FEAR-A Powerful 4-Letter Word by guest blogger Pamela Savage

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I have become increasingly aware, as I am sure many of you have, of the power wielding four letters       F E A R.

FEAR as defined by the Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus states, “an unpleasant emotion caused by exposure to danger, expectation of pain, etc., a state of alarm (be in fear)”.

We are bombarded by the news media, signs, radio, television and internet on a daily basis of the myriad forms of fear that awaits each and every one of us.  We are being asked to buy into the inevitability of disease, lack, discord, despair or hatred affecting us in some way.  What a daunting picture.

However, the flip side of the picture is encouraging. There are more self-help groups, alternative medical treatments, inspirational speakers, and church groups reaching out through the same information Medias contradicting the imposition of doom and gloom daily.

Even the medical community is making great strides in studying the effect of fearful thought on our health and well-being.  Dr. Lissa Rankin has been studying the placebo and nocebo effects on health.  Dr. Rankin’s findings revealed, “The placebo effect is real, it works about 18-80% of the time, and it is not just in your head…”.  While the nocebo effect showed that, “The same mind-body power that can heal you can also harm you”.

The placebo effect is the belief that a patient is receiving a drug or surgery when actually he/she is receiving ‘dummy drugs’ or ‘simulated treatments’ (working in 18-80% of patients tested) and the nocebo effect is when a patient is given a placebo and then a list of negative side effects.  The study revealed that these negative suggestions such as, nausea, headaches and loss of hair were more often than not experienced by the patients tested.

It seems that expecting good health and well-being helps to lead us to good health and well-being. The positive step of consciously expecting good taken daily can help dissolve the negative effects of fearful thinking.

Mary Baker Eddy, a woman who studied in depth the effect of thought and spirituality on health wrote in her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously”.  The Bible was Mrs. Eddy’s  only authority and her work is based on its teachings.

This statement inspires and empowers me to be careful of what I think.  Am I going to believe in the effects of negative, fearful thought, or am I going to believe in the power of good – even spiritual -thinking expecting to experience good health and well-being?

We have the choice to make.

Let’s make the right one.


Pamela is in the full time practice of Christian Science. She lives in Nottingham, Maryland with her husband, golden retriever and Siamese cat.  She enjoys hiking and the outdoors.


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