So many people spend a majority of their existence being consumed by worry. They spend their days continually under the pressure of fret caused by the ego, which makes nervousness, anxiety, and stress a way of life. Like anger and hatred, the root source of worry is fear. So what are we and, more importantly, the ego afraid of? The simple answer is death. But that is not the only question one should ask. Also, what forms of death does the ego fear the most? The most obvious is the loss of life, or one’s physical death. Second, there is the death, or end, of a relationship that may leave one all alone. Third, there is financial death, or ruin, leading to economic devastation that could plummet one into poverty.
Frequently, we worry about making the right decision. What is the correct option? Should I stay in a dissatisfying relationship that makes me unhappy? But I don’t want to be alone. Should I leave and give myself the opportunity to find happiness? But then, will I be lonely? Should I leave the job that is presently unfulfilling but gives me security? Should I take the new job? I will be happier, and it has better benefits. But what if that job doesn’t work out, and I get fired? For many, it is easier to remain in a state of unhappiness rather than reach outside of their comfort zone to face the unknown. For them, the problem lies in the fact that the state of unhappiness becomes the safe and familiar way of existence. Yes, they want to be happy. But their fear of the unknown is greater than their desire for happiness. Some can even get so tangled up in worry and fear that even the simplest decision can become overwhelming and troublesome. The needed self-confidence and courage is lacking because of a diminished or loss of unconditional love for one’s self.
Our old nemesis, the ego, is the one who carries and projects these fears upon us. Since the ego’s only desire is power and control, the idea that seeking the unknown could uplift one terrifies the ego. Seeking the unknown requires some level of a leap of faith. We know the ego is incapable of emotions, such as love and faith, as we are. That is why death, in all of its forms, scares the ego so greatly. When our body dies, we return to our true home, and the body ceases to exist. When there is a death or the end of a relationship, the ego doesn’t possess the unconditional love of self that we receive from our guides and God. While the ego is scared to be alone, we are never truly alone. The ego cannot imagine financial death or failure because it lacks the faith that is bestowed upon us from the Divine. It can’t recognize the universal truth: with faith and a connection to the Divine, we will never truly fall.
The Journey of Truth:
Chronicles of a Peaceful Warrior
by Tony R. Zonca