Friday, March 30, 2012

Past Lives & Phobias: a Theory


PROLOGUE
from MONAD 12.21.12 The Awakening of Stella Steinar

"He placed the long, thin needle meticulously on the tray with the other sterilized instruments.  It had to be at least a foot long.  I tried to look away, think of something else.  I was about to die.  Again.  It wasn’t the first time—and it wouldn’t be the last.  A new life was waiting for me.  I was faced with many uncertainties.  There were only two things that I was certain of. 
My name will always be Stella.
And my fate will always be the same."



Whether you’re a believer or not, and for the sake of this exercise, let’s just assume for a moment that past lives are real and that you’ve lived many, many lives before this one.  Come on, humor me and play along. 

Now, follow me as I derail to another topic: phobias.  Not the obvious kind of phobia that results from a bad childhood trauma, but the unexplainable kind, its origin peculiar and unknown.  Aha!  You see where I’m going with this, right?  No?  Well, let me explain a little further and I promise it will make sense.  

I have a theory.  I’ll choose a generic, common phobia as an example—acrophobia, a fear of heights.  When you break it down, the phobia ultimately manifests as a fear of death—that the risk of being high above the ground will result in an accident, a slip or fall or some other freak way of plunging helplessly downward to your untimely demise.  You don’t know why, when, or how you developed this primal fear—you’ve never fallen like this before and obviously you’re alive now, so it didn’t originate in this lifetime.  So perhaps you fell to your death in a previous life.  You with me so far?

This idea is not original, by any means.  Many have explored and treated phobias based on this very thought process.  But I’ve got something else to add here.  Something for you to ponder, and it might just save you time and money spent in hypnosis and regression therapy sessions, or it may simply allow you to enjoy life a little more—phobia free.

My theory is this:  Stella Steinar is unique (and fictional!).  The chances of dying the same death you’ve already experienced in a past life must be…astronomical!  It would be a pointless step in our soul’s evolution.  So, even though you may harbor this wretched fear of heights (or whatever it may be), you can rest assured it won’t be how you actually die this time around.  Voila!  You see?  You’ve been wasting precious time, fretting over the wrong things! 


So as you climb that ridge and shudder at the thought of peeking over the edge of the cliff, the beads of sweat forming on your brow while your heart pounds like a locomotive in your breast, remind yourself, “This is not how I am destined to leave this earth.”  It may put things into perspective and allow you to appreciate the view.

But beware!  It will be the thing you expect the least, the thing you don’t fear, that will creep up on you when Death comes knocking on your door.  Does this mean we should start to fear everything?  That we can avoid death by abusing the theory?  “Oh, I’m afraid of…today, so conveniently, I won’t die.”  Sorry, Charlie.  It doesn’t work like that.  My theory only applies to real phobias.  Faking is not possible and either is immortality.

What I’m saying is, it’s plausible to overcome your fears if you try this advice.  Recite this mantra the next time you find yourself catatonic, unable to pry your white-knuckled grip from the railing six floors up:  “I recognize that I have this ridiculous phobia, that it’s always been with me even though I don’t understand it.  I have it because I may have died this way in a past life.  But this is a new life and it’s not how I am meant to leave this earth today.”  Good luck!

DISCLAIMER
T. Anderson has not personally tested the theory
described above and assumes no responsibility for the
safety of those who attempt it.  This theory was written purely
for entertainment purposes only.  Use at your own risk.

What kind of phobias do you have?  Funny, weird, obscure, bizarre?

Do you believe your phobia is the result of a past life experience?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love this theory.. Makes complete sense.. Can't wait to try it out!
T. Anderson, you're fantastic :)