Afraid of Spiders? (Part 2 of 2)

Arachnophobia – symbolic of our fear of disconnection?

After lunch, I headed over to the teaching room for the start of sessions. I picked out a chair from the circle placed around the room and sat down. As I waited for my fellow students to arrive, my thoughts turned to my conversation with Karina. Her remarks on the symbolism of spiders as told by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon, was both encouraging and intriguing to me.

I’ve always had a professional fascination with the fear of spiders. In my counseling work, I’m aware that treating arachnophobia requires a different approach from other phobias and irrational fears. The therapeutic technique I use from Energy Psychology methods has its own distinct protocol. Furthermore, when it comes to irrational fears, arachnophobia beats all. Interestingly, it is the most prevalent phobia in the Western world—yet apparent not so within indigenous cultures.

  • What is it about spiders that puts them top of the scary things list?
  • Why is this phobia such a significant part of the human condition?

Our Western rational minds cannot figure this out. Our fearful response to spiders far outweighs their inherent threat to our survival. After all, the majority of spiders are quite harmless and their physical presence is hardly an imposing one—unless they gang up of course.

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Afraid of Spiders? (Part 1 of 2)

The week before last, despite a mountain of work to do in preparation for the launch of my Mastery Classes in September, I attended a short course at the Schumacher College in Devon presented by the contemporary philosopher and “sacred activist” Charles Eisenstein.

The course was designed to explore the ideas and notions in Eisenstein’s latest book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. This is a work that acknowledges this time of social and ecological crisis as being symptomatic of the Western mind’s “Story of the People” breaking down. He suggests that our senses are awakening to a New Story, a narrative that expands and includes the wisdom of all of the Earth’s peoples, one that will underpin a

… new kind of civilization, an Age of Reunion to follow the Age of Separation.

The coming Age of Reunion will reawaken the Western mind to the interconnectedness of the World’s ecosystems and of all life at a deeper spiritual level of existence. It requires us to recognize, honor and include the stories told by our indigenous peoples, and to examine fully our perception of the world through our belief systems. As Eisenstein remarks,

… we can say that the ecological crisis—like all our crises—is a spiritual crisis… encompassing all aspects of our humanity.

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