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Laura V. Hyde

Loving Mindfulness
by Laura Grace

It may be that each individual consciousness is a brain cell in a universal mind. ~Sir James Jeans

Recently, an artistic friend, blessed with the gift of sculpting, contacted me for help in moving beyond his fears. He felt ready to take the next step toward fulfilling his heart’s destiny and wanted advice on how to get there. I remember sharing the Nike philosophy of "Just Do It!" and the empowerment this motto has given me. He questioned, however, "Is there more? How do you "just do it" when you have fear?"

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Hyde

Everyone experiences fear at one point or another, especially during times of change and transformation such as our world is now experiencing. Fear seems to raise its head at the most inopportune times: during times of change, while cultivating deepened intimacy, before taking a risk, just prior to seizing a new opportunity and basically anytime we are ready to move forward and become the magnificent beings we were born to be. The roads of fear are numerous and if there were "frequent flyer miles" awarded each time we’ve traveled with fear, most of would be able to fly anywhere, anytime.

One thing I’ve learned in my life is that fear in itself is nothing. It only has power to the extent I dwell on it. The phrase "There is nothing to fear but fear itself" is true—to an extent. However, because the power of our minds is staggering, a more accurate way to describe fear is, "There is nothing to fear except our willingness to believe in it." A participant in one of my workshops once shared an interesting and rectified acronym of fear:





A Course in Miracles teaches us that fear has become so familiar and such a common, everyday feeling, that love—our core essence—is now the stranger. Having fallen asleep to the love inside, we have become alien to what’s in our hearts. "There is a stranger in our midst [fear], who comes from an idea so foreign to the truth he speaks a different language, looks upon a world truth does not know, and understands what truth regards as senseless. Stranger yet, he does not recognize to whom he comes [love]…And yet, how easy it would be to say, ‘This is my home. Here I belong, and will not leave because a madman says I must.’" Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we have forgotten we need only ask that we be returned "home" to love, which like Heaven, is a state of mindfulness, something that I call loving mindfulness.

Fear, as love, is a choice. It’s not something that will exist whether we like it or not; it’s something we give birth to whenever we choose to focus on it. This lesson has been one of the hardest for me to learn. Intellectually, it has always made sense. But emotionally, when fear has surfaced, I have sometimes felt paralyzed. Recognizing that everything is either love or fear, I’ve discovered in my own life that fear is everywhere and thus I cannot afford to wait for it to disappear, because it won’t. I must feel it, ask for guidance in connecting with the love inside me, then mindfully extend it to others through my thoughts, words and actions.

Only love is real; fear is an illusion. There is not room in our hearts and minds for both fear and love. When we allow fear to dictate, love is hidden. Thus focusing on the fear only enables it to remain in place. Like the crucifixion, we must recognize fear is present within our thoughts. However the way to heal it is to practice resting our gaze on the love within so we may be resurrected above the fear to a state of mind that transcends its illusion.

Today, experience loving mindfulness by bringing forth love’s presence. Choose a situation in your life that has been causing you to feel afraid. Face your fear, then ask Spirit to bring forth the love residing inside of you. It’s much more healing and expedient to move through the fear by affirming that only love exists and fear is simply an illusion. As darkness is a lack of light, fear is a lack of love. Remembering the love you have received from others while sinking into the love you have given will invoke the process. As you continue to do so, you will notice that the fear is dissipating.

The Intimate Soul by Laura Hyde

A wonderful lesson that demonstrates this practice was passed on to me from a web site titled "Effortless Prosperity":

"This lesson is about letting go of my fear of anything and trusting God to take the fear away. The way that I let go is to know that fear does not exist. My fear is only my ego’s deluded perception that it is possible to experience a lack of love in my life. To release this deluded perception, I must understand that I am always filled with and surrounded by unconditional love. Therefore, whenever I feel fear, I can bring forth this unconditional love and immediately the fear disappears. Today, I release all fear."

If you lived a life of loving mindfulness, what would your life be like? What are some of the things you would do if love, instead of fear, filled each day? In this moment, ask yourself "If I loved myself more, I would __________." This year, allow love to be your guide and you’ll be amazed at how natural it feels to be unafraid and for love’s courage to fill your heart. As author Betty Smith once stated, "Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."

© Copyright 2001 Laura Grace.  All Rights Reserved.

Laura V. Hyde
Laura Grace is Co-founder of Infinite Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the highest human capacity, and a national author and speaker. As a regular contributor for publications across the US and Canada, Laura writes about human awareness and spiritual growth. Laura is the author of the widely acclaimed book Gifts of the Soul and is the creator and teacher of various programs, including the transforming and popular Self-Mastery Program, Claim Your Inner Power!, The Art of Compassionate Forgiveness, Wonderful Women: Reclaiming Our Power, Passion and Purpose!, Creating Soul in Relationships, Living the Intimate Life and several others. Please visit Laura's web site at: www.LauraGrace.net.

From performing dream analysis for more than 20 years, Laura is an experienced dream counselor and is currently available for dream analysis. She provides assistance in three ways: 1) In-person, 2) By phone, 3) and via e-mail.  You may contact her by calling (888) PEACE-93.





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