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Conquering Fear

Soul is the uniquely creative part of ourselves that when engaged, gives us a sense of fulfillment, peace and joy.  Soul gives us meaning and is our unique purpose in this life and the way we assist in creating a better, more loving, more joyful, more peaceful world.  Soul is who we were born to be and who we are compelled to become.  Birthing the Soul is as much of a spiritual as it is psychological journey and there is just one thing that stands in the way of living our Soul’s purpose….and that is fear.  Today’s blog explores that fear.


Getting a Glimpse of Soul

Soul is the uniquely creative part of us that we were born to become.  Soul is our original nature and the person God/dess made us to be.  Living from Soul, we find meaning and purpose in our life, it leads us to fulfilling work and healthy intimate connections.  Living from Soul, we offer our own unique gift for the betterment of humanity and our world.  Soul is not something that only shows up after we have done enough work, said enough prayers or beat enough bushes.  Soul is with us all along, calling to us, beckoning us, guiding us and sometimes kicking out butts.  We can recognize Soul in the moments in our life where we are on-fire with enthusiasm, excitement and joy.  Soul is found in the activities, books, movies, relationships, life encounters that make our hearts sing.  Soul is speaking through us when we hear words of wisdom, insight, comfort, support and guidance fly out of our lips and we wonder, “Where did THAT come from?”  Soul is in the moments of tender intimacy, heart breaking grief and bold righteousness.  Soul is in our passion, our grief, our joy and our activism.

Soul in Retrospect

Soul is also available in the 20/20 vision of hindsight.  When I look back on my own life, I can see Soul glimpsing at me behind Fr. Otto’s robes, in the rolling mists of Avalon, in Obi Wan Kenobi’s brown hooded robe, in Wonder Woman’s golden lasso of truth, in the gleaming blade of Excalibur, in the wiggle of Samantha Steven’s nose and in the haunting strains of Moire Brennan’s voice and the platformed heels of Stevie Nicks’ boots.  Soul guides us in glimpses and flashes of inspiration and in dreams of things yet to come.  Soul is always there in everything, calling us home to ourselves, to the person God/dess made us to be.

Being Human = Having Fear

If Soul is there all along, calling, cajoling, beckoning us on, the birthing of the Soul should be easy, right?  Yeah….I wish.  Birthing Soul would be easy if it weren’t for one thing…..FEAR.  In the moment that we agreed to participate in this human experiment, Fear decided to come along for a ride.  In fact, if it weren’t for fear, we wouldn’t be human…instead, we’d be sitting up on the clouds with the Cherubim and Seraphim, not being human, but singing songs of glory to our God.  But we aren’t here to be angels, neither are we here to be gods.  We are here to be human. In being human, fear has an important role to play.  I keeps us alive and allows us to survive.  Without a healthy dose of fear, we’d all be jumping off of bridges and leaping from cliffs to our death, eating poisonous plants and burning ourselves with fire.  Beyond the necessary fears for survival, however, fear is simply an obstacle that keeps us from living from Soul and from being the joyful, loving, creative, fulfilled, peaceful person God/dess made us to be.

Confronting Fear

One of the things I have learned about confronting fear is that if we can name the demon, it no longer has power over us.  99% of the work of moving beyond fear to Soul is actually naming the fear.  Today, I’m going to help you with that task.  In my book, Authentic Freedom – claiming a life of contentment and joy, I have identified the seven core spiritual fears that are THE obstacles to us living from Soul and being the person we were made to be.  Your assignment in the coming week is to look for the presence of these fears in your life, identify them and call them out.  While there is more to releasing fears than simply naming them…..naming is a good place to start.  So here are the fears that have been keeping you from the life of contentment, fulfillment and joy that you long for:

  • There is not enough (time, money, power, things, love, support, time, money)
  • I am not uniquely gifted (ie: I have nothing to offer, no gifts to speak of, nothing to contribute)
  • I can’t
  • I am not loved (or will be rejected)
  • I am not free to express my truth
  • I do not know my truth (or my path, or my gift, or my Soul)
  • I am alone

In the coming week, reflect on how these fears are present in your life and how they are an obstacle to you living your Soul!


I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!

One thought on “Conquering Fear

  1. Thank you lauri for speaking on fear and it’s destructive Illussions that parylize us al at times. Yes,and within our souls blossomming in Christ,by this
    Holy Spirit of Wholenes and Oneness of creation already
    has been completed in us from eternity,infinitely! The circle of light in the parenthasis of eternity,
    which I believe Jesus demostrated on the cross,saying ‘It is finished” isn’t just an end all spiritual journey! It’s a begining of a psychological
    journey of unraveling and pulling our mind trick playing fears out by the roots! But that takes a
    traumatical end and emptying of all our fairytale beliefs when all meaning fails you! And the real Truth prosses begins! You think for yourself! And realize the most important question you must
    face is what is fear!!! When this happened to me I began self teaching my self what was causing
    this monster to always win. Mind tricks were the the answer! From my youth I,like the curly
    haired girl faciing the know it all,have it all,Marsha Brady;or in my case it was believing the lie “if you can’t beat em join em,guys or girls,out of horrible fear of my great inadeqhesies! I was told I
    was the 4 eyed jirk at any thing ‘they”could do better,and became colder hearted than them,and
    just plain stupid! The winner that lost the game. So sadly! We are told were stupid,were fat,I was
    living in the twilight zone;etc,etc,etc… My self learning as a man was realising that I was still cotinueing there words to my self! When that rang a loud bell,I stopped,for good. Then I realized the false conversation that was drilled into my brain my whole life was subtly taking its place! well in my mind repeating so manys words over and over,like you could have done this
    and, you should have done that,and,if you would have done this,you
    wouldn’t be as stupid as you are now! Then I thought,Now! This has nothing to do with Now.
    Those people are living in the past who still repeat such words. They don’t know what Now is,
    just stupid ways to judge people like there doing to themselves,or rather to you instead! Now is
    I’m a better man,and your a better woman,by our Creators permision and gift to still be here! Wisdom is blossoming! Hind sight as what you and I call it Lauri,who know better. I don’ use those wasteful words any more. Self learning!
    But just those things we’ve learned,i’m sure you know,that we unknowingly,destructively did to ourselveses,year after year,and this is the greatest lesson we can realize and in reteaching ourselves,and heres the real
    clincher of them all. These habbits were all based on fears illussions of evils circle of endless distruction spiraling evermore out of control! Just stopping those thoughts,including self made
    induced irrational fear,from fear bred mind control religion,and not the Spirit of Wholeness which
    giveth Life abundantly of Love,not death dealing sorrow,well,I realized was just picking at weeds,
    not pulling them out by the roots! I began to see that as soon as I was afraid of thinking a bad thought that thouhght spiraled into a full blown illusion of that thought that wouldn’t let go. And it was too late for me sadly. And I thought that was me! What a lie from hell. That’s when i learned to devour weeds roots of fear. I learned that at the first sense of fear is where I win or lose my battle.
    At the first sent of it in my mind,I would catch it by the you know what, and calmly say to myself,
    oh that’s just that powerless lying fear again,and laughed at it till it became embarassed and ran back to the stinkin pit it came from,and I’d walk on with my day singing a happy toon. That toon is becoming more and more familiar and beautiful with every passing day because I am a better man! Facing your fears is the best advice one can lovingly share. Thank you Lauri,bless you!
    Jay P. Raeder

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