When I’ve encountered it, this kind of fear usually comes from thinking that maybe I’ll lose control in some way of either the work, the spirit/s, or my own mind, my own power (I had a big unrecognised subconscious fear that my resentments towards people I love, like parents, would kind of jump like an arc of electricity if I didn’t hold on tight enough) and above all, fear of losing touch with reality because of things like the phenomena Nick Bonelli describes here.
It seems to me that the only way out is through - I was determined to push through ALL my mental barriers and started that process in summer 2013, which led to me doing all the work I’ve logged on here and a lot more that I haven’t, and that was about forcibly breaking down everything I could find that got in the way of my freedom to explore.
I still have some restrictions in my life right now that I’m accepting for a reason, but that’s part of a wider plan and isn’t based on fear so much as necessity, within the context of some choices and stuff we’ve made.
As long as you dance around these fears and give them an exalted place by letting them dictate what you can and cannot do, they become your god, they become the force you honour more than your own life and own potential.
That’s my take on it, though I have to emphasise I’m in serious pacts with spirits who I KNOW protect me from just doing the equivalent of playing in traffic, and I check in with them ahead of anything new, so I’m not urging outright recklessness, but systematic and planned destruction of anything that falsely holds you back.
Also, I posted about a book that I think everyone should read: Getting your subconscious on your side - PsychoCybernetics.