The Fear of Being Known

At the beginning of this year I convened a circle of loyal friends and clients. I shared with them my dream to start a consumer-based movement for entrepreneurs who wish to make a difference with their products and services. The days after this meeting a fear began to surface: that of being known. As the founder of this movement I am also inclined to speak in public and deliver a message. Although that moment hasn’t arrived, it is getting closer.

Tyrion Lannister

It made me think of the words by Tyrion Lannister as he advises the Queen Daenerys in the Game of Thrones: “Are you afraid? You should be. You’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying.” I have always had a love for mythic stories and fairy-tales. They told me more about the nature of reality, then most other movie genres. And yet I wondered why I was afraid of something that I had never done before.

Where did this particular fear come from? Maybe I was once the leader of a movement and played a public role. Did I have a traumatic experience? Was I betrayed? No fear stands on its own. True or not. The fear is real. And it tells me, just like in the television series, it’s about power, betrayal and survival. Where people strive for power in order to survive, deep down they are afraid to loose that power and suffer.

Survival however is only a phase in our evolution, not a permanent stage. We are entering a new phase that is beautifully summarised by the musician Jimi Hendrix: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” I feel this is exactly what is happening to us right now on a global scale. I intend to ride this wave with my movement – and help turn our deepest fears and wounds into a source of energy and inspiration.