I think this is a very deep and multi-faceted topic, which in my mind ultimately relates to belief systems and consciousness growth, but i will try not to dwell there too much for various reasons.
Anyways, this topic sort of hit home with me, as i drove my motorcycle to the beach today (a little over a hour and a half ride one way). I didn't have just one, but two harrowing experiences, but oddly elicited two different kinds of fear reactions. One body based, and one more belief system-theoretical based.
The first scenario was a car in front of me put it's blinkers on, and started to turn into the other lane and as it did so, i sped up, but right as i was getting to the space they were just at, they decided last moment to turn back into the lane nearly clipping me in the process. I was somewhat at fault as i had accelerated quite quickly and wasn't driving defensively enough.
Anyways, that was body fear, the adrenaline rush of "oh shite, oh shite, i'm about to crash" because when braking the bike, it started wobbling uncontrollably, almost losing steering control.
That was on the way to the beach (i got over that very quickly). The 2nd experience happened on the way back from the beach to home and about half way or so while on the highway, i went to downshift temporarily and noted with disbelief that my gear shifter was no where to be found, hmm that's odd, maybe my foot is just not well placed, look down, "umm, what is my gear shifter doing hanging down?!"
Immediately i start envisioning a horrible future wherein either 2 or 3 scenarios are likely. 1. i'll have to pull over, pay a crap load of money to get a tow and get home really late, 2. try to make it as far as i can and walk it the rest of the way home, 3. meanwhile possibly get into an accident with a compromised drive system.
Well, i took a few moments, some deep breaths, and sort of (metaphorically speaking) let go and gave it over to a higher power and prayed for help. I decided on option 2. and trying to get as close to my house as possible. Something told me to try to make it.
For this to be the case, I would have to experience no stop and go traffic on the highway, and once off the highway and the rest of the 3 or 4 miles to my house with some 4 traffic lights or so, not encounter a redlight, and pull onto my street, which happens to be a small, gravel road, gracefully and at higher than average speed. Part of me said, "dude, you're f*#&$!"
Much to my grateful surprise, i actually somehow made it fully home in the highest gear, and i didn't have to run a red light or once fully stop (though coming onto the gravel road and not stalling or losing control of the bike was a bit challenging).
Realistically, would it have been the end of the world if situation 1., 2., or even 3. had happened? No, mighty inconvenient and in the last, possibly quite painful (or death). But really, so what? Did i really need to get all stressed out like i briefly did, nope. And not because "it worked out" but because i could have handled the other situations in reality.
Fear, especially fear of the future and of things we can't control, really needs to be put in perspective sometimes. I've found that the more one has faith, and trusts that this universe is basically a good place designed to grow our souls through challenge, but rarely more than we can bear, one can more effectively weather life's storms, deal with fear, and on the occasion call for and receive help when it's actually needed. Well it's hard to not get all spiritual about a subject which is basically spiritual in essence.
Suffice it to say, not even death is really a big deal if you understand what it really means and entails. Speaking as someone who had someone very close to them and beloved, die while transitioning from childhood to adult hood. And someone who has come close to death themselves (not from these incidents, more serious ones).
With many events (even the difficult ones), there is a bigger Plan! But learning to more fully transform fear, that for most takes many lifetimes and lot's of experiences and even the more mature occasionally fall prey to that collective consciousness of the earth. And fear isn't always bad, sometimes it plays a helpful purpose. It becomes limiting when it becomes over prevalent, controlling, or cyclical in nature. An intuition or bad feeling to not board a certain plane or bus, or what not, fine, but starting to worry and fret about the prevalence of plane and bus accidents and limiting exposure based on that..unrealistic, limiting, and fear is controlling you.
Tuning into the bigger Love, naturally and innately dispels fear, they are like oil and water. This is why the man Yeshua Ben Yosef could knowingly go to his torture and murder, because he was so tuned into that bigger Love.