How can we get free of this mess?
Whatever we call it, we all need to rise up, take back our lives and claim what fear has stolen from us.
It’s time to get whole again. You deserve it. God wants it for you. But how do you go about it?
Many people turn to prayer but prayer by itself isn’t enough. With a voice from your lower nature saying “God’s never going to hear my prayers”, you might wonder why you’re not getting well. Maybe it’s because you don’t dare face your enemy. You’ve been waiting for God to face your fear for you, but He can’t do it until you take action. Prayer must always be followed by action:
Prayer and meditation are very important factors in deepening the spiritual life of the individual, but with them must go also action and example, as these are the tangible result of the former. Both are essential. (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 456)
In order to be set free, we want to first develop a perfect hatred for all that fear stands for in our life.
Fear is going to show up all the time, but we can learn to recognize it and cast it away.
Since fear is most often a spiritual disease that manifests itself physically, there may be need for a physical treatment before the spiritual can be started.
Here’s my story:
I thought I was trusting God but because I really wanted to get well, I said the healing prayer and then went to a naturopath, a homeopath, an iridologist, an astrologer and a bodyworker. I used essential oils and Bach Flower remedies. I drank carrot juice and greens powder. I had a colon cleanse and a parasite cleanse and took lots of supplements. I followed a strict dietary regime eliminating all possible food intolerances.
What was wrong with all of this, was that these alternatives became my Savior, my healer, and I truly believed that if I didn’t do all of them, I’d be in trouble.
All this time I had faith that God was going to heal me but because I was in fear, I kept getting sicker and trying new things and getting sicker.
It came to a point that I didn’t want the last 40 years of my life to be a series of increasingly difficult medical problems. I wanted to live a vibrant healthy life. I was afraid (totally unconsciously) that God wasn’t going to heal me so I thought that maybe I’d better help Him out.
And did all these healers and remedies really help me? They gave me symptomatic relief, which is what kept me going back and led me to believe that I was working with God and that He had guided me to the right healer, but it was only cutting down the weeds. It wasn’t killing them at their root.
I wasn’t looking to God for healing, I was looking for everything else.
If anyone had told me I wasn’t relying on God, I would’ve told them that they were liars. I truly believed I was depending on God and doing things His way, and I was, to the best of my ability with what I understood at the time. You see, we can’t be truly obedient if we don’t know or don’t understand. This is a progressive revelation not an instantaneous one. God’s ocean is vast and deep, we don’t automatically understand that the moment we sign our cards and become Baha’is. Gradually, through reading the Writings morning and night and by meditating on the insights, we come to understand and apply the teachings, little by little, day by day. So the material I learned here opens a new vista of understanding things at a whole new level and I pray that what I’m about to share with you will have that effect on you too.
At one extreme, there is a range of treatments including Electric Shock Treatments:
The Guardian, much as his heart goes out to you in your fear and suffering, Cannot tell you whether electric shock treatments should or should not be used, as this is a purely medical question, and there is no reference to such details in our Scriptures. The best scientists must pass upon such methods, not laymen. (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 281)
For the purposes of this article, though, I will be looking primarily at spiritual treatments, since fear is helped more by these:
Thus an illness caused by affliction fear, nervous impressions, will be helped more effectively by spiritual rather than by physical treatment. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p 151-152)
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