We are continuing to take dictation on the questions asked by Dr. Romy B. Paredes, here in Cebu City, Philippines. He and I are now planning to institute the first Hearing Voices Network in the Philippine Islands, and have set the organizational meeting for this Saturday afternoon. He runs a Health and Wellness Clinic, focusing on alternative organic, plant-based food and treatment and in his practice, he deals with all of the physical diseases. However, previously, when patients have come with mental health issues concerning psychic symptoms, he had no answer for them. Now, he does!
Oh my Holy Spirit! Is Fear the true Devil?
“You know, that is a very distinct possibility! There is nothing beneficial about the status of Fear. Caution, yes! That is advisable. As well as knowing whatever dangers are involved in a difficult situation. But, the cold chills and mental agonies of Fear reveal a “Condition of Lack” within that creature who cannot stand up to a perceived threat.
So, You are saying that Fear is not an Entity, in and of itself! Nor would Happiness or Sorrow be. It is simply a temporary paralysis of the mind. So, that does away with the Devil concept, right there, doesn’t it?
“Yes, it sure does! Externalizing something is tempting to a person who doesn’t admit to their own weakness. Once it is recognized and owned…. say a Fear of Heights…. then, it can easily be overcome. That’s what I Am here for!”
Hmmmm, I’m thinking of that term, “Paralysis of the Mind.” We surely do notice it the minute our body becomes paralyzed, even a small part like a finger. But, if our mentality shuts down, we might not even register that fact. Our mind has closed for business when Fear takes over.
How very ironic! Fear can shut down our whole body. It can stop traffic. It can affect our heart rate, our breathing, our limbs and our judgement. And yet, it’s totally mental. An unconscious person cannot be influenced by an earthly occurrance, simply because they don’t perceive the threat. A gunman can’t command a person who has fainted. But, a conscious human will follow orders for fear of being shot. How many tough guys have bluffed their way through a bank robbery because the tellers were too afraid to refuse?
Hey, I’ve got an idea! Why don’t banks train their tellers to pretend to faint away the minute a robber shows up waving his gun? That way, all of the key-holders are laid out on the floor and what is the stupid bloke to do? He wasn’t planning to shoot them, anyway. Just to scare them into compliance. “Give me all your money”, sort of thing. Unconscious bankers are worth nothing to him. What a great idea!
Visualization still operates though, in the presence of Fear. Indeed, we imagine the bullet ripping through our chest; or the charging tiger’s teeth on our neck. Fear relies greatly upon our self-preservation instincts. We snap into some sort of “at-all-costs” mode; not realizing that such an action could be the very thing that costs us our life.We cannot be resourceful in the face of Fear and we can neither help ourselves, nor others, when under that influence.
At least, it’s nice to know that there’s no Devil pushing our buttons. It’s all simply us: you, me, and the other guy, acting out. That’s comforting!
But, don’t try to drive under that influence!