By Carla B.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it” -Victor Hugo
For years of my childhood and even some instances once I became an adult, I’d have a very scary reoccurring dream of a boogey man/scary monster chasing me. In this dream I felt wholeheartedly that if it caught me before I made it back to my bed and put the covers over my head (pretending sleep) if it was able to snatch me up while I was running for my dear soul I would be devoured. Whatever horrible nightmare I could dream up would be my fate….so I ran and ran ….and as far as I can recall it never got me! I always made it back to my bed and put the covers over my head…being very careful to not touch the wall my bed was next to and keeping ever inch of my body under the covers. This I felt was extremely important.
Why did I continuously dream this dream almost every night? What does it mean?! Why was I experiencing this? This has been something I’ve pondered for years…. and only recently have I been able to see this for what it truly is. It’s part of the ole game of life. Now hold on, I know this sounds fracked up — but please continue reading, it will make sense in the end.
The great story ~ The Sheep Effect.
The sheep knows the wolf is circling the herd, they know there is a villain out there in the dark, ready to pounce… so they pretend not to look the wolf in the eye and by not doing this they would be safe … but then the fear becomes unbearable and the sheep looks and then bam… all becomes really bad for the sheep. It’s frozen in fear after looking the wolf in the eye and its consequently devoured.
So according to this “Hollywood” theme — if you look at evil, you get knocked out! End of story and yes…it is prevalent in many blockbuster movies and embedded in many myths.
You see the child on the bed with a flashlight and a cover over her head shivering with fear. She hears footsteps and breathing and peaks from under the covers and then bang — the child screams, the mother runs into the room to find a empty bed.
What’s the lesson?
If she had only stayed underneath the cover and not looked at the monster….she would be still alive!
Another example is in the Bible. Genesis 19 tells the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, Abraham’s nephew, lived in Sodom with his family. Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom, when two angels came into town. Lot invited them to stay with his family. The following day, the angels made sure Lot, Edith and his two daughters left before God destroyed the city. As they fled, the angels warned them, “Do not look behind you or you will be swept away.” Edith was lagging behind, looked back and saw the flaming sulfur fall from the sky consuming everything and she became a pillar of salt.
Same principle. (In my opinion)
The sheep effect tells us not to face our fear. Never look evil in the eye. Keep your head down and you will stay alive.
But — I see now, all that is false.
We must face our fears! Not continuing to run from them. This is paramount for true happiness and inner peace. You can turn around and look the monster/fear in the eye and still stay alive! I’m a true testament to this.
I had to decipher this for myself….it took years and maybe even lifetimes for me. I slowly began to see … past life trauma/karma as well as the many decades of being mind-controlled and brainwashed… from what I had been taught and the trash I’d watched on TV … all this encouraging…edging on this type of fear in my life. Once I grasped this it all opened up and I was slowly healed.
This was my lesson within the ole sheep effect.
Moral of the dream. Never turn your back on fear. Face your fear with love and grace, the results can dramatically change your life!
You are never too old to dream a new dream.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon