|10 of Swords from the Sirian Starseed Tarot|
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela
The one suffering from fear and anxiety may do well to ask herself what the purpose of fear is. This question could, when pondered deeply, lead to the liberation one seeks.
In essence, all fear is a test of character. It does not make you less, it simply makes your choices more urgent... So in a sense, much fear means that you are experiencing one of those defining life lessons where your every movement is watched by the powers that be to see what your next lesson should be.
But there is no judgement and you would do well not to judge yourself. The lesson only changes until all fear is transmuted and God doesn't care how long it takes for you to do that - only that you are willing to try.
The purpose of fear is to open you wider for love, until you become a pure vessel for God's love and light. That is all. So thank God when you feel fear gripping you. Thank God and grab hold of your Sword of Light, calling on Archangel Michael and his angels to surround you and protect you.
Then SHINE! Or cry like a baby. Both are just as valid. Remember, it sometimes takes more courage to cry than to fight.