Overcoming the fatal product of your imagination
When I was 10-years-old, I accidentally fell into a swimming pool. I had never learnt to swim. I flailed my arms, but it did no good. I felt myself drowning. I still remember the terror as the dark water surrounded me. I gasped for air and my mouth was filled with water. At the last moment, a life guard noticed my plight. He jumped in and pulled me out. This experience sank into my subconscious mind. The result was that for years I feared the water.
Then one day I mentioned this irrational fear of mine to a wise, elderly psychologist.
“Go down to the swimming pool,” he told me. “Look at the water. It is simply a chemical compound, made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. It has no will, no awareness, but you have both.”
I nodded, wondering where this was leading.
“Once you understand that the water is essentially passive,” he continued, “say out loud in a strong voice, ‘I am going to master you. By the power of mind, I will dominate you.’ Then go into the water. Take swimming lessons. Use your inner powers to overcome the water.”
I did as I was told. Once I assumed a new attitude of mind, the omnipotent power of the subconscious responded, giving me strength, faith and confidence. It enabled me to overcome my fear, and I mastered the water. Today I swim every weekend for both health and pleasure.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the greatest nineteenth-century philosopher and poet, said,
“Do the things you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain.”
If you say to yourself with perfect confidence and faith “I am going to master this fear”, you will!
Fear is person’s greatest enemy. It is behind failure, sickness, and bad human relation. Millions of people are afraid of the past, the future, old age, insanity and death. Fear is of only two types – normal and abnormal. You were born with only two fears: The fear of falling and the fear of sudden loud noises. These are normal fears and are good as they serve as a sort of alarm system given to you by nature as a means of self-preservation.
All your other fears were acquired. Abnormal fears are very bad and destructive. Get rid of them. They are caused by particular experiences, passed down to you by your parents, relatives, teachers and others who influenced your early years or are negative thoughts in your mind caused by love.
Love is an emotional attachment to all the good things of life. This means that you are afraid of your own thoughts mostly because you are unwilling to let go of things dear to you. For example, a small child can be paralysed with fear when a playmate says there is a monster under the bed who will grab him in the night. But when the parents turn on the light and shows there is no monster, he is freed of fear. The fear in the mind of the child was every bit as real as if there were really a monster there. He was healed of a false thought in his mind. The things he feared did not exist. In the same way most of the things you fear do not really exit except as thoughts in your mind. To constantly indulge in fearful thoughts result in abnormal fear, obsession and complexes to fear something – that constantly cause a sense of panic and terror.
The great law of substitution is the answer to fear. If you find yourself beset with an abnormal fear strive to move mentally to the opposite. If you remain at the extreme of fear, you will suffer stagnation plus mental and physical deterioration. Whatever you fear has its solution in the form of your desire. For examples, if you are sick – you desire health, if you are in prison of fear – you desire freedom, if you are afraid of failure – give attention to success, if you are afraid of accidents – dwell on the guidance and protection of Allah.
Allah is life and that is your life now. Place your attention on the thing immediately desired. Get absorbed and engrossed in your desire. Know that the subjective always overturns the objective. This attitude will give you confidence and lift your spirits. The infinite power of your subconscious mind is moving on your behalf. It cannot fail therefore, peace and assurance are yours. Expect the good. Mentally concentrate on the good, and know that your subconscious mind answers you always. It never fails.
Supplant yourself with a constructive thoughts – think good. When you affirm positively that you are going to master your fears, and you come to the definite decision in your conscious mind, you release the power of the subconscious, which flows in response to the nature of your thoughts. For example, fall in love with honesty, integrity, justice, good will and success. Live in the joyous expectancy of the best, and invariably the best will come to you. Confidence is greater than fear. Nothing is more powerful than faith in Allah and the good.
If you are afraid of close spaces, such as elevators, mentally ride in an elevator while sincerely blessing all its part and functions. You will be amazed how quickly the fear will be dissipated.
Look at your fears. Hold them up to the light of reason. Learn to laugh at your fears. That is the best medicine. Nothing can disturb you but your own thoughts. The suggestions, statements and threats of other person have no power. The power is within you when your thoughts are focused on the good and then Allah’s power is with your thoughts of good. Learn the wonders of your subconscious. Understand how it works and functions. Master the techniques given to you. Put them into practice now, today! Your subconscious will respond, and you will be free of all fears.
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