We all carry our fears around with us. They are part of our emotional DNA.
The two questions which drive us, ‘Am I loved?’ and ‘Am I safe?’ are lodged deep in the subconscious and in the memories which have helped shape our lives. Our private fears feed into the collective – into how we respond to the politics of the time both national and global.
Fear also supplies us with a necessary energy, so it is useless to tell ourselves that we have no reason to feel afraid, especially in the times we are living in. Instead, we need to learn how to manage fear. It is a spiritual task.
My latest book looks at how we can learn to pray into our fears, both private and collective, and so confront them through wise and compassionate action.