(Great fears are barriers to experiencing your real life.)

[There are countless fears, yet few are of the level of the Great Fears. A Great Fear is noted by its commonness and its effect; it shows up in a large part of society and can have a numbing effect on one’s happiness.]


Just about all young children go through a period in which they fear the dark. Some of us continued to experience this fear even after childhood! Fear of the dark is normal and not what this S3MC is about.

Fear of the darkness is more about emotions than the physical absence of light. Darkness is related to emotions and arises after we’ve lived a bit and been bitten by life once or twice.

No one is happy all the time. To be sad, depressed, disconnected, or lost happens even in a life well-lived.

It’s when some of those down times occur repeatedly or hard enough that we begin to fear their recurrence. That’s the darkness. It’s fearing being overwhelmed by dark emotions returning. Not useful.

Sometimes darkness can show you the light. Sometimes the contrast propels you to resolve the underlying conditions permanently.


Coaching Point: Sometimes darkness can show you the light. Have you experienced that?


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