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The Positive Power of Fear

Jun 9, 2008
We're all familiar with our 5 senses and what they do even if we don't know exactly how they do it. In some way, they all help us navigate through our world. They help us survey the environment and quickly determine what is safe and what is not.

The Purpose of Our 5 Senses

For instance, the sense of touch helps us figure out if something is too hot or too cold. We can decide whether or not to put on a coat to keep us warm, or to look for shade or water to cool ourselves down.

If we see, hear or smell something disturbing, we know to be cautious and perhaps retreat from an ominous situation. Even our sense of taste can be a warning that something is not good for us. These senses are always at work and we take for granted the role they play in guiding our every step.

The 6th Sense is often associated with intuition or clairvoyance. It too can be used to guide us if we learn to pay attention to it.

On an even larger scale there is our 7th Sense, an internal guidance system that gives us access to the entire range of human emotions, well over 3,000 of them. And like our ability to feel things on the outside through our sense of touch, our 7th Sense gives us the ability to feel things on the inside through our emotions.

Fear is Our Friend

For instance, fear is something we've all experienced and most of us would label as a negative or uncomfortable emotion. In reality, it generally comes to protect or alert us to potential danger. It heightens our sensory awareness of everything that's around us so we can be poised to protect ourselves from anything threatening or harmful.

Fear also comes to warn. If we have apprehension about a future event, fear tells us to prepare, to get ready.

Fear comes to say "You're about to encounter something new and different. Do whatever you can to prepare yourself. Be as ready as you can be so you can deal with whatever happens."

Fear motivates and drives us. The fear of failure, of rejection, or a fear of loss will often drive us to do whatever it takes to overcome those negativities. We'll tap into or explore options or resources or approaches we haven't tried in the past.

The fear of rejection often drives us to go out of our way to add value to a relationship. It causes us to make that extra effort to succeed. Fear is there to drive us in the direction of whatever it is that we really want.

And finally, fear must come in order to develop courage. Courage cannot exist and cannot be experienced or expressed without the presence of fear. Fear is often brought into the equation in order to help us tap into, develop and embrace our courage.

Fear is just one example. Think of all our other emotions, both positive and negative. What about guilt, anger, excitement or joy. What role do they play in driving us toward our desires?

Both our external 5 senses and our internal 7th Sense calibrations are there to help us navigate through life and move in the direction of our highest good and our hearts true desire. Nothing we feel is meant to hurt, hinder or destroy us. More accurately those things we think of as harmful are there to protect, warn, drive or motivate us. We've just never had an owner's manual for proper use of the system until NOW.
About the Author
Debbie Battersby, speaker & success coach, has helped thousands of people transform their lives. She's an elite Master Trainer with world renowned peak performance expert Tony Robbins' leadership programs. Her unique program, "Using Your 7th Sense" gives you the power to grab more potential and ascend to new heights in your own life.

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