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There’s been a lot to consider in previous articles, so I wanted to summarize it here, so you can monitor your progress, and make sure you’ve covered all the bases.

Use this list as a checklist, and when you’ve completed them all, you’ll have cast fear out and replaced it with the love of God.

 

Forgiveness Forgive God
Forgive yourself
Forgive others
Ask God for His forgiveness
Patience Remember there is a season for everything
Remind yourself that you have the right to fail
Give it time
Prayer Reading prayers morning and night
Saying your Obligatory Prayer
Using the Prayer for Protection
Using specific prayers to overcome fear
Read the Writings Reading the Writings morning and night
Deepen your knowledge
Meditation on the Words of God
Study a prayer with someone
Role Models Baha’u’llah
‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Shoghi Effendi
Central Figures
Bahiyyih Khanum
Martyrs
Dawnbreakers
Continental Board of Counsellors
Auxiliary Board Members
Sin Understand lower and higher nature
Understand the Nature of Sin
Teaching and Service Action
Distraction
Teaching
Service
Core Activities
Tests and Difficulties Understand the role and purpose of tests and difficulties
Thoughts Knowledge of Self
Fear doesn’t solve anything
Habits of Thought
Stop Believing Lies
Turn your back on fear
Change Thoughts
Stop Feeding the Fear
Forget about Them
Understand strong emotions
Understand you’re not alone
Use Affirmations
Make a choice and decide to stop
Understand Death
Turn to God Choose the Right Source
Turn to God
Trust God
Take your problems to God
See the end in the beginning
Recognize Bounties
Receive God’s Love
Recognize God’s Forgiveness
Recognize God’s Protection
Cling to the Cord
Virtues Consultation
Courage
Detachment
Faith
Gratitude
Happiness and Joy
Love
Mindfulness
Peacefulness
Radiance
Trust

Now that you’ve checked off all the things on this list, hang up a mental “no room at the inn” sign inside your heart, so that fear and anxiety won’t be able to express itself in you again.

Conclusion

You can defeat Fear.  Fear is not greater than God!  Fear is not greater than the Word of God!  Fear is not greater than you!

You’ll want to share these teachings with everyone you meet, but we need to exercise wisdom. It’s unlikely they’ll want to hear so all we can do is pray for them.

Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.’ Such is the consummate wisdom to be observed in thy pursuits. Be not oblivious thereof, if thou wishest to be a man of action under all conditions. First diagnose the disease and identify the malady, then prescribe the remedy, for such is the perfect method of the skilful physician.  (Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 268)

Walking out of fear into faith doesn’t mean that it won’t visit you again. When you’re standing in faith and fear is reaching all around you, that isn’t fear-faith, that’s a good thing, because it means you’re facing your enemy. It’s a good place to be. You’re in temptation. Some people delude themselves into thinking that if they are finished with fear they never have to face it down again. It’s just another lie from our lower nature. We don’t want to go there.

Ponder then in thine heart: Matters being such as thou dost witness, and as We also witness, where canst thou flee, and with whom shalt thou take refuge? Unto whom wilt thou turn thy gaze? In what land shalt thou dwell and upon what seat shalt thou abide? In what path shalt thou tread and at what hour wilt thou find repose? What shall become of thee in the end? Where shalt thou secure the cord of thy faith and fasten the tie of thine obedience? By Him Who revealeth Himself in His oneness and Whose own Self beareth witness to His unity!  Should there be ignited in thy heart the burning brand of the love of God, thou wouldst seek neither rest nor composure, neither laughter nor repose, but wouldst hasten to scale the highest summits in the realms of divine nearness, sanctity, and beauty. Thou wouldst lament as a soul bereaved and weep as a heart filled with longing. Nor wouldst thou repair to thy home and abode unless God would lay bare before thee His Cause.  (Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 13-14)

Once we’ve mastered these ways to eliminate fear, it’s important to teach them to our children from their earliest childhood, so they will know how to eliminate them faster than we were able to:

In the treasuries of the knowledge of God there lieth concealed a knowledge which, when applied, will largely, though not wholly, eliminate fear. This knowledge, however, should be taught from childhood, as it will greatly aid in its elimination…. Whatever decreaseth fear increaseth courage.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 32)

For More in this Series:

What is Fear? 

What are we Afraid Of?

Reactions to Fear 

Fight, Flight or Freeze

Doubt and Fear  

What is the Purpose of Fear?

What about the Fear of God? 

What Makes us Susceptible to Fear?

Understanding the Link Between Fear and Sin 

Overcoming Fear – Introduction 

Overcoming Fear By Turning to God

Overcoming Fear with Prayer

Overcoming Fear By Reading the Writings

Overcoming Fear By Focusing on the Virtues 

Overcoming Fear Through Love

Overcoming Fear with Faith

Overcoming Fear with Patience

Overcoming Fear through Courage

Overcoming Fear through Teaching and Service

Overcoming Fear By Changing your Thoughts

Overcoming Fear through Forgiveness

Overcoming Fear through Using Role Models

Overcoming Fear through Tests and Difficulties

What Can Others Do, To Help Those Who Are Afraid?

 Prayers to Eliminate Fear

How has this helped you take charge of your fear and anxiety.  Can you think of others to add?  Post your comments here: