There was a moment of realization recently when I saw clearly how in every moment of every day we place trust in the hands of others, many of whom we do not even know. Every time we step onto a bus, train or plane or take a ride in a taxi, we are doing so in faith that they will get us to our destination safely. Every time we drive a car we trust that all those driving on the road with us are safe drivers. We place trust in schoolteachers and childcare workers to care for our children often without knowing anything of their background. We place trust in doctors and healthcare workers, many of us never even questioning treatments or procedures.
Every moment of our lives requires some level of trust and faith. Of course, I know this – we all do, but I have never really questioned this trust or taken the time to think about how much trust it actually takes just to do the everyday. Our lives are immeasurably built on trust. But what happens when fear and doubt start taking over?
Fear is becoming rampant on the planet. The media plays on it and every day we are showered in stories of death, destruction, betrayal, corruption, lies, disaster and cruelty. Bad news is plastered over the front pages of newspapers, it comes at you as soon as you switch the car radio on, and the nightly news replays global disasters over and over again. Social media sites have news feeds filled with negativity that we are exposed to on an almost continual basis. It is overwhelming.
The fear that this creates in society can be crippling, especially for children. The mind, innately a survival machine becomes inclined towards fearful thinking because fear is what it is being fed. As a result, fear becomes bigger and more powerful than what it really is and often what is feared is not even real or true. When fear gets its grip it permeates into all areas of life. Fear can shut the doors of opportunity, keep individuals static, it can make people blame the world, it can lead to suffering, limit a person’s worldview and breed poverty. Is it any wonder why the media and the powers that be breed an over-culture of fear?
As I age I have noticed seeds of fear and doubt starting to sprout over things I had once never even given a second thought too. Death, disease and tragedy, things I only saw happening to others became a reality in my close circles and the fragility and unpredictability of life was right in front of my eyes. In this vulnerable state I found myself succumbing to this over-culture of fear. Maybe I have cancer too? What if there is a terrorist attack when I am due to travel? What if there is an earthquake and I can’t make it to the school to pick up the kids? What if that truck swerves off the road and hits my car? Yes, these fears seem unreasonable, for it is highly probable that these incidences will never happen, but they are there all the same.
I spoke to close friends and asked if they also feared such things. Yes, was the resounding response.
I’m sure you have them too.
It is comforting to know that we are not alone, but also frightening to know that so many of us live with varying degrees of unreasonable fear. How can we move out of fear into trust?
Well I’m sorry to say that I do not have any overnight solutions. From my experiences however, I can say that learning to dance the dance between trust and faith and fear and doubt is an integral part of life. Sometimes we dance gracefully, sometimes with two left feet, but the more practice we have, the better we get.
Fear and trust can also perhaps be seen as choices. I can choose to let fear take over or I can choose to remain in a place of trust. I recognize and am aware that the fears are there, I cannot run away from them and switching myself off from the world is not going to rid them either. Rather, I choose to let that voice of fear know that it’s not welcome. With trust on my side I believe that not matter what is happening in my life, or the world, everything will be okay. Trust enables me to go outside of my comfort zone and allows me to grow. Trust is empowering and catalyses transformation and healing. Trust takes courage.
In the circles of women I gather in, fear and trust are common themes. Women have not only been led to mistrust the external, but also our innate, instinctual, intuitive essence. Trust in our bodies, trust in our inner voice, trust in our wisdom, trust in the divine, trust in following our heart, trust in what our soul wants and trust in what it is to ultimately be woman. But, we are learning to find it again. Acknowledging our fears in supportive spaces with other women and realizing we are not alone is one of the biggest steps one can take to overcome fear.
Recently, at Goddesses studio the women gathered in circle to paint Cerridwen, keeper of the cauldron, Celtic goddess of transformation, inspiration, wisdom and rebirth. The theme of the gathering was ‘release’. We stood around the medicine wheel with a fire burning and released into the flames what no longer served us. I released my fears and as I brought Cerridwen into being, I gave her my fears to put into her bubbling brew of magic so that they could be transformed into trust. I asked Cerridwen to guide me in letting go of what not only no longer served me, but what no longer served the highest good.
She reminds me that there never really is anything to fear.
Why not take a sip of her powerful brew?
Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a Mother of four, passionate organic gardener, Intuitive/Visionary Artist, Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach and a student of Ancient History and Religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Creatress of Goddesses Garden, Studio & Gallery; a school for the Sacred Creative Arts. Jassy teaches regular painting workshops in person, nationally, internationally, and online based around themes that explore myth, history, earth connection and the Goddess. Regular creative events and presentations are also held that have included visits from international scholars, artists and musicians. Jassy’s next painting adventure is in Greece where she will guide an intimate group of women in bringing their Mediterannean Muse to life. You can see more of her work here: http://www.goddessesgardenandstudio.com