FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.
When you see a snake, like the one on the photo, and realize that it is one of the most dangerous and biggest snakes on Earth (a Green Mamba that lives in Africa and grows up to 2 meters), you may immediately feel fear. An encounter with one might be a dangerous or deadly event. But in fact what is more immediate than the fear is the imagination of the possible consequences and pain. And it is this process that creates what we call fear. Snakes in their nature are not aggressive; they show aggression only when scared of attack or when hungry.
What might be shocking is that recent experiments have proven that our nervous system creates the impression we associate with pain before the real threat appears. In other words, we create the feeling first. A patient who took part in an experiment felt pain before the real threat to his skin actually happened.
Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” Our lives are battlefields. Achieving inner mastery might be a bridge to a fearless life.
Do you agree with this?