“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.”
- Frank Herbert, Dune
What a brilliant set of words to describe the truth about fear. So much of our lives is ruled by it, driving our choices, clouding our judgment, limiting our potential. An intellectual understanding of this is just one layer of the truth. Digging deeper we find the physiological repercussions of this mental form throughout our body heightening our awareness of it and distorting our ability to know it for what it truly is - a primal human response designed to protect us from physical harm or death. But we fear so much in our lives when we are most certainly not in danger of physical harm or death.
If we let this fear take hold it stunts us and we operate from a place of limits and boundaries - with the mindset of a human animal seeking only to feed and clothe himself, searching only for the most basic of human needs, and in that limitation we am cut off from the higher thought elements of ourselves, and thereby create exactly the limitations that we fear so much.
And this is the irony of the self fulfilling prophecy of fear. Most of us at least do not need fear for our lives on a daily basis, nor whether we can eat or sleep in a warm home. We are incredibly lucky and fortunate. We owe it to ourselves and to the world to use that fortunate position in which we find ourselves to take the next step and walk through that fear towards our limitless potential.
What is it that you fear the most in your life today, and how does that fear drive your choices?
Is that fear and your minds manifestation of it creating the precise limits you fear so much?
And what if you were to break free from it, to “permit it to pass over (you) and through (you)”? What then would remain?