So far, Fear has been center stage in Acts I and II, and now it is time to take a brief intermission before we get to the closing act of the Fear Series. This intermission time can be very well spent working toward the idea of becoming cooperative partners with Fear.
The dream I had last year gave me a wonderful visual of how to sit down and amicably learn to better understand my fear. It occurred to me that perhaps a visual might be helpful for you as well, so I have decided to record a brief guided imagery exercise to help you to get started.
Before you listen, I would like for you to think of a time when you met up with someone for lunch or coffee after having made a connection with them at a previous time. You are meeting to catch up and to get to know your new friend better and to learn more about him or her.
The purpose of having tea or coffee with your fear is very much the same. If fear still has a scary or darkness surrounding it for you, it might help to visualize it as a young child or perhaps an elderly person, so that it takes on a persona that is less intimidating.
Remember, in order to work cooperatively with our fear, we have to find a way to let go of the adversarial, competitive view we have carried with us for so long. It is my hope that this exercise will help.
When you are ready, click on the link below to access the recording. Plan on taking about 10 minutes (the recording is 9 minutes) and see if you can visualize having tea with your new friend!
I am very excited about doing this and hope you will share your thoughts—positive and negative—about your experiences with the guided imagery exercise.
Relax and enjoy your tea time with your new friend, Fear.