Spirit Leaves: Fear Factored Out


Where there is light, darkness cannot exist; likewise, where there is love, fear will not exist. These are only words, though. Each of us as human beings will experience episodes of feeling fearful, whether it’s encountering the unknown or having past traumas triggered by present issues. Regardless of external conditions, all fear emanates from within. That is the wisdom and truth in the adage, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

Older souls know this. They have reached the point of having almost completely transmuted all fears into love. Younger souls, on the other hand, are fearful most of the time. Cedric Red Feather has reviewed the ages of the soul with me many times so that, now, I am able to recognize a person’s soul age by certain signs and behaviors.

“Baby souls and younger souls,” he explains, “are always fearful. Everything is still strange and new and unknown to them. They haven’t had that many lives on Earth as humans; they just don’t have the memory tapes as a reference when dealing with various situations. An older soul, like me, well…I’ve been around. I’ve seen things.”

What Cedric means is that, through successive incarnations, we’re exposed to different life encounters. We gain experience through facing an abundance of challenges so that, in future lives, we have an Akashic remembrance to which we can refer. We can feel greater confidence as a multitude of circumstances arise and play out. Obviously, more is involved here than simply living lifetime after lifetime. Through conscious effort in life, one attains realizations and begins to grow spiritually. That is how all fear is eventually transmuted to love.

I used to be afraid of many things — spiders, very cold weather, adolescent boys in a group who laugh too loud and long, very deep water, and things that go bump in the night. The inciting events are not important; they merely serve as projective canvases onto which feelings of dread and helplessness imprint, creating overlays with past negative encounters. After the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, my spiritual learning curve engaged a rapid acceleration. What ultimately changed was my response to fearful imaginings; I stopped giving in to fear or letting it determine my treatment of others. There was a radical shift in my perception of the world and the way my human self and soul fit in it.

I realize how fortunate I am in this lifetime as the result of some of the choices I have made. I chose professions that I could excel in, emerged, free of the demands of marriage and children. I don’t think of these as sacrifices anymore — as things I am missing out on; I have done these in previous lifetimes. What I have done is create a present lifetime that is graciously spacious and open. I have ample time to reflect, question, synthesize and understand. My current state of fear-less-ness took a lot of work, arising from decades of meditation, prayer, ceremonies, reading and listening to spiritual treatises and channeled material. The path is not important, however; what matters is keeping the focus.

I now have more extended periods in which I am not afraid. As soon as anything negative wells up, I acknowledge it and immediately replace it with love and light. Anytime I perceive the negative intentions of others or threats of any kind, I instantly connect to the healing energy of love and benevolence that surrounds all of us. In response, I generate only benevolent feelings and intent.

As we walk about this Earth, we are as sweeping waves of energy, carrying in our wake a group of angels, spirit helpers and guides. We are constantly surrounded by loving, kind intention. In acknowledging our connection to Source, there is no room for anything negative to thrive.

I remind myself each day that I am a part of a much larger energy, and that this greater energy, oversoul or Divine Source energy is a great force of love and compassion. In this way, I am equipped to meet the next turn in the road, replacing fear and dread with love and light.

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Janet Michele Red Feather, J.D., M.A., is a ceremonial singer who has learned over 60 traditional songs in Mandan and Lakota and sings in nine different languages. Janet was a full-time defense litigator in California for nearly eight years. Her life changed significantly after she traveled to North Dakota in 1993 to fast and pray for a way of life. A regular columnist for The Edge, she has also appeared in Psychic Guidepost, FATE Magazine and Species Link. Her book, Song of the Wind (2014, Galde Press), dealt with her experiences as an empath, and her journey through Mandan spiritual culture. She is currently a full-time, tenured English faculty member at Normandale Community College, having taught Composition and Literature for a span of 20 years.


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