One hears thunder clap unexpectedly. First comes fear, then a sharpened vision. Recall any close brush with danger — a falling branch, an automobile accident barely avoided, an escape from a potentially violent confrontation. Such incidents arouse every nerve in your body — perhaps in a brief wave of panic — but soon, once the danger has passed, the reaction gives way to a heightened awareness. The same process also occurs with other types of shock — the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, business failure and so on.
The lasting impact of a major shock can be stimulating or debilitating, depending upon your inner strength of character. The critical factor is the ability to become immune to fear, thereby enabling you to transform anxiety into laser-sharp perception.
When overtaken by crisis, the wise look within and search their hearts for strengths, in order to face the world with courage. Courage can mean daring to take the unexpected path, to bounce back quickly after failure, or to have faith in the meaning of life when confronted with death.
We tend to think of shock in the context of unpleasant events. We can also be jarred, however, by the sudden release of tension that comes with an unexpected success. To keep your bearings in the aftershock of either trauma or victory, it is essential that your inner compass be aligned with “true north” — the magnetic force that guides you toward fulfillment of your deepest desires and your highest destiny. Prepare yourself now to take some jarring surprise in stride. Meditate a little bit to center yourself. A calm reaction — to either gains or losses that may arise — will help you surmount shocks to your system.