Psychologist Carl Jung said : "Where your fear is, there is your task."
I am not sure what Jung meant by this. Nonetheless, it has impacted me as I have battled fear lately.
- First, it has caused me to get very specific about the details of my fear. Though it is a strange way to hone in on something like fear, I have asked myself "Where is your fear, Alice?"
Being forced to look clearly and seek intensely for the source of my anxiety, the exact location of my worry, has proven fruitful.
You can't fight what you haven't named.
- Instead of seeing fear as an enemy, as something to be run from or suppressed, I have taken Jung at face value and have started to view my fear as my task.
I ask the fear -
"What are you here to teach me?"
"What do I need to learn from you?"
"What do I need to let go of in order for you to dissipate?"
"What misguided ways of thinking are causing you to grow out of proportion to reality?"
There are deep lessons to be learned when we are afraid. I don't want to miss them.
- When I approach fear as something I can learn from rather than something I should run from my whole mindset changes.
I no longer feel in the grip of fear.
Instead, I feel empowered by my own curiosity. Fear is not something to be afraid of (see what I did there?) but something I can learn from, grow through and eventually leave by the wayside once it has served its purpose.
Once I have done the work.
What I have been discovering is that there is something underneath fear that needs attention.
When I see that deeper issue as my task, as a thought or a belief or a circumstance that is asking for my focus, the true work begins.
This has actually turned into a rich time of exploration of some issues that were badly in need of some scrutiny.
I leave you with some questions:
Where is your fear located?
What is underneath it?
What might it have to teach you?
"Where your fear is, there is your task."
Get to work, friends …