Now, just to set the record straight, I don’t know the meaning of the word “fear.”
However, I’m extremely well-acquainted with the words “terrified”, “frightened” and “brk brk brk brk brkkkkk” (sound that chickens make). 🙂
Such was the case this morning as I went in for a very simple procedure to remove a growth just above my eye.
Although I did once hear that the definition of a “simple procedure” is a procedure that is done…to someone else. 🙂
As I was lying down waiting for the doctor for what seemed a very long time, I suddenly became conscious of the fact that I really was scared. I was scared of what might happen, the pain that might be involved, a mistake the doctor might make, etc.
Yes, I became conscious of it – and consciousness is always a good thing – and because I was now conscious of it, one would think that the fear would then dissipate. But it didn’t.
None of that fear (and yes, it was indeed fear, first sentence of this article notwithstanding) was helpful. It did not solve anything. It did not make the procedure any more or any less dangerous, any more or any less painful. And, it did not hurt nor did it improve the doctor’s skill (he did a great job).
Interesting how we can logically know all this, and truly know that the fear, in a case such as this, serves no positive purpose, and remain scared anyway.
I suddenly remembered a story from the classic, Handbook to Higher Consciousness by Ken Keyes, Jr. He tells the story of a man who was hanging onto the edge of a cliff knowing he was about to fall to his death. Suddenly he saw a delicious-looking strawberry and grabbed it with his free hand. Although he knew that in just minutes he’d be on a deadly fall, he still managed to free his mind and, in total peace and enjoyment, eat the strawberry.
Higher Consciousness? I’m not there yet. Are you? I’d love to know your thoughts.