Fear 2.0 = Stop Surviving, Start Evolving


If you are reading this now, you might have read my other blog on fear. In it, I talk about the prevalence of fear in our society.

Stress = Fear; therefore, if you are stressed out, your nervous system is struggling to survive – and your emotions are survival energy.


We suffer when we choose to merely survive instead of grabbing the opportunity to evolve. In my book Evolution Revolution, Chapter 5 – “Emotional Intelligence 101” – describes a framework for capturing the wisdom in our emotions. This can be very useful.

To come closer and more directly to the truth of who we are, the invitation is to realize that emotions are just waves of energy that support the nervous system to survive. The basis of each emotion is fear, and when we realize this, we are free to let emotional energy flow as a simple life force energy.

Even as complex human beings, we are simply an organism with a nervous system – an organism’s whose sole function is to survive, and each of our emotions is in support of not dying:

Anger – What to resist to survive.

Sadness – You have lost something in which you invested energy, something crucial for your survival, or something that is no longer useful and, therefore, it’s time to let it go.

Joy – An evolutionary signal you are doing something right for survival.

Fear – What to avoid for survival and a warning to the tribe.

Sexual – Propagate so your genes are passed on and your species survives.

Disgust – Concrete behavior to get rid of something toxic; spit it out to survive.

Love – Affection developed so that the tribe sticks together; strength in numbers.


Instead of suppressing or repressing our emotional energy, we can evolve past survival mode by simply letting this energy flow through our nervous system.

Breathing and providing our body with what it needs enables this biochemical event to continue as easily and as efficiently as possible.


We are not born to hate – we ARE born to survive.

You may be familiar with the “friend or foe” analysis that happens – this is a survival mechanism. The nervous system and brain do this:

  1. There’s ME, who is a part of US, and then it’s US versus THEM.

  2. This ME and this US must survive; therefore, there is a THEM to survive against.

  3. We then favor the US, our in-group, by channeling more resources their way, being more open to another US, and letting our guard down around some other US.

It’s easy to see how this is coming to light in our current political landscape – it’s an old mode of operating in an open global economy.

There’s a lot more to add to this, but for now, if you are reading this, you want to evolve, and you are available to exist beyond survival – Congratulations!!


My book Evolution Revolution: Conscious Leadership for an Information Age is your handbook on how to recognize and manage the effects of fear:

“The wisdom behind fear is there’s something that wants attention. Fear is an invitation to be alert, see, notice, and take productive action.

With a promotion, a new project, or when you’re poised on the edge of your next learning experience, you may feel fear energy. This is a call to be clear about what to focus on within yourself while you expand in your career.

Fear is momentum energy designed to put us into action. Consciously experience fear rather than allow fear patterns of fight, flight, freeze, or faint to put you into survival mode. When we are in survival mode, we create unconscious, unwanted outcomes and results.”

~from Evolution Revolution: Conscious Leadership for an Information Age, Chapter 5 – Emotional Intelligence 101

This article was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated