“The Fear Of Dying Is Followed Closely By The Fear Of Truly Living.”
Epictetus once said ‘it is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.’ He wanted us to understand that the fear of something keeps us from living, and truly experiencing the present moment. This saying is well worth exploring further.
The fear of dying has many varying levels from person to person, and some people have none of it at all. What’s the difference that makes all the difference then? Do the people with the fear of dying love life more, their loved ones more, their careers more than the ones that don’t have the fear of dying?
Not Necessarily, The difference is that keeping the fear of dying alive accomplishes a need for someone, and there lies the problem
What need could possibly be met by inner sensitivity and holding onto this fear you may ask? Certainly for one, the sufferer is certain that he or she will be listened to, certain to be protected by disease (that’ a real backwards one, but true for many), and certain to experience the same level of discomfort and worry as usual. These beliefs have the potential to prime a person to adopt health anxiety.
This is why helping an anxiety sufferer that carries around the fear of dying can be so challenging. You have to see the world through their lenses, their perspective. To grasp their inner associations you have to step out of your own beliefs, your own interpretations and past, and move into theres. This is where we’re going today.
In this powerful episode of the anxiety guy podcast I’ll be showing you:
- The patterns that keep a person stuck with the fear of dying
- The one realization that can take someone out of the cycle
- Why anxiety sufferers attach themselves to this fear unconsciously
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