The Spiralled Edge

Spiralled Edge: The Face of Fear

We are being asked and told too many times in life right now to be afraid. Afraid of other people, afraid of our governments, afraid of religions, afraid of doctors striking, afraid of… well, everything. And those fears keep us from questioning the validity of what we are being told is truth. They keep us from realising who or what is an enemy and who isn’t.

Fear of being in a car accident keeps some people from driving, others it helps them to drive with greater awareness of potential dangers and hazards around them.

Fear of being attacked keeps some people from leaving their home, others it helps them to be more aware of their surroundings, and of the need to keep from going in to some situations.

Fear, I know, is a tool that I can use to keep me safe as I go through life. As a tool though I must make sure that I am using it and that it is not controlling me, or being used to control me.




Fear is what causes people to lash out in anger, or freezes them into non-action. Fear makes us hate others who are different: different race, different religion, different economic background, or different nationality. Fears create enemies.

Every day, I can make a choice to allow my life and my actions to be controlled by fears, or I can choose to use fear as a helpful tool in keeping me safe from harm.

I choose to not live in fear. I choose to not be afraid of Others. I choose to not be controlled by fear.

Recently, I did some shamanic healing work to meet an inner fear. My Sacred Garden is a place within the Otherworlds where I go to study, to meet with Guides, to do healing work, and to ask questions. Here, I stated my desire to meet with a fear which was holding me back in life.

I was taken to an old, dark foreboding house. Inside, it was equally as dark and damp and I was led into the middle of a room. From the corners and between the cracks in the walls came hundreds of tiny spiders. Now, I am not as a rule afraid of creepy crawlies, but even I was a bit taken aback by the sheer number that I saw coming towards me.

All of those tiny spiders came together to create a single human-like creature. Each of those spiders represented a tiny little fear that I held. Individually they were fairly insubstantial and could be easily dealt with. Together though… together, they created a monster. When I would think about facing my inner fears, I didn’t see the hundreds of tiny fears, I saw a huge insurmountable Fear. By looking at the individual fears however in this shamanic healing work, I have discovered that they really aren’t so big or so scary.

And because these internal fears aren’t so scary any more, the outer world isn’t quite so scary either.

What fears within are holding you back?

Image credit: 1971 Walt Kelly, Pogo comic strip