Many people in my network said “no, not my thing” when I inquired if they were interested in investing an evening at a haunted house. While I have a side of me that loves “cheesy” things, I also understand the line of questioning… “Why go to a haunted house?”
I understand it becasue I was asking myself the same thing this past Saturday night, as I was lost in a maze of creative gruesome pointless chaos.
I wasn’t ever really scared, except maybe at the moment upon entering.
But I could feel the energy of fear being created around me, despite the reality of safety.
The funny thing is that haunted houses are a lot more like life than we think…
There are so many ways in which we fear aspects of life because that is the design, but in essence, there is actually nothing to fear and/or there is more to the story.
As Neuropsychologist Risk Hanson said, “To become happier, wiser, and more loving, sometimes you have to swim against ancient currents within your nervous system.”
Haunted houses, scary movies, and other creative outlets for fear-play allow me to build the muscle of “swimming against” ancient ingrained patterns of fear that are not actually based in the present moment reality.
Ironically, I also taught a class yesterday on #Neurosculpting, an evidence-based meditation format used to consciously rewire the nervous system. One of the key take-aways is that feeling safe is an inside job.
For example, if someone jumps out at you in a dimly lit maze and you know they won’t actually hurt you, but you still jump—whose job is it to help you feel safe?
Life doesn’t give us the same assurance as a haunted house, but when there are real threats in our environment, our creative ability to problem solve is a more productive evolutionary response than freezing.
And there are also a lot of things that seem threatening, that are actually not scary at all–like actors doing seasonal work at a haunted house.