Note: I updated this post in 2019 for greater clarity and additional resources.
I often say that fear holds us in a headlock. This is always how it’s felt to me — really uncomfortable, even painful, and like I’m stuck and can’t move.
Uncertainty leads to fear
One of the biggest causes of fear is uncertainty. When we feel uncertain, we feel unsafe. As a result, we try to control our circumstances and experiences. But ironically, this desire to control only creates more fear.
Whenever we’re trying to control outcomes, it’s a sign that we’ve separated from our true source of power: our inner wisdom and intuition. But when we fully surrender to this inner power, we can come to know real freedom and peace.
True power comes from our spiritual connection
Are you open open to strengthening your connection to your inner power? Then you’re ready for this lesson! Watch the video below or keep reading to learn how to release the need to control and welcome peace. Break free of fear and get out of that headlock!
The presence of fear is a sign that you’re relying on your own strength
The metaphysical text A Course in Miracles says, “The presence of fear is a sure sign that you’re trusting your own strength.”
We’re all dealing with our own fears on a daily basis: We face discomfort, insecurity, uncertainty or a lack of control. That fear is a sure sign that we’re trusting in our own strength and not surrendering to and relying on the strength of a higher power.
Strengthen your spiritual connection to break free of fear
If you’re familiar with my work, you know I’m pretty unapologetic about talking about our spiritual connection.
When I say “spiritual connection” and “higher power,” you can interpret that in whatever way it resonates with you, whether that means your connection to the Universe, God, angels, your inner guidance system or an ancestor.
Your desire to connect is all you need
Your desire to strengthen your spiritual connection will greatly diminish your experience of fear. I can speak for myself: For most of my life I’ve been on the journey of strengthening my faith in my higher power and my connection to the divine.
I continue to strengthen my trust that there is a guide walking with me at all times. I know that I’m guided to the difficult circumstances so that something can be healed, and that I’m guided to positive circumstances so that something can be elevated.
In that faith and trust, fear is dissolved.
Transform your fear to faith
In my book The Universe Has Your Back, I guide you transform your fear to faith and release the blocks to what you long for most: happiness, security and clear direction.
You’ll learn how to let go of the need to control so you can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom.
Follow the practices in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know that the Universe always has your back!
Do what it takes to strengthen your spiritual connection
Therefore, it’s essential that you do whatever it takes to strengthen your spiritual connection. Maybe you make a commitment to meditate daily or to pray every morning, or to follow the practices in The Universe Has Your Back. Or maybe you commit to ask for divine guidance more often. Start to say out loud, “I need help. I need a miracle.”
When you begin to surrender to the Universe, you break free of fear. You release fear because you’re no longer trusting in your own strength. You’re trusting in a strength far greater than yours.