When I was researching Bob Marley to do his portrait, I found it very interesting that he and his band played late at night in the graveyard to overcome their fear of performing. They figured, if they could perform for possibly scary spirits, then they could perform fearlessly for any audience, anywhere. In some yogic traditions, men perform the Kapalika Sadhana practices of meditation and the spiritual dance Tandava late at night in the cemetery, to overcome fear. Not the fear of performing (which some fear more than death), but the fear of death itself.
There is healthy and productive fear, which helps us quickly remove ourselves from harm’s way or gives us the energy to stand up to conflict, if we must. And then there is unhealthy fear, which springs from limiting beliefs about ourselves, our world, and our Divine Source. We don’t have to dance in the graveyard to exorcise these mental “demons.” But metaphorically, we all do, in our own way, by overcoming that which we fear and finding our way to peace and confidence. In working with clients, and in my books, as well as in my own life, I like use both an inner and outer model of releasing outgrown limiting beliefs, envisioning forward movement, and then taking action steps. May we all become courageous, and live our most vibrant lives!
11 X 14 “Bob Marley” portrait print, available in Roanoke Virginia at Ripple Roanoke, 112 Market St SE, Roanoke, 24011 (540) 492-9878 and in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/listing/185130899/11-x-14-print-bob-marley?ref=shop_home_active_14