When I was a kid I was very interested in science.
I was insanely curious about how stuff worked.
When I was in junior HS I had a subscription to Science magazine.
I always liked learning about things like atoms, molecules, and what I understood about quantum physics.
I was even on this book of the month club, and I read a bunch of science books.
I remember learning why the sky was blue.
Because the molecules in the upper atmosphere radiate at the same frequency as blue light.
So of all the light that comes through, blue light comes through the easiest.
Later on, I started studying hypnosis, metaphors and story telling.
Joseph Campbell explained the reasons that most of the myths have the same structure.
Of all the stories that were told over the eons of human history, that particular structure resonated the most effectively with humans.
Kind of like how blue light passed through the upper atmosphere the easiest.
One thing that surprises most people is that we have a lot of common fears and insecurities.
But since we never talk about them, we think we are the only ones that have them.
This is one major reason why there are so many different kinds of group therapies.
Just knowing that there are other people out there, just like you, who are having pretty much the SAME problems, is very comforting.
At our core, we all fear the same things.
Rejection, being kicked out of our social group, making mistakes in front of others.
This is why most people are terrified of public speaking or walking up to an attractive person.
Even the people that “seem” to do it naturally are feeling the same fears.
It’s not that they don’t have those same fears and insecurities, they’ve learned to act in spite of them.
To simply accept them as normal.
What you resist, they say, persists.
When you simply accept it, it is not so bad.
One of the common “themes” of myths is to “face” some demon.
This “demon,” of course, is a metaphor for those SAME fears we all share.
However, there are many ways to face them.
Raw courage and will power is one way.
Using mental practice, on a daily basis, is another.
Or both at the same time.
A little of one on a daily basis, out in the real world, and some daily practice on the inside, in your inner world.
And just like anything else, the more you practice, the easier it gets.
Pretty soon those common “fears” won’t be such a big deal anymore.