As I sit here on another tenuous "severe weather afternoon" in Norman, Oklahoma I'm reminded of the energy of fear and how it has a way of sneaking its way into our lives, in insidious and frequently undermining ways. Fear, in my opinion, is the one emotion that drives the other low frequency emotions. Some people are more hard-wired to recognize their fearful thoughts, while others allow it to smolder undetected in this case it often fuels other complimentary emotional frequencies like envy, anger or sadness.
There is "appropriate" fear, or what is more aptly referred to as "right action". This is the impulse that rises which informs the organism (your body) to run, jump, hide or attack if necessary. This impulse happens involuntarily when we are faced with an immediate or impending threat to our physical survival (or the survival of something or someone who cannot protect itself).
Those impulses are the evolutionary inheritance of our prehistoric ancestors and they let us know when to move into action, not a moment before.
This impulse is useful, present moment focused, and in some cases, can save lives. It is not attached to a story of the future or a memory of the past and it is responsive instead of reactive. So, in my estimation it is a purer expression of fear because it is a response to what is and moderated by common sense. Once you introduce an unhealthy ego into those decisions you then get low vibrational actions like violence, hatred or other destructive byproducts of fear.
The damaging expression of fear is that which is pervasive, nagging and heavy and we typically know this under the guise of anxiety. Anxiety is often removed from a situation which calls for its activation. The energy of that kind of fear is necrotizing and contagious and rarely has a tangible stimulus in the present moment...because if it were present you would respond to it accordingly, and not anticipate its arrival.
Fear (and its children anxiety and panic) are part of those low frequency emotions that if injected into a crowd, will spread faster than wildfire (watch the 10:00 news for evidence of this phenomenon). Anxiety and terror unnecessarily activate the survival mechanism and often impel people to do things they wouldn't normally do. Not in response to an actual threat, but the image of a future threat. And while our intuition can inform us about the possibility of a threat, responding to it through anxiety or panic will ensure more suffering, a balanced intuitive voice is never panicked but peaceful and balanced.
Fear only survives beyond an initial present-moment threat in the midst of a story of a future or past. A imagined future event or a long-gone memory swells into our imagination and shifts the peaceful present into a treacherous war zone (and even the most gifted of intuitives know that each moment is subject to change). Suddenly an imaginary story of a threat is imminent and we shift into survival mode (stressing our body and mind's resources unnecessarily).
Fear can become trapped in our bodies and energetic system (i.e., Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic and Anxiety Disorders, etc.) and we can no longer tell the difference between an actual threat and our imagination. We live in a constant state of heightened anxiety, we become agitated, angry, tired or depressed because of prolonged states in imagined danger, pain or discomfort.
The trapping of fear in our energy can create a variety of health problems from stroke to heart attack and cancer. This is because the cells of our bodies begin to respond to the vibrational frequency of our predominant emotions. If the frequency is predominately low (such as fear or anger) then our cells will become increasingly more disordered in response to the chaotic energy we are continuously feeding into our system. This in addition to environmental, hereditary, dietary and karmic factors, create dis-ease.
I'm not suggesting that we will all become Buddhas and eliminate fear from our emotional lexicon, or that that would be useful for most people. Appropriate fear is just that, an impulse that rises in response to a present moment threat to our survival. If we can act we do, if we cannot we surrender. We have no other choice, and any thought otherwise creates more suffering.
So as I look again at the growing energy of fear and anxiety, in a Tornado torn state a week after the devastating storms in Moore, I've been meditating on what effect fear has on the collective atmosphere. The frequent mention of severe weather alerts, taking precautions and guarding against disaster are undoubtedly helpful and have saved thousands of lives on one level, but it also leaves many people in a state of terror about "what could happen next".
Masura Emoto's experiments on the effect of energy on water crystals could support the scientific understanding of how the frequency of the emotions we bring into the world can effect outside stimuli. Emoto believed and illustrated to some extent that water takes on the emotional resonance of the energy which is coming toward it.
Low frequency energy is akin to chaos, the higher the energy the more ordered its composition (however we need a balance of both, otherwise things would get pretty boring. ) The more attractive snowflakes are more attractive because the energy feeding into its crystal composition is of a higher vibrational frequency.
If one person's thoughts and intention can rearrange the composition of one water molecule through fearful or low frequency vibrational thoughts and emotions; imagine what 10, 20, or 20,000 people could do to a large composition of rain clouds (or anything else for that matter).
We must be conscious of the energy we are bringing into the atmosphere. We may hold panic, fearful or angry energetic responses unbeknownst to us and project them into the environment as a way to make the world "out there" match the world inside of us. This is part of our human experience. But we must elevate ourselves out of unnecessary fear, panic and anxiety, if we want the conditions of our reality to change.