Fear is contagious. You can catch it.

Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they’re scared for the fear to become real. Mo was terrified, and now Nick was too. ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

This is true fear is contagious. It’s something worth deeply contemplating.

We need not fear, however, because one can also free oneself by recognizing what has happened. Then the contagion comes to an end. Observation is a form of illumination. Fear is a shadow energy and it cannot survive illumination.

In other words Franklin D. Roosevelt was right. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

And on that note I’m going to link to the last article I wrote a couple of days ago because it’s all about fear and how I am healing both my body and my psyche with this understanding. It’s also now on Mad in America as well, so you can go over there and read it if you didn’t read it here when it was first published. You can leave comments there as well which is a nice change.

Healing is a Shocking Process: Protracted Psych Drug Withdrawal Syndrome (Iatrogenic Brain Injury)  — at Mad in America

I’m discovering that letting go of fear is the most important thing that I can do for my general well-being.

See also:

Melt into your own life  (the audio file includes the wise words “FEAR IS SAFE” — ha! consider that for a while)

and lastly a collection to work with:

Welcome the fear, the anxiety and thus transform it

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