|Posted on 7 February, 2016 at 16:55|
When it comes to anxiety and its associated physical symptoms, I often hear from people that they wish to fight them, to get rid of them, and so on. However, I am sure that fighting because of fear is never good for people; things are almost always made worse that way. But fighting the fear of fear does work. This means having the courage to approach fears and not run away from them. When you do this, transformation begins.
What does it mean to approach a fear or an anxiety? It means in a way to let yourself be vulnerable, to approach that dragon or demon, that uncomfortable sensation or feeling, or whatever it is, and be there, live with it, let it teach you. If you do this, then things change marvellously.
There are many fairy tales that describe transformation of something ugly and seemingly menacing into something very beautiful and of great worth. They seem to me to be describing, in a metaphorical way, great truths in our own lives, and how transformation can occur for us.
For example, in 'Beauty and the Beast,' Beauty turns towards her fear, goes to the Beast's castle, lives with him, learns about about him, and eventually marries him. Throughout all this there is a gradual but sure transformation, up to the amazing acme of the story where the Beast is transformed into the Prince.
Did you read, or have read to you, fairy tales as a child? If you did, I recommend re-reading them with new eyes, and be inspired by the rich symbolic meanings in them. And if you never read them, immerse yourself in them and discover a new world. Many old fairy tales have immensely deep teaching in them and an astonishing understanding of human psychology. Remember, the hero or heroine is you, and the dragons, wild beasts, evil opponents, are part of you. And the story of transformation is describing your possibilities. So take up the staff of courage, and set out on the path of self-discovery and self-creation now!