Hidden Fears

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“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson



Shamanic lore explains that the finest treasures of humanity are hidden where people are most afraid to go.

The shamans believe that the jaguar is the protector of all life in the Amazon, and in times of fear, she brings courage and certainty. 

She moves gracefully through the jungle, relishing the abundance of the rain forest, fearless and at ease.  Jaguar knows the way beyond death and is the master of its shadows.

Our external and hidden fears keep us blocking our authentic pathway and from moving beyond what we know and into the expansiveness of the unknown.

The beginning of a New Year is a perfect time to create space and recognize how our fears are preventing us from living fully and so, in silent space, I often address my fears with these questions.

Sit quietly in nature and ask these questions.  Feel them in your body and your mind and breathe them all back into the earth until your feel it has shifted.


What in my life needs to be released?

What fears have I carried around far too long?

Am I ready to let go of them, once and for all?

Am I ready to face what is hidden in me?

Am I ready to step into the unknown and all that it holds for me?


Jaguar energy calls us beyond the walls that confine us.  To push outside our normal routines and boundaries and to seek out a new way to live in 2020.


“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
-Helen Keller

30 thoughts on “Hidden Fears

  1. Given with great love those fears. And thankfully they build an even greater love within when we understand them ❀️
    Great post Karen, the path to freedom πŸ˜€ ❀️

  2. This made me think and I found it difficult to listen to the fear in my body which has resulted from trauma memory. Its like automatic habits from the head and not from rest of the body. How can I let go and be truthful to myself and others. Please help!

    1. It’s a practice to let go of our fears, it can be very difficult and so, we must be patient as our body and mind learn to create new ways of learning and listening. Listen to my podcasts and practice again and again through meditation. There is no easy way out, only through, step by step. I hope this helps.


  3. Great post

    The last quote is so true

    In perspective we die the same day same hour if we worry and isolate or risk everyday living fully

    It seems we think there is a way out of this life

    Check again we all wither and die

    1. So true Marty! We will die and perhaps that’s everyone’s greatest fear. Once we let that go, we can get on with enjoying the immense gift in this moment. πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸ»

  4. Profound and inspiring post, Karen. Fear and worry do not lead us anywhere but we live in fright everyday of our lives. It is really nice to let go and be in our silence to understand our nature. Thanks so much.

  5. Great questions for us all to ponder. And I love the theme of this post. I have a magnet that reminds me to do one thing every day that scares me. Gets me out of that comfort zone.

  6. Great post, Karen. It reminds me that there are layers of fear within all of us. Post traumatic stress is often so deeply buried – from years and years of pushing it down – that it often only returns when we speak about a present fear that we cannot seem to understand the roots of. This is why working with a compassionate listener – counselor, therapist, spiritual director, e.g. – is so important. None of us does all of this work alone. Thank you for this clear reminder that we can do it. With help, courage and some patience…anything is possible.

    1. There are many layers Carrie! And working with mentors that we connect with is essential and can really support us, but I found in the end, I had to decide, enough is enough! That my fears were not going to have anymore power over me and that decision changed my life. Not easy, but so liberating! πŸŒˆπŸ’š and from here, you are right. Anything is possible πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

  7. Thank you for this timely post, Karen.
    For many years, I have been working with this topic. It is going the right way, but not as fast as I could wish for.
    I saved your questions in a photo at my mobile phone, so I can look and remember.
    Take good care of yourself.

    1. Thank you Irene. It isn’t easy to free ourselves from our fears but perhaps 2020 is your year! To step out and say β€˜no more!’ May you find peace and freedom from them. πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸ»πŸ’š

  8. Karen,
    Great questions to ponder. I especially like these two.

    Am I ready to face what is hidden in me?
    Am I ready to step into the unknown and all that it holds for me?
    Thank you for the gift to my day.

  9. This whole post speaks to me (as a whole)β€”and immediately because my first underworld guide is my luminous snow leopard. This is also my path to move through the unique pain of fearβ€”which cannot outlast me! I will grow beyond it in my awareness and give it proper respect as I illuminate my worlds within worlds and grow greater within the spaces past the fear!

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