How to view fear?
Fear can be a trigger for exploration and lead to insightful or inspiring projects.
But fear can also prevent any action.
I wonder, how to view fear? What does fear mean (if it does)? Where does it come from? Why?
My example. I walk through the woods. Suddenly I hear the branches cracking. Now, I want to run and hide. But why?
Is my body really feeling the fear? For a reason? Or is the mind remembering some trigger similar to this sound and situation that brings fear? If so, fear is imagination.
Can fear be healthy? And when?
Or is fear useless and is just a trick of the mind that is better to be un-learned?
This question is important not only on personal scale. Lets say I follow the fear in my example walking through the woods. So I run away home and hide, and avoid the forest from then on. But what if I turn fear into curiosity and stay in the woods? Then, I see a rare bird making a nest from branches (that sound I got scared of!)
Now apply that exercise to the humanity scale.