Facing Fear is an 87-minute documentary that follows the journey of a man catapulted into fear after receiving devastating news. That man was Australian filmmaker Bill Bennett and he set off around the world seeking experts to learn how to handle his own deepest fears. Then, as the pandemic hit, fear hit globally. In the film, we hear from experts Lt. Col. (Rtd) Barney Morris, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Caroline Myss, James Van Praagh, Sister Jenna, Lee Carroll, Paul Selig, Judith Richards, Foster Gamble, Michael Tamura, Dr. Dean Radin, Dr. Lissa Rankin and more.
Bill Bennett explains, “When I started putting Facing Fear together, I didn’t realize how much fear I had. I didn’t realize that fear dictated so many decisions and choices I made on any given day. And how fear had come to define how I looked at others, and how I looked at the world. And indeed, how I looked at myself.
“I also didn’t realize the pernicious nature of fear – how it stifles creativity and productivity and growth. How fear shuts down hope. How it seeds hatred, bigotry, domination and on a larger scale, how it triggers conflict and war. During production of the film, I learned how constant stress – a form of fear – is the cause of most illnesses and diseases, and that your fearful thoughts can in fact lead to your death. There was so much I didn’t know about fear.
“But during the course of the three years it took to make the film, and through lengthy and at times intense conversations with some of the world’s leading experts on fear, I slowly came to understand what fear is exactly, how it works, why it works the way it does – and perhaps most importantly, how we can manage our fears so that we can lead more stress-free lives. As one of the interviewees said: If you can get on top of your fear, you’re free!
“Now having completed the film, I consider myself to be largely free of fear. I still have fears, of course, but they’re the basic innate survival fears of the species. They’re what’s known as real fears and they’re bolted into my DNA. But I now know the difference between real fears and false fears – the “made-up stories” that used to keep me awake at night and used to fill me with anxiety throughout the day. They’re gone because I now have methods and processes that I can employ to deal with false fears should they arise.
“I also understand that not all fear is bad, and that it can be a vital force for motivation and transformation. And I welcome this fear because if it doesn’t present itself when I take on a new challenge, then I know I’m not pushing my boundaries hard enough.
“I hope that those who watch this film will gain a greater understanding of what fear is and how it works – and they too will begin to rid themselves of unnecessary fear.”
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