“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
– from 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert
In June 2001 for almost 3 months I was totally living without fear. There was no awareness of it or attention to It. This was an incredibly empowered, clear, calm, and in some ways, very quiet place to be in and interact with the world from. When I felt fear for the very first time I couldn’t believe how disempowering, sickening and weakening it was. I wondered how people could live this way and function at all!
I managed to live and deal with it and over time forgot what it was like to viscerally feel that empowered state of really being fearless. Now and again I find this state sometimes through grace, sometimes through meditation and some times even laughter. It is a continuous process to be able to catch and see Fear and all its permutations, to banish it and be relieved of it.
Really looking at this thing called fear, it can be seen as a parasitic life form feeding off one’s vitality, one’s strength, and our ability to manifest our true potential.
Just like the fleas and ticks that afflict our animal friends, so does fear afflict us causing dis-ease and torment. Choices made out of, or in reaction to, fear seldom brings that which we truly desire; often the opposite. My invitation to you is to become conscious of fear in your life and rid yourself of it as much as possible and as often as possible.
The ability to call Light to oneself, allowing it to radiate throughout the body, creates an atmosphere where fear can no longer live. Any practice that you do that brings in more light into your body will help to clear you by washing you clean of this crippling, parasitic influence. A simple, daily meditational practice of calling in light, invoking light, breathing in light, imagining, affirming and envisioning light works very well and I highly recommend it. It’s like taking a cleansing, purifying and rejuvenating shower from the inside out!
Breathing in light to the center of your heart and allowing it to radiate through you with each breath for at least 15 breaths is one excellent practice. I often say the little mantra below by Tashira Tashi-ren. It is an excellent affirmation, a declaration of empowerment that I will offer to you to assist in your ongoing illumination process:
I live within the Light.
I love within the Light.
I laugh within the Light
I Am sustained and nourished by the Light.
I joyously serve the light.
For I Am the Light.
I Am the Light.
I Am the Light.
In Light, Love and Service,