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Today we ask that you not believe your fearful thoughts.

This is not easy.  Fear is hard-wired into your bodies.  All animals have a strong fear response, and it is of course useful in the wild to avoid predators and dangers.

The problem is, humans have a fear response that is suited to the life of a tribal hunter-gatherer, but not to modern existence.

Most of you do not live in immediate danger.  You do not have to be alert for wolves and saber-toothed tigers.  Your enemies will not try to kill you today.  Chances are, today you are quite safe.

But your minds are hypervigilant.  In the absence of real threats, the mind has a habit of imagining and inventing threats, and reliving past traumas.  The average human mind dedicates a lot of energy to imaginary fears.

This fearful tendency of the human mind leads to chronic anxiety, which in turn causes all manner of physical and mental illness.  It also tends to create drama.  Anxious, fearful people tend to behave defensively, and aggressively.  Wars have been known to start because of such fears.

In other words, the state of chronic anxiety actually has a way of creating unnecessary drama and trauma that reinforces the fearful thinking.

If you are a fearful, anxious person who feels victimized by a hostile world, most likely your experience of reality will reflect that.

People who are chronically anxious sit around imagining things to be anxious about.  They may then create real dramas in their lives, because they are reactive, defensive, and aggressive.

Changing these patterns is possible.  But it requires a committed desire to do so.

First of all, it is good to begin a meditative practice.  All meditative practices create space between fearful thoughts, and reactivity.  This space is crucial.

Drama is created by people having fearful thoughts and mindlessly believing and reacting to them.  All wars begin this way.

But if you can create space between the fearful thoughts and your reaction, you will greatly diminish your aggressive and defensive reactivity.  This will allow you to act with greater consciousness and intelligence, and create less drama and suffering in your life.

In addition to meditation, it is good to examine your fearful thoughts, and ask if they are really true.  99% of your fearful thoughts are false.  If you begin writing down your fearful thoughts as you have them, you will see over time that they are almost always false or misleading.

It is good to exercise the body.  This relieves the build-up of anxious energy in the physical body.  It is good to spend time in calming, natural environments.  It is good to be around animals, and small children.  It is good to receive massages, and healing touch.

It is good to avoid caffeine and stimulants, which intensify anxious energy in the body.

You must all find your own way.  But it is essential that you do find methods of clearing anxious thoughts before they take root and cause you to react mindlessly to them.

In truth, a person who has learned not to mindlessly react to his fearful thoughts is much better able to cope with a real crisis, when it arises.

You are not victims of a hostile world.  Nor do you have to be victims of outmoded cave man neurology.

You can evolve, right now.  And you can pass these practices and techniques on to your children, so that they do not live their lives ruled by fear.

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