Your imagination can increase or reduce your fear.
In Edinburgh, Scotland, there is a famous rock called Arthur’s Seat. According to local tradition those that manage to climb and sit at the top of Arthur’s Seat will become king of England. Any dream I had of being king of England died half way up Arthur’s Seat when I froze, defeated by my fear of heights.
Most people have a fear, and the fear increases if you are a visual thinker, as your brain plays out visual horror stories of what could happen to you. This happened to me crossing a bridge last week over a great height as cars hurtled below. My imagination treated me to pictures of the bridge collapsing, me being blown off the bridge, and me going under the tyres of large lorries. It was hard crossing that bridge, my heart racing, crouched, trying to ignore the horrors below me.
My fear of heights was so bad I was unable to climb up the type of metal stairs found on the outside of buildings without freezing. I used my imagination to visualise a giant hand that was protecting me as I climbed the stairs. I was able to conquer my fear of climbing the stairs in this way.
Beyond our conscious self our subconscious has a suggestible sense of reality; the hypnotist can bypass our conscious self and place suggestions of reality into the human mind that the subconscious will believe. Via our imaginations we have a direct link to our subconscious, so we can either increase or decrease our fears depending on the pictures we put there.