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FENSKE: Don't let fear dictate your next step in life

"I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures me and supports me in ways I could never imagine. I know that this Presence is All Knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am." - Ernest HolmesDo you believe that you are always supported by a power greater than you, that the Universe is continually there to support you no matter what? If you did believe this, could you imagine how fear would no longer keep such a prominent presence in your consciousness? It seems that even if we do believe this, fear still creeps in once in a while.I witnessed this recently at a restaurant, at first not in a metaphysical way but in an everyday sort of way. The Santacafe in Santa Fe is housed in a building rich with history, the "Padre Gallegos House." Built in the 1800s by Jose Gallegos, a colorful and controversial priest turned politician, it was a monastery and his home until later years when it served as a boarding house (some would say brothel) and government offices.The bar area of the Santacafe has a plexiglass square covering a deep well that you must cross to either sit at the bar or walk to the restrooms. An employee told me that Father Gallegos re-dug the well inside instead of leaving it outside the building because he feared being poisoned to death due to some of his rather questionable activities within the house.What I found deeply interesting aside from the rich history of this building was the human behavior around the well. Sitting and observing people as they approached the deep, bottomless pit in the middle of the walkway was fascinating to witness. The majority of people stopped abruptly and cautiously circumvented the plexiglass with a look of fear on their face, not even wanting to look down. A few brave souls stopped ever so briefly and boldly stepped onto it with trust and knowing that it would support them and continued on. Then there were the very few who faced their fear, stepped on the plexiglass and remained there for a few moments until a look of certainty and empowerment was revealed on their face.As I continued to observe this phenomenon, I started seeing it with my metaphysical eyes as not just human behavior, but as a real metaphysical lesson. We live our lives a lot of the time in fear. Even when we have validation that we are being supported by an invisible presence, we fear to tread certain waters. Just like the majority of people who cautiously walked around the plexiglass even knowing it was there, we let fear dictate our steps.How do we become like the few who stop briefly then boldly step on and embrace the support with trust and knowing and continue on? How do we become like the ones who face their fear and stand on the fearful place until we become empowered by it? How do we not let fear dictate the steps we take in life?We open our hearts to love. When something fearful comes up for us, we drop immediately into our heart and feel the love and support that is always there for us - within us - always. When we practice this enough we begin to go from feeling to knowing that this is a Truth. We grow in the trust that we are always supported in every way. We tap into and become evolutionary beings, growing and transforming with each obstacle we overcome.When we realize that fear is an illusion, that there is only love, we lift the veil and see clearly that we are being supported no matter what it may look like. Like the plexiglass on the well that is keeping us from falling into an abyss, so is the Presence and Power of something greater always there to support us.Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or email at Visit or her blog at

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