Fear is purely a survival mode; some may defend it as survival instinct. But we didn't come here to survive. Survival isn't good enough. We came here to live and to live fully. All else is a degradation of our own worthiness and defamation towards life itself.
It's easy for me to be transparent about who I am these days because I stopped experiencing the need to pretend or to live up to others' expectations a long time ago. Indeed, it's a big relief to be able to be an open book.
As we become more connected and inter-dependent, there is a growing cross-fertilization of the eastern spiritual and the western scientific traditions. New research is exploring the nature and scope of that which we call "Consciousness."
Our "world" is often given to us through the medium of particular cultural filters, and so each of us is literally hypnotized from infancy to perceive the world in the same way that people in our culture perceive it.
We are facing, as Bruce Lipton and Deepak Chopra recently wrote, the possibility of the collapse of our life support system. Or, I believe, the emergence of something new, something better than we have ever known before.
The manifestations of this quantum-field affect (often referred to as the abstract, or "soft," realm of imaginative insights and visions) are usually left to the eccentric artists, mystics, and fringe creative innovators.