During the Paleozoic era, in the Devonian period,
around 370 million years ago, the first amphibians
developed from the bony fish, whose fins evolved
These creatures were able to live in the water, and
on land as well.
Later on, in the Carboniferous period, around 310
million years ago, the first reptiles evolved from
the most dominant amphibians.
These reptiles were very primitive, and small lizard
Since then and until now, the lizards still have a primeval
brain, which is only concerned with instinctual
The Reptilian Brain
The amygdalae ( Greek for almonds ), are two almond
shaped groups of neurons located deep in the temporal
lobe of our brain.
Their main concern is, (a) basic survival instincts like:
body growth and maintenance, food, reproduction and
fight-flight-freeze; and (b) emotions like:
fear, anger, memory and pleasure.
This is the most primitive part of our brain — and
although it has been developing for almost 280 million
years, it is still similar to the total brain of a Lizard, as
far as its capacity and perception are concerned.
Unfortunately, this Lizard brain’s education is still
based on the many million years of evolution, without
developing and adjusting — and it is most irrelevant to
our modern way of life.
As a consequence, we choose to behave in such primal,
savage and crude ways, that cause us thousands of
problems during our life.
Those primitive threats of the past do not exist any more,
for us to react in the same way as those prehistoric times.
Therefore, our survival instinct instead of helping us, it is
doing exactly the opposite — hurting us.
Fear, one of the strongest emotions, is an extremely
Fear can paralyse you by triggering the “ fight or flight ”
response, and actually make you ill.
Come Out On Top
The physical feelings of fear are very scary, because
your Lizard brain keeps on sending danger signals
to your body; even though you, yourself, can see that
there is nothing life threatening, and your fear is
obviously out of balance.
So you do need to use mental and physical ways to
overcome this extremely disturbing feeling:
M o d u s
a) Realise that fear is only a primeval feeling
that exists merely to save your life — and most
likely you are not in a life threatening situation.
Therefore, do not give it any priority, and dissociate
yourself from it.
b) Decide whether your fear is justified and valuable
in any way at all, or you are simply disrupting and
obstructing yourself from succeeding in your goals.
c) Know deeply within yourself that you really are
capable of handling everything; and do trust yourself.
d) Recognise that when you take decisions with
the attitude of “ just in case “, this again is your fear
disguised as protection.
So refrain from any Just In Case resolutions.
e) Ask for spiritual guidance to assist you in fighting
This will make you feel connected to an entity that
is greater than yourself.
f) Always, try to surround yourself only with brave
and courageous people, who can make you feel positive,
strong and inspired.
g) Always, try to stay active and exercise on a daily
basis to take your mind away from your fears.
Bring To Pass
Overcoming your fears is very difficult and challenging;
but when you have finally managed to conquer them,
you will immediately feel relieved and free.
Defeating fear is a skill.
Learn it well, in order to live a peaceful, successful and
” Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them ”
Epictetus c. 55 AD – AD 135
” There is no illusion greater than fear ”
Lao-Tzu 6th – 5th century BCE – 531 BCE