Firstly, it’s important to say that you cannot ‘spread fear’ by raising the topic of something fearful – like fear of death for example. In a fully self-realised being, there is no fear, because there is always realisation of the One Self, which lives on through eternity. So fear can only activate where it already lies.
In other words, fear only ever comes up because it is already within. People carry it, often subconsciously. And while it exists, it’s always going to be limiting, even if the tendency is to temporarily white-wash over it with some positive gloss.
In the Openhand Approach, the only truly effective and lasting way to overcome fear (to dissolve it), is by the direct confrontation of it; to get into it, and deeply explore it.
Utkata is a Sanskrit word meaning “fierce,” “proud,” “immense,” “difficult,” “wild” or “frightening.” It is well-known in yoga as the root word for two important yoga asanas: utkatasana and utkata konasana. As a word and a concept, utkata reminds yogis of the need to build strength, determination and discipline through yoga asanas.
Additional asans with utkata in their name include: parivrtta utkatasana, utthita utkata parsvakonasana, parivrtta utkata konasana and utthita parivrtta utkatasana.
“To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” ~ Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
Not everyone loves scary movies, but for the people who do, there are a few theories as to why—the main one coming down to hormones. When you’re watching a scary movie or walking through a haunted house, you get all the adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine from a fight-or-flight response, but no matter how scared you feel, your brain recognizes that you’re not really in danger—so you get that natural high without the risk.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ~ Unknown