Similar thoughts affect people differently, which means it’s all a matter of perspective.
When I meet another experience in life, the relative memories that pop up and hit the spot for me, delivering pleasure or fear, might not do so for others who share less sensation during the same or equivalent type of encounter. The difference being that the interpretation of the present is based on vastly different past exposures. Thus, my previous experiences, and the knowledge I’ve understood and accumulated from them, all go towards the way I react to the new ones that face me.
Therefore, it is now for this exact reason that if I do not want fear continuing its undesirable grip as a dense range of neurons firing-off upstairs, then it’s a good idea I at least understand these packets in better detail. Packets, signals, cells, or whatever anyone wants to call these feelings that shoot across my nervous system over a bunch of images, are the things that in most cases exaggerate contact in everyday life.
Is the Threat Ahead Real?
Here’s a straightforward scenario that could happen to anyone:
I caused a commotion when I saw the snake, stirring him up. But my friend, casually but carefully, walked around him.
Fortunately for my mate, he was able to recognise that the snake was in fact not dangerous. Whereas I wasn’t sure (unclear image) and immediately held prejudice against all snakes, largely due to a lack of knowledge and previous experience. Plus, from all the ‘snakes = death’ programming I took in earlier.
In this scenario, I obviously would’ve preferred being the one carrying less fear. Not only did my friend recognise features from detailed knowledge deeming the little guy as harmless, but he’d also made previous contact with several snakes in a controlled environment. That is, he was slowly introduced by someone else who carried experience from another person who was a snake-handler, and so on.
Clearly seeing the actuality or MRI up close, I recognise the problem as none other than overprotective brain gunk freaking me out on dangers that don’t pose any real threat. As my cross-referencing couldn’t determine the fact of the matter as purely innocent, and that the snake was more scared of us (and vulnerable), I get envious while confronted with two clear options:
- I reinforce myself with detailed knowledge and experience by visiting the zoo or animal sanctuary to gain insight, unless my friend is confident enough to walk me thru.
- I carry this unnecessary weight for the rest of my life. I stay weighed down with a boat load of overly sheltered programming that predetermines a broad range of forms, objects and symbols in my library as real threats.
Yet the idea of snakes is just one of countless scary thoughts and possibilities! How do I tend to them all?
The Moral of the Story…
It’s in my best interest to take a practical approach towards fear when it presents itself. Otherwise, I’ll compound my condition and allow superficial images to rule since I cannot differentiate from the actual threat. Upon each interpretation, I’ll increasingly jump out of my skin in response to a conclusion that doesn’t match the real scene.
Therefore, if I don’t deal with fear soon, a more significant concern adds to the weight on my shoulders — it’s that simple!
So really, there’s only one clear choice ahead! And that is to face my fears.