Love and fear are on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum, yet every emotion, every feeling, can be classified as either love or fear. When you are jealous--fear--fear of being rejected or considered "less than." When you are worried--fear again. Angry? Fear raising it's head because you are mad about what you perceive is a slight, something that challenges your ego, or your definition of yourself. What about acceptance? Love. Trust? Love again. Think about it. Identify your feelings, label them and then see where they fall on the spectrum.
What brought this whole thing to the forefront of the day was a phone call I just had about a family issue. In it, the person was planting seeds of fear in her children in order to control them. To control them so they didn't reject her and her life choices. There were conversations around "what if's," and "the world's a horrible place" and "they have to be here because I don't know if I can handle if they're not." Bingo...fear, her fear.
I wonder what would happen to her world, and her children's world (and feelings towards her), if instead she came from a place of love? How about acceptance of their individuality, their desires and options in life? How about instilling a positive mindset and "can-do" attitudes in her children instead of lack (another emotion from the fear end of the spectrum)?
The world is an incredible place--full of beauty, love, opportunity, insight and depth, integrity and abundance. Or it can be scary, violent, hateful, neurotic and dangerous. I challenge her, I challenge all of you, to be conscious of which end of the spectrum you are coming from.