Nothing to Defend
Nothing to Promote
Nothing to Fear.
I’ve expanded this with these positive affirmations:
Nothing to Defend, Everything is a Gift,
Nothing to Promote, Everything to Share,
Nothing to Fear, Everything to Love.
I don’t think I have to work very hard to convince you that fear and anxiety are pandemic in our world today. From the daily news of terror attacks and disasters around the globe and around the corner, to the moment by moment anxieties that come from finances, work, and relationships, we are all under stress.
Within the realm of the Enneagram of Personality, usually we talk about fear and anxiety with Enneagram type 6 (see Riso-Hudson description). Within that perspective the appropriate response to fear and anxiety is the development of courage and faith. However, notice that my affirmation is not about courage or even trust, but love.
Consider what happens when we become anxious or afraid.
It usually begins with a moment of disillusionment. As children we begin with a basic level of trust. We inherently see ourselves as loved and to enjoy loving the people in our lives. Then something happens. It can be a series of small instances where that basic trust is whittled away or it can be any number of larger betrayals of trust. What happens is that we lose that sense that we live in a loving and caring universe.
Then we draw back from sharing love because we discover there is a vulnerability in love.
Fear and anxiety take the place of love as our orientation and vision of the world. Instead of looking at the people around us as people to know and relate to we become paranoid and skeptical of others. We lose that belief that we live in a loving universe full of loving people. We even lose the idea of a loving God. God becomes a judge to fear or an indifferent power in the universe that is not there to support us.
The path out of being lost in our fear is to relearn that we are created by Love Itself, for love. This love then takes the form of faith, trust, and courage.
Yes, the moments that trigger our anxiety will continue to happen. There will still be losses and violence, betrayals and woundings, but the gift that we celebrate with faith is that God is still present loving us and guiding us. we also discover that there are people who love us and who welcome our love. There are still acts of goodness and kindness amongst friends, neighbors, and even strangers.
While the headlines turn the harsh spotlight of our attention on what breaks our world, there is far more love present that brings healing into our lives. That is what we are invited to remember. Then as we go through those times where the illusions are stripped away, what we find when we look within our hearts is that Love is the greater Reality holding us and filling us with more love.
Nothing to Fear,
Everything to Love.