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The ghost of fear

Fear is a disease. As children we are untouched by fear. But as we grow so does our latent fear.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2010 23:41 IST
Vanita Srivastava
Vanita Srivastava
Hindustan Times

Fear is a disease. As children we are untouched by fear. But as we grow so does our latent fear.

Most of us have tasted some or the other kind of fear in life. The fears could be illogical-sometimes hazy also. But gradually it starts enveloping us both mentally and physically and this is when trouble knocks our system. We gradually start getting ruled by our fears.

Fears have different complexions-fear of results, fear of a disease, fear of flight, fear of being ridiculed and the most common— fear of death. However with a small attempt from our inner self, we can trounce our fear— the only ingredient required is a will to defeat it.

The best medicine for treating a fear is your will power. Trail your fear like you follow your goals and ambitions. Watch how your mental landscape changes as the fear strikes you, how your cool garb swaps with an anxious attire, how you gradually succumb to it and in the end how your fear clamps its ‘victory sign’ on you.

But before it wins the battle, you must introspect on the futility of the fear. In the process you will start interacting with your fear, you will be able to dig out the cause of its birth. A stage will eventually come when you will become conscious of your fear, you will start communicating with your fear through your sub conscious mind. Once the communication starts, half your battle with your fear is won.

A cancer patient, who is no more, was given the doctor’s verdict that she would live for just three more months. Can anything be more fearful than this? This lady let her fear rule her, she watched it dance within her till finally she decided to take control. She lived on for twelve years before dying in an accident. There are many such tales of internal courage.

No fear is immortal or insoluble. Annihilation of fear can be done only by you-counsellors and friends can only help. Living on a day to day basis, engaging in humanitarian works and most important, surrendering yourself to some higher power are the best prescriptions for clamping a ‘victory sign’ on your fear. Do it before it becomes the other way round.

First Published: Jun 17, 2010 23:40 IST