why you react in certain ways to different situations
- Find time to be on your own so you can reflect and question yourself on life and any present obstacle in your mind
- be independent of mind when making decisions and do not be influenced by people or opinion which may turn out to be false or go against your nature
- develop the use of reason and rationality when dealing with problems within yourself and with others
- learn to understand that “you are truth”, where most things outside of yourself are illusory and superficial, and should not affect your true purpose in life
- learn to understand that “you are god” and have the power to overcome and achieve anything in life – nothing outside of yourself should enslave your mind
The routine above should put you on the road towards becoming wiser, although according to Socrates one can never be too wise because one is also ignorant and must continue throughout life to learn about oneself.
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”