Courage! Is It Your Friend?

By | December 15, 2010


Courage is the ability to take action in spite of fear.

The origin of the  word courage comes from the Latin cor meaning ‘heart.’ It is a quality, a core strength that when faced by fear you are given you the determination to take action.

As you increasingly learn to act in spite of fear, the more human you become. The more you follow and act out of  fear, the more you live like a lower mammal. The question, “Are you a man or a mouse?” is consistent with human neurology.

Recently in in our Good Medicine notes we asked the question; do you live in a world where trusting another human is difficult? … and today I am asking you….do you trust yourself?

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  Ambrose Redmoon

Courageous people still feel fear, but they don’t let the fear paralyse them. The key is understanding that people who lack courage, give into fear more often than not, which actually has a long-term energy of strengthening the fear.

When you avoid facing a fear and then feel relief that you escaped from it, this is acting like a psychological reward that reinforces your mouse-like ‘avoidance behaviour’, and has the effect of making you even more likely to avoid facing the fear in the future. This behaviour conditions the self to become more timid and also you begin to criticize people who have a healthy self image.

These emotions of jealously, foolish pleasure …  reinforce avoidance behaviour.

Eventually people cocoon themselves into a life that insulates them.

Insulated in a stable but unhappy marriage, insulated in a job or income that keeps them comfortable but they hate.  Their self talk is centred around their own words of justification,  “I’m not trained for anything else, too old to change career, he/she is a good person and even though I’m unfulfilled in the relationship I can’t complain” … But you do!

There’s something else going on behind the scenes, isn’t there?

That voice in the back of your mind recalls that this isn’t the kind of life you wanted to live.

It wants more, much more.

That voice is asking you to have the courage to experience a meaningful relationship, to have companionship with truth and love, to learn new skills, to travel the to interesting places, to have friends you can trust, to assist people in need, and to make a meaningful difference.

The underpinning and foundation for self mastery in to learn how to heal your fear! Surrender to love. Love is the essence of life and living, the antithesis of love is fear. Have courage my friend.

‘Don’t be afraid to go where you’ve never gone; And do what you’ve never done, because both are necessary to have what you’ve never had, and be who you’ve never been.’ … Sylvia Marina

The self mastery programs are designed to give you back the control of your life rather than your long held beliefs anchoring you to references that are no longer appropriate for now or into your future.

Sylvia Marina, Personal Development Mentor
Sylvia Marina ND

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Courage the key to self mastery.