The Illusion of Fear

“There is no illusion greater than fear.” – Lao Tzu

  • Constructed in 1962
  • 605 ft high, 138 ft wide, and weighs 9,550 tons
  • Built into a hole 30 feet deep and 120 feet wide
  • Connected to a foundation with 72 30-foot-long bolts
  • Can withstand winds of up to 200 mph and earthquakes of up to 9.0 magnitude
  • 25 lightning rods
  • Revolving glass floor powered by 12 motors and constructed of 10 layers of tightly bonded glass
  • Cost $4.5 million
  • Visited by 1.3 million guests per year, and nearly 60 million visitors since it opened

The Seattle Space Needle.

These are just a few of the facts.

Nothing to be afraid of… according to the facts.

And, the opinion of my husband who is a structural engineer.

But… something to be afraid of… according to the story I’ve made up in my mind.

Yes, something to be deathly afraid of… heights.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to bust the illusion I had created in my mind and face my fear.

By going up an elevator with a glass window about 50 stories to the observatory deck.

And… (as if it wasn’t enough already to go up 50 stories!), I also had the opportunity to stand on a revolving glass floor and look down at the city.

Sounds like a perfect way to spend the morning to me😉!

I prepared myself mentally for what I was about to do and mustered up some courage before stepping into the elevator with about 20 strangers and my husband.

On the way up, I couldn’t yet stomach looking out the glass window so I just stared at my feet.

41 seconds later, I was stepping out of the elevator and walking towards the observation deck… with only thick, glass panels separating me from the outside world.

I took a few moments to connect to my breath and remind myself that I was safe… according to the facts😜.

It was true that I was safe.

The structure was still standing, and I wasn’t yet free falling into the Seattle skyline.

So, why does my mind like to tell me otherwise?

What are the illusions I’ve created that cause me to believe I’m not safe?

I’m quickly learning that mind is scared… of a lot!

I’ve got my work cut out for me.

Breaking through the illusions I’ve constructed over 37 years is hard work!

Even so, I’m committed to being free.

Each illusion I see through opens up more freedom and possibility so it makes it worth the effort.

How about you?

What illusions have you created that tell you you’re not safe?

What do the facts say?

Here’s to questioning the illusions we’ve created in our mind for the sake of freedom and possibility!

In Ultimate Support of You!


PS After building up my confidence after standing on the observatory deck and rotating glass floor, I was able to look out the glass window of the elevator on the ride back down and take it all in😊!

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