Sadhguru looks at the nature of fear and answers a question on how to overcome fear. He explains how fear arises because of excessive imagination. Instead of producing “horror movies” in our mind, produce a comedy, a love story or a suspense thriller, he says.
Questioner: Many times in my daily life fear stops me from doing small things and bigger things – fear from failure, fear from… maybe from rejection sometimes. How to overcome this fear?
Sadhguru: You cannot overcome something which does not exist. Right now, are you in fear? Right now, that I may say something damaging? Is that the fear? (Laughs) Every moment of your life, you are in fear? No. So, when you are not in fear, just stay like that because to create fear, you have to use excessive imagination. To not be in fear, you don’t have to do anything. Fear is happening because of excessive imagination – things that have not happened, you are creating. What may happen in your mind happens in thousand different formats and most probably it never happens. The things that you have feared… Take hundred things that you have feared. Probably ninety nine of them never happened, isn’t it? Yes? So, your hear… your fear is always about that which does not exist. You cannot fight or you cannot overcome that which does not exist. We can overcome something which… that exists. You cannot overcome that which does not exist. We just have to give up that effort. Enjoy the fear. After all, it’s your making. You like horror movies?
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