Hi all, I just read a post from Alan Gordon talking about asking questions we already know the answer to and I think that these are both those but, here goes anyway: 1) re fear, everyone talks about moving through it, ignoring it, talking back etc, but what if all of these techniques are keeping you stuck in fear because they mean you’re avoiding feeling fear? I think I need to start accepting my fear, feeling it and allowing it as well as choosing not to believe it. I think I’m using the techniques to avoid fear, as opposed to feeling it first then using the techniques to soothe it. Would this sound correct? 2) re belief/getting back to life, I don’t think I can get to the point where I do everything as normal and don’t even think of my symptoms yet because they’re heart symptoms which are so prominent, they physically stop me doing certain things. I’m not ready and it doesn’t feel sensible. However, I think to portray safety, rather than just powering through them (which is making fear worse and not working), I need to allow it all to be there without resisting or pushing through. Acceptance = safety, is that true? Then, in theory, over time the symptoms settle and I can do more and more, continuing to accept however it goes. Because acceptance suggests whichever is way this goes, I’m going to be OK. Am I onto something here? I feel like this is what Alan Gordon’s somatic tracking is getting at. At the moment I am just pushing and pressuring myself to not feel fear, not stop, not sit down etc because that proves I am OK and that is what heals TMS but I think I’m wrong. It isn’t working, I’ve been doing it for years. I think I’m just using it as a way avoiding how scared, defeated and frustrated I really am. And the truth is that I do feel fear, I’m actually terrified sometimes, and I do need to go gentler. My body can’t keep up. It’s tired. I’ve been pushing it for years. I need stop and listen to what I feel and need and allow it all, accept it and welcome it, but also not believe it. As long as I don’t believe it, I’m safe. Is that right? To anyone who can add clarity and take the time to reply - thank you so so much.