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Face fear and be free

Fear is on the rise in America, or so it seems. That’s what the newspapers and TV say. Perhaps it’s on the rise everywhere. Fear has a way of generating more fear─just as love has a way of generating more love.

Personally, I’ve known a fair bit of fear in my life. My standard response, when fear came up in me, was to do my best to ignore it, or suppress it.

It never really worked, mind you. The more I tried, consciously or unconsciously, to repress my fear, the more firmly entrenched it became, and the more it continued to haunt me. Fear is good at that. It likes haunting people.

But here’s the good news I want to share with you as we pass the threshold into a New Year and contemplate with joy and perhaps a bit of foreboding the possibilities that 2016 may hold in store.

Fear is not the scary, unconquerable monster we may have thought it to be. Believe it or not, fear can be our ally, and teacher.

A couple of months or so ago, I was due for my annual CT scan. I’m a two-year cancer survivor, and Kaiser likes to keep a close eye on me to make sure that there is no recurrence of this feared illness.

As the date of my appointment drew closer, I wasn’t entirely surprised when feelings of anxiety began to arise in me.

What was the result going to be? Would everything check out okay? Or would something suspicious show up?

Then I had an idea. A life-saving idea. An idea that I believe is being beamed from Heaven to all of us in these days.

Instead of trying to ignore my fear, or suppress it, as I have done so often in the past─how about acknowledging it, and feeling it, and then simply letting the fear be?

If a thunderstorm erupts in my neighborhood─as it does at times here in Colorado─I know there is no need to get in a battle with the storm. It would be kind of futile anyway.

Just as a storm has a beginning, so too it has an end.

So instead of fighting the anxiety that rose up in me from time to time when I thought about my coming test, I simply let the fear be. I realized it’s not so different really to a Colorado thunderstorm.

Putting it another way, I let the fear simply pass through me, and as it did pass through me, a miracle occurred. I experienced the truth of my own essence, my own presence, more strongly than ever before in my life. It was a transforming moment, and it was wonderful.

I realized that fear comes and goes, but the truth of who I am, and who we all are, is ageless. It does not change. It was never born. It will never die. It is always present. It doesn’t come and go.

In a strange kind of way, what I had thought of as “fear” became an ally that helped me become more conscious of the inherent goodness and wonder of creation.

So here’s the message I would share with you as 2016 unfolds—face fear and be free.

I wish you a wonderful and blessed New Year. Any thoughts on the above will be most welcome. Also, may I remind you that my new book, The Upside of Cancer, is on sale now at Amazon. It offers a wonderful dose of courage and hope to anyone facing a difficult challenge in their life.

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Ruth French December 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Greetings Chris. Thank you again for sharing your thoughtful wisdom. A wonderfully uplifting and grounded approach to fear. I love your ‘mantra’ – “Face fear and be free.” (That can go up on the fridge!!) Inspiring to hear of your own radiantly vibrant outcome to being with your fearful feeling as you face your check up. Much love to you for ongoing vibrancy and courage – from Ruth in South Australia, where it is 2016 already!! Feels like a wonderful year.

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Christopher Foster January 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Ruth, what a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement, and thank you reaching out from that vast, beautiful country that is your home. It does feel like a wonderful year. A good year to make some really positive changes! With love, Chris

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Morris Donna December 31, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Thank you for sharing this. Many blessings to you in the New Year.

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Bette Fannon January 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

What a wonderful write up and process of being with fear with a beginning and an end like a storm. Super. Thanks and Happy 2016 moment by moment.
Bette

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Christopher Foster January 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm

It’s good to hear from you Bette. I hope all goes very well and I send blessings and love to you at the start of 2016. I don’t know if you’d remember, but a while ago, quite a while ago, you mentioned John Sherman’s name to me, and I want you to know John has been a great blessing to me. Take care.

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Lisa Diaz January 2, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Chris, Thank you for your beautiful perspective. I am grateful to be on your mailing list so I can be reminded of what is most important in life. This world is a better place with you in it. Blessings and happy new year to you and your family. 🙂

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Christopher Foster January 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Lisa, you are too kind, thank you so much for your very encouraging words. I’m grateful too that you are on my mailing list. Have a wonderful, happy New Year.

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Evan Griffith January 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Chris!

This is a message the nation needs to hear. I’m astounded by what a country of ninnies we’ve become, seemingly afraid of every shadow organization on the planet — and then some. Especially when in reality we’ve never been safer. There’s less violence in America today (as a percent of the population) than ever before. But you’d never know it.

That fear is being amped up in this political season is even sadder. We used to be called to greatness by our leaders. Now we’re called — by some — to fear those who are different.

Which is why your call to travel through fear is so freeing.

You are far more than a survivor — you’re a thriver! And you help us all find the natural-born thriving spirit within — thank you always and forever 🙂

Evan
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Christopher Foster January 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Evan, as always, it is a great joy to hear from you and share your victorious spirit. So grateful for our friendship. Your comments re the political scene and the fear that is being whipped up at the moment are right on. I’m thankful to be sharing this journey with you, here’s to the unconquerable spirit that is the true character of every person alive. I do hope your book is doing well, and send you lots of love and best wishes for a terrific 2016. Forward and upward, right?

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Carlos Sal Zurita January 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Dear friend:
Thank you very much for your powerful words.
They brought me the teaching of your attitude in life and the brightness of your heart in every moment.
I have learned that darkness is the absence of light and you showed it clearly through your comments. We may enter into the darkness of fear but if our light is shining, we could not be afraid.
Certainly, that is the way of starting a new year, walking on the path of trust, of self confidence.
Much love to you, dear friend and thanks again for sharing with us, your beautiful thoughts.

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Christopher Foster January 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

A special pleasure to hear from you Carlos. Seems like a long time indeed since we first made contact across quite a lot of miles. Your words about facing fear and keeping our light shining no matter what comes our way are beautiful. Thank you for writing and I wish you a very Happy New Year.

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Wayne Schoeneberg January 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm

What an interesting article. I have no idea how I happened on this site. As founder and CEO of the Live Beyond Fear project I could not agree more with what you have written here. Coincidentally I share another thing with you. I am a two-time cancer survivor. (prostate and colon) I have seen fear paralyze people and rob them of the full and productive live they really deserve. I wish you all the best. Please take a moment to visit my web sire, or maybe even read my blog. If I can be of help to you in dealing with fear or facing cancer I would love to talk with you. I am making it my mission to spread the word about the impact of fear on performance, productivity and personal satisfaction. If you are aware of any groups, businesses or associations that might be open to a conversation about me speaking to thew, would love to talk with them. Keep up the positive attitude.
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Christopher Foster February 1, 2016 at 11:42 am

Wayne, thank you so much for this really great comment. I admire your words and your spirit. I am so sorry I failed to respond earlier, I’m afraid it slipped past me somehow. I love your website and it’s good to see your picture. I particularly admire the way you are reaching out to groups and businesses with your message. I don’t have any particular suggestions at the moment but I will give this more thought. God bless and keep up the good work.

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Desmond Michael January 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Dear Chris,

Thanks for your article. I found that in a small part of my psyche there is a sub-personality subroutine which has the potential to operate, it only operates on fear, the more it operates the more it thinks that the information it has needs to be solved, however with the limited information at it’s disposal it invariably seeks to maintain it’s own awareness by seeking to continue operating and finding aspects of what is going on in the life that can feed it’s subroutine.

Ignoring it as you said does not work, I have found that it is capable of running as long as the data being input is from the past or the future, then it can extrapolate that information and continue operating.

However, this sub-routine personality has a number of boundary through which it cannot pass, one is staying perfectly in the present moment, in the present moment the facts are the facts there is nothing to work out so the sub-routine of fear program gets the least amount of processing power allocated and mastery of shutting down this process can be engendered. The second way is to identify with the whole and as such shift the sense of identity from the sub-routine to the central function of the whole mechanism and identify with the operator of the mechanism, in which case the sub-routine of fear cannot grasp the bandwidth of information and hibernates in the background. In theory it sounds easy, the reality is it is natural, as long as one does not make it more difficult than it needs to be, otherwise a sub-routine of doubt kicks in.

The function of the whole is Life, moment by moment life, care for it, care for the continuation of it, care for it in ones own body, mind and heart and care for it in people, creatures and the Earth. This function is our purpose, Individually and collectively everyone, all 7 Billion individualized parts of the whole need only return to the awareness of the whole, the awareness that could be expressed in a myriad of ways, it boils down to the individual cells becoming self-aware of the identity of the one i am, and thus being able to look at life from this perspective, state I Am That!

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Lauren X March 14, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Thank you for your wonderful blog. Your words of wisdom and encouragement are what I needed to read at this time and help provide guidance and comfort. Thank you again.

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AlFalah April 6, 2016 at 4:16 am

Thank you for the encouragement, very inspisring,

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Christopher Foster May 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

Thank you Ahmad. Love to you.

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