I’m having a hard time defining fear. But for me at least, fear seems to be the conscious recognition that I am in danger. (whether emotional, physical) It’s also the following alert that arises from acknowledging that there is a risk in the present moment or the future. It tends to also be the acknowledgement that the coming event is capable of defeating me physically, emotionally or otherwise. It’s a comparison between my limitations as I see them, and the limitations of life as I interpret them. This is a difficult question.
I don’t see it as a difficult question, C.E. since you’ve done a very decent job of defining it. :)
I did some trawling and found this interesting little talk.
I know I’ve posted about the guidance a healthy sense of ‘fear’ can serve when dealing with life and staying safe.
But, not sure that I’ve ever brought up
driving over mountain passes with a gal that was ‘phobic’ of precipices and such…
The drive was shear terror for her.
Yet, she willingly subjects herself to that inner terror, repeatedly.
Put a whole new dimension on the matter of fear and phobias and what inner strength was all about.