"The energy of the mind is the very essence of life." - Aristotle
Have you ever wondered what is our true essence? Why is it even important to understand our essence? Because, only if you understand the essence of your existence, you will be able to live in the expression of your highest self. Now the next question is, which emotion lies at the core of our essence? There are only two primary emotions: Fear & Love. So, is the essence then fear or love? Love is the ultimate expression of your highest self. Fear is an adaptive emotion which resulted from our default coping mechanism to protect us from natural disasters & predators. Had there not been fear, we would have probably not survived. But, fear is a negative emotion. It cannot take us to the heights of our truest manifestation. It holds us back because it wants us to be in certainty, be protected, unharmed, unchallenged and unleashed. Love transcends everything. It propels you to move forward, grow & embrace all the positive emotions such as enthusiasm, empathy, curiosity, calmness, serenity, happiness, joy, passion, gratitude, kindness etc.
As you embrace love over fear, you drop every negative emotion such as depression, blame, regret, resentment, shame, insecurity, panic, jealousy, pain etc. Fear shadows us, love enables us to shine. Fear shuts us down, love helps us to open up to ourselves & to the world. When we fear, we pull back from life. But, when we are guided by the positive emotion i.e. love, we open up to all that life has to offer. This profound embracement can come only when we shift ourselves from different phases of evolution. When we love ourselves, we then move to the phase of gratitude, then to creating space for others to experience us, then to creating the space for others to love themselves & then to the mastery level of creating the space for others to move this path.
Dr. Richard Bandler, the co-developer of NLP says," You are born with only two fears:fear of falling & fear of loud noise. All the rest is learned. And it's a lot of work." We are all born with love as the essence, but over the period of our evolution & progress in life, we somehow chose fear as the most powerful guiding force. This shuts our creativity, ability to make the right decision & live life to the fullest. Here's a table that shows the different emotions that are an extension of the two forces: Fear & Love.
The choice lies with you. You want to live in fear or in love?! Both are emotions and you will feel these. But, the choice to choose one over the other lies in your hand. It is natural to be fearful, but the path of mastery lies in choosing to acknowledge the fear, be grateful for its existence because that reminds us of the choice to move towards the other side of fear i.e. love & live an exponential life.
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