When your brain becomes overwhelmed by anxious thoughts, your ability to reason and use your creative intelligence shuts down. Fear is like a cold fog that spreads throughout your entire thinking, taking away your light and resources as it goes.
Thinking of fear in this way reminds me of the dementors in the Harry Potter stories. Harry had to learn to deal with them by strongly nurturing a positive thought that could then turn into the charm that repels them. He couldn’t ignore them or busy himself with other things - he had to face up and fight back in a very specific and focused way.
I think we can learn a great deal from this. Facing our fears requires courage and it requires specific action if we are to regain control of our mind and begin to feel calm and useful again.
The first step in tackling fear is to contain it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to whittle it down to size by using questions that allow you to get specific and discover exactly what it is you are feeling fearful about. This definitely takes some courage but it soon pays off as you find the fog of fear quickly becomes patchy and less dense as soon as you begin.
You could start by asking yourself. Why do I feel like this? Or Where exactly is this fear coming from? Or What exactly am I afraid of? Your challenge here is to find the one thing that is causing your fear right now. Once you’ve done that you have gained two advantages:
1. You free up some mental space.
By questioning and containing your fear you can begin to distinguish between that specific fear and the other areas of your life which are basically OK. That’s why EFT uses the set-up statement “Even though I’m terrified of X, I accept myself” the statement is saying “look I’m really scared of this, but that’s just one part of me, and I’m not going to throw the baby out with the bath water over it”
2. You know what it is you are dealing with and you can begin to take action to resolve it.
And thats’ the second part of the EFT process: you’ve named your fear, you’ve questioned it into revealing it’s exact nature and now your ready to start breaking it down into a less formidable form.
In my experience, EFT works like Harry’s patronus charm for fighting our inner dementors. Whether our fear is of something tangible like spiders, or something to do with personal growth like fear of success/failure, speaking etc EFT is a powerful tool for clearing mental fog, conjuring up your own resources, and getting back on track as your calm, confident and creative self.
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