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The Only (True) Antidote for Fear

It’s hard not to freak out these days. Between the rapidly spreading coronavirus and the deeply plunging markets, how’s a girl supposed to stay positive and avoid panicking?

I’ve been asking myself that question a lot.  Then I found a way to quiet my anxiety. And I’m excited to share it with you.

It’s called Selective Attention. You focus on what inspires you and stop dwelling on what scares you.

Easier said than done, right?  Which is exactly what I thought…until I remembered the Receiving Journals I handed out at my Sacred Success retreats.

Keeping a Receiving Journal serves the same purpose as tracking your spending.  But instead of increasing your awareness of money going out, a Receiving Journal forces you to face all the abundance flowing in.

As A Course in Miracles tells us: “Every day a thousand treasures come to me with every passing moment.”  The problem, however, we fail to notice those numerous treasures, especially when fear is ever-present.

To fully access the power of a Receiving Journal, you must understand this: everything that happens is a gift for the receiver, whether it feels ‘good’ or ‘bad.’  The challenge, of course, is to find the treasure in what may seem unpleasant. But even the good stuff can be challenging to receive.

For example, I started noticing how often I’d gloss over expressions of praise or appreciation, without fully taking in the words. So I started listing, in my journal, every compliment I got.

And when I had a tiff with my husband, I actually stopped to figure out the gift. I not only discovered a pattern I was repeating that had messed up other relationships, but it led to the most loving discussion. This went in my journal too.

It’s only been a few days, but I feel a big difference. I’m actually happier, more loving.  Maybe that’s what a Receiving Journal is all about. Not just expanding our ability to receive, but actually increasing our capacity to love.

After all, says the Course, love is the only antidote for fear.  “Any attempt to master fear is useless. The true resolution rests entirely on mastery through love.” 

 Are you open to receiving or do you resist? Leave me a comment below.

Comments & Feedback

  • Susanne Breul

    I loved this so much, I printed it out and will contemplate it in my prayer/meditation time.

  • Andrea

    Wonderful advice Barbara. I read and enjoyed your Book Sacred Success. I am a female engineer with a six figure income that I’ve held for 4 years and 3 months. I got there through my faith in God who inspires me and sustains me and listening to my intuition/inner voice/higher power/ Holy Spirit. When I focus on Him and His gifts, I am calm and happy. He gives me the strength to succeed ever day. I like your idea of keeping a receiving journal and recognizing that both yes and no answers to prayer are divine receipts.

    • barbara huson

      I LOVE everything you wrote, Andrea. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me! Barbara

  • Paula Taylor

    What I am receiving from this quarantine is the amount of time I have for solitude without feeling guilty about being active. I also am excited about the total transformation of the patriarchal paradigm that this catastrophe will bring about.

  • Amy Archer

    Thank you so much, Barbara. This hits home beautifully. As always, your words are a saving grace. Love 4-ever, Amy

  • Lisa Izumi

    Beautiful message,

    When I first read your article, I had just received some negative feedback about my resume. I took it very personally for a few days. From this experience, I learned that I have a very functional resume. When people have the right job for me, they absolutely love my resume and when they don’t, they hate it! Also, the person who interviewed me was a 20 something year old, so I’ve learned to work with more mature aged agents.

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Meet Barbara Huson

When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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