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Spotlight on Fear

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  • If I commit fully to my art then I won't be able to support myself financially — I could lose everything and be penniless and homeless
  • If I put my creations out into the world, people may not like them — that means they won't like me, they may laugh at me, I won't fit in
  • If no one likes my work, I won't fit in. No one loves, understands or knows me. I'm not fulfilling a need in the world — no one needs me. I'm not serving a purpose.
  • If I try to create, I could make a mistake. I'll feel stupid and no one will like me.

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
— Joseph Chilton Pearce

If I go another year without trying to get my creative projects off the ground, I may never break free of my limitations, and I may live the rest of my life with unrealized potential. I may die with my creativity still inside of me.

Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully. — Frances Moore Lappe

Have I missed any? Probably. Of course each of us have our own unique fears — and these are more universal ones that relate to Maslow's hierarchy of needs and to our creative hopes and dreams.

A well-known acronym for fear is:

FEAR = False evidence appearing real

In other words, even though what we're fearful of seems very real to us, it's usually something we've made up in our heads, as opposed to something we're facing in physical form. Studies on the stress hormone cortisol show that our bodies react to our thoughts regardless of what is actually in front of us. Our fears feel VERY real. And……they're not.

SARK, author of Make Your Creative Dreams Real suggests you to try this acronym on instead:

Fill yourself up creatively — Julia Cameron advocates something similar with her "Artists's Date" assignment in The Artist's Way. What sparks your creativity? A long drive in the country? Making a vegetable soup? Meditation? Prayer?

Explore what stops you — looking at your own unique methods of self-sabotage is a cornerstone of the Everyday Self-Care Workbook, and of my upcoming book just for creative artists.

Accelerate movement — Do something, anything, to combat the inertia of staying still. SARK advocates "micro movements" that take anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes to complete. Those micro movements are the building blocks for our creative dreams and most importantly, get us moving!

Repeat — luckily for us, this process continues as long as we're up for it!

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. — Dorothy Bernard •

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3/17/05