Fear is everywhere, it seems to be in the air, in everybody’s eyes and it feels like whatever one is fearing is just around the corner. There is fear mongering on social media and in the news and there are those who do not want to bow down to fear. Most of us were brought up on the Star Wars films where we would be reminded by the good jedi’s that fear leads to the dark side.
There is not enough talk about this in everyday parlance. People like to tittle tattle about their fears but they are usually monetary fears, fears about their loved ones, fears about their jobs, nobody seems to be secure in anything. Security seems to hold fear back. Being secure stops us worrying, the only fear that comes with having security is the fear of losing it all. What is the sense in worrying about anything? Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair, one rocks all day but goes nowhere.
Yet these are worrying and fearful times, understandably. A virus is on the loose and it is sweeping across all continents and the only way governments are able to tackle it is by making everybody self-isolate. Has this caused more fear? I wonder-is fear attractive to a virus? Fear is an emotion that rises up when one is in danger, so we need fear to help us to decide whether to fight or take flight in fearful situations.
This is difficult to do when we are being told to stay indoors. Most believe that we cannot fight it with anything nor can we run from it. Yet I think we can fight it with something, we can fight it with the opposite of fear, which is courage and if we add love, we realign our minds and body to a more positive way of thinking and being.
What I have written sounds like hippy hogwash but in most situations this has worked, turning the fear and worry into love and positivity has created better results in the outcome. The only time sending love has not worked was that time I bumped into a tyrannosaurus rex that wanted to eat me, that T-Rex was not feeling the love. Only kidding, hopefully that made you smirk. Which is another winner against fear-smiling and laughter and just being happy.
This was written by Rudolf Steiner at the start of the first World War.
“As we know, people today are haunted by a fear we can compare with the medieval fear of ghosts. It is the fear of germs. Objectively, both states of fear are the same. Both fit their respective age: People of the Middle Ages held a certain belief in the spiritual world; therefore quite naturally they had a fear of spiritual beings. The modern age has lost this belief in the spiritual world; it believes in material things. It therefore has a fear of material beings, be they ever so small. Objectively speaking, the greatest difference we might find between the two periods is that ghosts are at any rate sizable and respectable. The tiny germs, on the other hand, are nothing much to write home about as far as frightening people is concerned. Now of course I do not mean to imply by this that we should encourage germs, and that it is good to have as many as possible. That is certainly not the implication. Still, germs certainly exist and ghosts existed also, especially as far as those people who held a real belief in the spiritual world are concerned. Thus, they do not even differ in terms of reality.
However, the important point we want to make today is that germs can become dangerous only if they are allowed to flourish. Germs should not be allowed to flourish. Even materialists will agree with this statement, but they will no longer agree with us if we proceed further and, from the standpoint of proper spiritual science, speak about the most favourable conditions for germs. Germs flourish most intensively when we take nothing but materialistic thoughts into sleep with us. There is no better way to encourage them to flourish than to enter sleep with only materialistic ideas, and then to work from the spiritual world with the ego and the astral body on those organs that are not part of the blood and the nervous system. The only other method that is just as good is to live in the centre of an epidemic or endemic illness and to think of nothing but the sickness all around, filled only with a fear of getting sick. That would be equally effective. If fear of the illness is the only thing created in such a place and one goes to sleep at night with that thought, it produces afterimages, Imaginations impregnated with fear. That is a good method of cultivating and nurturing germs. If this fear can be reduced even a little by, for example, active love and, while tending the sick, forgetting for a time that one might also be infected, the conditions are less favourable for the germs.”
From GA 154 AWAKENING SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS Basel, May 5, 1914