Fear of Flying

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Re: Fear of Flying

Post by Jogihevi » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:56 pm

I have no problem with elevators, glass or otherwise. I use one several times a day.

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Re: Fear of Flying

Post by Webwanderer » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:37 pm

Jogihevi wrote:Hello everyone

It's been a while since I visited this forum, but I thought I'd give you an update. First things first...I didn't get on the plane. Also recently, I had to take a two hour train journey but had a panic attack and got off before it left the station. Whilst I'm still able to live a 'normal' life (working, socialising...etc), but it's becoming clear that my anxieties are still present when it comes to travelling. The only way I'm able to travel long distances is by driving, and that still makes me a little anxious.

Could anyone offer any advice, particularly from a spiritual perspective? I think ultimately it's going to be a matter of willpower. I'm simply going to have to start facing the situations I fear even though every cell in my body seems to be screaming at me to run away.

I'm in a bit of a funk, as I don't want to be restricted in life anymore.



Where else do you have panic attacks? Marcel's right in challenging them in a situation lite such as a glass elevator. Find somewhere that you don't have to be around people but that gives you the feelings of panic, and allow your self to feel the panic fully. There doesn't have to be anything wrong with such feelings. Sit with them, explore them, invite them in. Be willing to feel the fear. There is likely a message there for you. If you have a trusted friend, ask them to sit with you if necessary. But let it run its course. Consider it learning a new skill in life - to tollerate difficult conditions for extended periods of time. Know that "you" are not the fear, but that it is an energy flowing through you. It has a limited reservoir that will eventually deplete unless thinking judgmentally about it refills it. You can't avoid these feelings, that only suppresses them. You must go through them. Be willing to experience some pain. It's worth it.

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Re: Fear of Flying

Post by Marcel Franke » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:24 pm

> I have no problem with elevators, glass or otherwise. I use one several times a day.

Ok, good.
(In fact an aeroplane is nothing but a kind of elevator,
probably just as accident-prone.)

Rollercoasters ?
Other amusement-park-stuff ?
There must be something....?

trains might also be an easy means of undergoing your fear,
first for short distances ?

Bus-rides ?

And when the fear is there, try locating it.
Find where it is in your body.
Then, stop labeling it.
Just feel it for what it really is.
Is there a need to label it ?
Is it absolutely necessary to label it ?
Perhaps there is also more sensation behind it when you go there.
Then see that. Give it some space.
And remember, when there is this sensation,
there is also the Awareness of this sensation.

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