Fear of Flying

Cuckoo flying against a full moon (Hiroshigge 1797-1858)

Ultimately, surrender is a choice.

Like donning a flying suits and jump over a cliff. It IS an irrational impulse, but you do it anyway. It IS a powerful and frightening experience until you make that step over the edge. Once falling and flying something else carries you – unless of course you are trying to stop the fall by holding on to whatever presents itself. So it is really this step over the cliff, when fear succumbs to faith, that is so critical.

“Make sure the body is relaxed. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Feel yourself breathing into the lower abdomen, as it were. Observe how it expands and contracts slightly with each in and out breath. Then become aware of the entire energy field of the body. Don’t think about it – feel it. By doing this you reclaim consciousness from the mind. If you find it helpful, use the “light” visualization I described earlier.

When you can feel the inner body clearly as a single field of energy, let go, if possible, of any visual image and focus exclusively on the feeling. If you can, also drop any mental image you may still have of the physical body. All that is left then is an all-encompassing sense of presence of “beingness”, and the inner body is felt to be without a boundary. Then take your attention even more deeply into that feeling. Become one with it. Merge with the energy field, so that there is no longer a perceived duality of the observer and the observed, of you and your body. The distinction between inner and outer also dissolves now, so there is no inner body anymore. By going deeply into the body, you have transcended the body”.

From: Eckhart Tolle: Power of Now,
Chapter 7: Portals into the Unmanifested (p 129)

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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