My problem is I am afraid of the torch, any ideas on how to get
over the fear of being around beginning students lighting torches.
I'm guessing that this is something that is not a trivial matter for
you. I can't answer your specific question, as I don't have the same
fear. However, speaking as someone who has to find a way to deal
with various fears, i thought I might speak up.
I believe that where there is one fear, there is usually a few more.
I also believe the old adage "face your fears head-on" is dead wrong.
I have faced my fears before and was only left terrified and a bit
Try to find what would bring you comfort. In the class I was in, the
torch was lit inside a big fire-proof box with only the front of the
box open. This seems like it might help. You could let your
instructor know of your nervousness before the class. That way
he/she might be sensitive enough to not scare the ** out of you.
I have a fear of crowds. It's a pretty big one for me. I never go to
wholesale shows. However, since I would like to exhibit at larger
retail shows, I have to find a way to deal with it. To me, the
construction of my jewelry display case is very important. It has to
be made in such a way that it will provide a comfortable barrier
between me and the public (with no room for anyone to come behind
the jewelry case itself as this is my "space"). To someone without
such fears, this behavior sounds bizarre, but such is life. I do what
Good Luck, and know that your mind is making your fear bigger and
bigger. If you find a way to go to the class and go through having
the torch lit by a student, you'll probably look back and say, "that
wasn't bad at all"