Faces of Fear

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Crown_of_Flowers_(William-Adolphe_Bouguereau,_1884)

 

Victim Racket (or fear of empowerment and responsibility):

Pick up your crown and put it on your head. Moment by moment, idea by idea, we renew the opportunity to think and do differently — our best art is waiting

– Sara Genn (The Painter’s Key)

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7 thoughts on “Faces of Fear

    Chris G said:
    February 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Yes, my main offender. ❤

    BeeHappee said:
    February 5, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    You guys are amateurs, I am equally guilty of all of them. 🙂
    But this one reminds me of the quote from M. Williamson’s Return to Love: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”.

      nicoleaugust responded:
      February 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      I like that quote. I still think that many creative people truly feel fraudulent at times though. As in, ” At some point someone will find out that I don’t really know what I’m doing”. I felt that way about science though too, Ha ! Maybe it’s just a personality type ?

        BeeHappee said:
        February 6, 2016 at 1:27 am

        Perhaps the fear of ‘someone finding out something’ is our confusion with why we are doing what we are doing, or between our actions and wants.
        I had felt those fears many times after posting something and thinking, oh, no, this sucks. . or, does this really add any value to the world or accomplish anything. Then I start thinking that I am looking at it in terms of means and goal. And it helps to think of Ghandi’s thinking of taking care of means, not any end goal, or better yet means and goal just floating out as the same.
        Since creative process and life is so closely intertwined (really it is all the same), we could use the creative process as a mini model to practice the recognition and discipline around those fears. I know it has helped me. Another thing that has helped me were all books by don Miguel Ruiz and really accepting that what anyone thinks or sees is just their story, it has nothing to do with reality, with me.

        I believe what Williamson says in that book (which is based on the Course in Miracles) is precisely that if we peel the fear of not-being accepted or validated, and we peel through the layers, eventually we get to the deepest fear – fear of our own power. Once we tap into that power, tap into Love, the fears melt away.

        Sorry for this long-windedness. I appreciate your posting the article.

    Plough Monday said:
    February 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Are there crowns enough to go around?

      nicoleaugust responded:
      February 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      I’m sure you’ve got one in your back pocket ;).

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