Unmasking Fear – Part I
Over the past weeks, I, like many others, have been a silent witness to a growing collective rage that I feel deserves some light. I offer my observations and opinion with love, respect, compassion and free from desire to hijack your mind, or to threaten your values. It is not at all ignorant of the losses and grief many have suffered (loss of families, friends, and ways of life), to whom I send condolences. It is an opinion to hopefully explore and decide if it resonates with you. That is all.
Masks have become the debate in all sorts of media. What started as a strategy to explore, has become a blast of opinion and discourse with heaping vitriol. Anger builds and fear is amplified. Fear of getting sick, fear of being controlled, fear, fear, fear…
There are many poorly constructed arguments on both side of the mask debate. I am often disappointed in what I see people passing off as proof… things that look just convincing enough. People using agar plates in various scenarios on social media video, attempting to show what is caught by a mask vs without. Did those people have Covid 19?! What is on the cultured plate? Large bacteria or tiny viruses? On the other side, conspiracy theories demonstrate different fears. This sort of persuasive, lazy research and reporting enforces bias, is not truth seeking and does not honour your brothers and sisters.
The debate about masks is a metaphorical and literal representation of the pandemic itself – or as I refer to it – the Great Unmasking.
This tiny virus has ripped off the masks of the ‘mighty human’, that we put on for the world, when we looked in the mirror, and in the stories we weaved about ourselves. It has exposed us. It revealed our vulnerabilities, our beliefs about life, resources, security, ownership, attachment, and made plain the true nature of existence. It has exposed our fear of loss and death – our complete lack of peace and understanding about the only other certainty in our existence, after birth.
For some, this has been enlightening; a new definition of abundance, and realignment of values. A realization that we do not lose what we do not own – that we in fact, own very little, that security is an illusion. For others, it has amplified fear (of death, of loss, of scarcity, of lack of control), and driven entrenchment in the world of science without spirit, perceived power and control. The mask is back on, and they have warriored up: “We will fight this virus”, “kill it”, “eradicate it”, “stamp it out” and other statements of war, demonstrate a lack of understanding about the delicate, beautiful and intricate relationships in nature.
Fear of death is like the grave robber – stealing precious gems from our current moment. Self preservation is not wrong of course, it is good. But terror serves no one. When I tell people that I received training in the death rites of the Andean tradition, or that I am fascinated by cultural perspectives on death, people are challenged: like it’s weird, or creepy, or taboo. Why? Physical birth and death are our only two guarantees in this life. Why live our whole life in fear of the inevitable?
And while stewing fearfully, plotting for control, and pouring scornful rhetoric into mass media, we repel the connection, synergy, creativity, and peace we need for finding balance in the great web of life. It’s not about the masks, it’s about THE mask!While so much attention is focused on masks, we forget issues of humanity – like how our seniors are warehoused in appalling conditions, which came to light all too briefly and then disappeared from discussion. A quick Google search for Masks Covid-19, brought 2,250,000,000 results (0.62 seconds), while seniors’ homes Covid-19 brought a mere 113,000,000 results (0.60 seconds).
No wonder we fear ageing almost as much as dying….
What should be apparent by now is that the mask debate is distracting us from our greatest opportunities to find balance, peace and abundance in right relationship with nature. We are still fixated on the illusion of dominance over nature and each other, and it is a barrier to our health – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Begin to focus on what you can control – unconditional love for all of life, and your expression of it. Stop being distracted by fear. Blow it out of you into the wind to be transformed. The fear of loss ignites the stress response in your physical body and drains and prevents you from manufacturing the conditions for health. Fear makes it biochemically impossible to be balanced and healthy.
Life is not about what is flowing or happening to us. It is about what is flowing or happening through us. Create the conditions for life to thrive with radical nourishment on every level: love, connection, water, sun, air, soil, and the organisms that grow from it should be consumed and shared with gratitude and peace. It is the price and privilege of being in this web.
Only then we can then research, collaborate, and create the conditions the world really needs, and will we solve the great debate.
Next week I will talk about the hormones of fear, and how they impact the energy in you, right down to the DNA.