My father told me a story about how he faced his fears when he was a child and I wanted to share that with you. This story shows how fear is only a negative thought in our mind and that thought can be changed to a positive thought and experience.
When my father was a child and growing up in a little village in India, he used to walk home from visiting his relatives or friends and sometimes it would be dark when he did so. Usually my grandfather would walk with my father and my father felt comfortable walking in the darkness. Some days when he had to walk alone, my father looked at this huge ‘thing’ and had fearful thoughts. He thought it was something sinister. After a few days of feeling fearful, he mustered courage and walked up to this ‘thing’ and poked it. He then realised that this was the banyan tree that he always saw on his way home. He hugged the tree feeling very happy, picked up a stick and drew a face on that tree to make it friendlier. After that day, he never felt fearful during the nights that he used to walk home alone.