Anticipation and fear of coronavirus has turned cities across the world into little ‘ghost towns,’ driving people into their homes where they stockpile hand sanitizer and paper towels.
Coronavirus Triggers Our Fear of Death
At first glance, the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic seems to be caused by the obvious, survival-based sentiment we all share—“I don’t want to get SICK and SUFFER—or die!” Additionally, we fear for those we care about: “I don’t want people I know and love to suffer or die.“
We must honor this fear. If we examine it honestly, it becomes apparent that it is ever-present and constantly nagging (pre-dating coronavirus), but is rarely audible in contrast to the layers and layers of dialogue occurring in the more superficial layers of our mind. With the help of Coronavirus, this fear is not in the background anymore—it’s loud and clear! Let’s honor this precious opportunity to engage with a part of ourselves that is typically buried deep under distractions. Thank you, coronavirus!
Aww, That’s sweet. Now How do I stop worrying?
actually, what if I don’t want to stop worrying? Everyone else is worrying…I need to stay cautious and informed. I need to know what’s going on. I need to protect myself.
First, don’t bully yourself for “giving in” to fear by worrying. Fear is our natural, biological reflex to the unknown, and you’re right—it’s impractical to expect yourself to suddenly feel differently about something, even if you’ve just been given new information. If we could just a flip a switch and change our feelings, we’d all be calm and collected right now. Rather than expect that from ourselves unrealistically, let’s simply lean away from the direction of panic and lean toward the direction of peace.
I’ll show you how.
It doesn’t require us to fall over, it merely asks that we shift our stance by A nearly imperceptible degree.
Our constructed personality (commonly referred to as our “ego”) is the product of our culture, our experiences, and our genetic makeup. It is constantly plagued by the worry of its own destruction; this is its natural state and not something to be concerned by. If you find that you are in a crisis of anxiety, this simply means that the ego is concerned for its preservation and well-being. This is the root of all worry, and it occurs when we’ve turned the volume of the ego up louder than the volume of our true essence. The ego is particularly resistant to Death Medicine, because any change threatens its familiar patterns. The ego wants to LIVE. To HAVE. To DOMINATE. That’s okay. It’s natural. We must simply disassociate from the ego and realize that it does not comprise the whole of who we are.
For the purpose of this exercise, consciously acknowledge that your ego is your inner child, not the entirety of your being. Even though it is a very intelligent and socially adept child, it is, nonetheless, a child—and a frightened one, at that!
To soothe it, we must remind it of the following universal truths.
When standing apart from the ego’s grip, we can know, truly and deeply, that there is no such thing as a bad outcome. In fact, the “worse” an outcome appears to look, the greater the resulting growth will be when we survive it. Think back to any obstacle you have overcome in your life and know this to be true. And if we don’t survive it? If we slip into the wild unknown with nothing to hold on to but our beautiful, infinite, creative soul?
That might just be the beginning of the greatest adventure of all.
Peace, joy, and love unto you,
May you approach life and death in equal stride! 🖤