02/11/2016 08:35 GMT | Updated 02/11/2017 05:12 GMT

Is Fear Real?

The feeling of fear. What is it? Can you describe it?

When I ask this of myself and others, the replies are the thoughts people have about fear and not a description of the "feeling" of fear.

That is not unexpected, after all it is the left brain's, rational/analytical job to put into words feelings that arise from somewhere in our bodies, the subconscious.

Instinct, intuition, imagination and everything else that's in the right brain doesn't generally speak to us.

The subconscious mind speaks and thinks in pictures, senses and sensations, urges, vibrations, waves, patterns, connections and possibly in other intangible ways.

So when we talk about fear we are actually talking about our thinking. We are talking about thought in the moment and what we are making up about our thinking.

That's what's making me think that fear doesn't really exist in any other dimension of our being. I believe it is possible that there is no such thing as fear outside of the subconscious mind. That fear is not real. The case has been made in the past that fear is necessary for self-preservation. But is it?

The fight or flight survival response is an occurrence that happens without thought. It really doesn't have the time to be otherwise.

Look at something you are 'scared of', a spider, a bear, a clown. Do you feel fear or are you thinking fear?

If you were to walk around the corner and come face to face with a huge grizzly bear, you would definitely feel something right away. But is that feeling fear?

If you listen to people who have encountered survival situations, whether they be stopping someone falling off a cliff, ripping the door off a burning car, disarming a man with a knife, they will say their sense in that moment was not fear. They were too busy with their actions.

Fear after the act, yes. But was it fear, or did they think it was fear?

We have all felt that thing that our mind has labelled fear. But is that what it really is?

I don't think so.






Think about the interview scenario: You are sitting waiting to go into the room, you think 'what if there are ten people on the panel', 'what if they ask me questions I can't answer', 'what if they are all wearing suits'.

What are you actually afraid of? You are not afraid of the panel, you are not afraid of the questions, you are not afraid of the suits. You are not afraid of the reality but the negative thoughts, of what you imagine might happen next. You have made it all up.

But if any of those things did really upset you that much, you would take flight and there really wouldn't be any thought involved at all. Your intuition and instinct rule your fight or flight response. Trust in your intuition and don't let believe everything you think.

Remember, just because you think it, it doesn't mean that it is true.