by Dianna Hardy
First written 20th November, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
It seems to me that fear is up at the moment. People sense change and either do their best to ignore it, or start projecting what they fear about it. Change is normal. Cycles are natural. Sometimes structures need to come tumbling down. Things are as they should be - although that does not mean we should not strive to make them better. Always strive to make things better.
Election time is looming in the US and UK. Do what you must about that, but don't get caught up in the drama (it really is drama and purposely fear-provoking). Floods and fires are taking place across the globe. It might be happening on your doorstep. Be kind and lend a hand to those who need it if you can. Be vigilant and safe. But do not fall into the trap of focusing on the fear. Look beyond what you see to greater things and possibilities.
Fear, fear, fear. Fear always comes from you. It is your response to triggers (an unafraid soul knows no trigger). It lives in the heart of the beholder. No one can actually instil fear in you - fear comes from you. I find this a security, personally. It's a huge comfort to know I can manage myself at any given time and take responsibility for all my emotions and actions, even in challenging circumstances. (No one's saying it's easy, by the way, although it can be as easy as you'd like it to be.)
You are an immortal being who travels through dimensions and realities at will. (Since you are on a site about angels and spiritual matters, I'm assuming you're familiar with this concept, even if you don't align with it. If you are not familiar, welcome to a whole other way of living. Bashar talks about this in a very relatable way.) Every second of every day you are shifting through realities, choosing the perspective you want to live with and live in - choosing the world you want to be (yes, be, for you are all the world, just as all the world is you). Choosing what you want to experience. So really ... what is there to be afraid of? Death? You're already dead in some respects - you are immortal, having a mortal experience. You are in heaven dreaming your earthly existence, thinking it's real because you have forgotten you're asleep. Pain? Pain is resistance to a process - sometimes necessary, but once we accept the pain is necessary, we are no longer resisting the process and the pain will ease. Change? Everything changes - it's the only constant. To be afraid of something that is the only constant is nonsensical and will not serve you.
What else do people fear? The list is endless: Loneliness, being friendless, not having children, having children, making mistakes, hurting others, being hated or despised, being wrongly accused, being imprisoned, abducted, hurt or violated. We fear being wrong, we fear being right. We fear failure and success in equal measures. We fear losing our loved ones; we fear losing our memory or intelligence, losing our health, becoming an invalid (and without validity). Mostly, we fear the idea of all those things. These things happen - of course they do. So do wonderful, amazing things, and often, the wonderful, amazing things come as a result of the horrible, nasty things - with a bit of effort and transformation.
Don't deride your fear - thank it for showing you what you need to work on - recognise it and acknowledge it, but do work on it. Work to transform the fear out of existence once and for all because the only thing to fear is fear itself. Fear will hold you back from everything. Fear tries to arrest the natural flow of your life, and your reunion with the Source of who you are. Fear stops you realising your role as the co-creator of the world.
Yet, fears are valid in the third dimension (and fourth dimension), because they teach you how to work through shadow, which is a must if you want to raise your vibrational frequency of living. Fears become frightening when we deny them - they'll just get bigger. They are there for a reason. They are the soulmate teaching you a hard lesson. Befriend your fear; love your fear; then let it go - say goodbye for good - and watch yourself become free of its grasp as you rise to the next level of being.
Lastly, don't feed your fear. Remove yourself from its food - TV, social media , negative people - and anything that tries to bring down your vibrational shift and ways of thinking. If you cannot remove yourself from those things, you're going to have be extra-aware, and try extra-hard not to feed your fears with them. Watch your words and your mental script:
"Why does this always happen to me?"
"I hate this about life." (Hate is an awful word to keep saying - why say it?)
"I'm the unlucky one."
"Everyone always has it better than me."
"They're so lucky."
And countless other phrases - think about them. Think about what you're saying to yourself. Think about how you're treating yourself. Would you say the above to others? Let's see....
"Why does this always happen to you?"
"I hate this about your life."
"You're the unlucky one."
"Everyone always has it better than you."
"They're so much luckier than you."
Treat yourself better. You may even find that most of your fears disappear with a change in script - that's all it takes sometimes. A change in thought; a change in consciousness.
If you want to change the world for the better - this is how you do it. You start with your world. You.
This is the fourth in a series of posts called About Dianna, which looks at my upbringing and life influences. You can find the series of posts below:
Shadow is not bad. Shadow is the ego driven part of your identity that is scared of weakness, pain, and being forgotten, so it triggers your fears, your angry defensiveness, and your pride. Understanding this, and overcoming it, is literally an act of turning shadow into light. In Jungian psychology, the shadow can also be seen as the unconscious aspect of self - the unknown. It is the hidden parts of ourselves we would like to remain hidden. In shamanism, we journey into the lower world aspect of the Otherworld in order to meet our shadow self, face it, accept it, and conquer it. This is the hero's journey in every fantasy story (think of Luke Skywalker walking into that tree trunk to face the dark side of all he could become) but those stories are derived from this shamanic understanding that is as old as time.
As a shadow worker, what I strive to do is help people see their shadows in the "mirror", recognise it, accept it, love it as part of what makes them a whole, deep individual, and that's when miracles happen: the shadow is no more. The shadow becomes light because you have shone light on it. All shadows can be transformed from dark to light; some more easily than others.
Can angels help with shadow work? Hell, yes! I have a group of archangels I work very closely with in all my work, and they include Archangel Michael, Archangel Raziel, Archangel Azriel, and Archangel Jeremiel.
When I first started consciously working with angels, I had no idea who to call - I just called Archangels Michael and Gabriel - Gabriel because he'd visited me in the past, and Michael because I felt like I could and should. (And actually, the more I call on Michael, the more like an old friend he feels - he has a very loving energy.) Following that, other angels showed up more strongly (like the named three above) and I'm certain it's because of the shadow work that I can incorporate into my readings and channelling. For those who don't know (and this is only a summary) Archangel Raziel guards mystery schools, magick, and ancient, secret knowledge; Archangel Azriel is the gatekeeper of souls at death; and Archangel Jeremiel is the recorder and keeper of past lives and past life lessons.
One of the reasons I hesitated for years to work with angels was because of this stereotype of "light and fluffy" that seems to surround them. I didn't relate to it. There was never any talk of the importance of the shadow whenever I read about lightwork, and no lightworker ever seemed to mention the shadow - at least never in a good light. Yet, it's only by recognising it in a good light that it can be transformed.
Angels, to me, have never shied away from the dark spaces of our third dimension - why would they? That's where they're needed the most. Angels are the piercing hard clarity of light; steel; the edge of a blade; and they have definite warrior energy (in the sense that they have a mission that must reach its destination, which lies in showing is the way to the 5th dimension).
My first memory (at the age of one) was of a mix of dark and light: me, stumbling as a one-year-old through a dark, damp cave that smelled of earth and magic; that then looked like earth and magic when I saw the stalagmites and stalactites that protruded from every angle. It was stunning. From that moment, dark and light were not separate for me. When they merge in union, the most beautiful rays can be seen.
With shadow work we travel from the lower world up, just like the stalagmite, working through our darker energies to find out how we can transform our fears, anger, envy, and deep hurts into something peaceful.
With light work we travel from the higher realms down, just like the stalactite, wrapping love and positivity around our spiritual selves, which offer a guiding light for us to trust in as we traverse into the unknown of the future.
Where they meet in the middle is where we begin to heal.