Monday, June 25, 2007

Fear and Love


I believe that every human being has encountered fears of a wide spectrum, several times. Anyone who says that he has never felt fear is a fake, or mentally ill, or both.

Courage does not mean never feeling fear. It means feeling fear and overcoming it. In moments when the lower nature gives fear-impulses to the brain, it is my strategy to absorb the fearing mind into the repetition of a mantra-- a simple phrase that "distracts" the mind from fear-thoughts.

We keep "running" the phrase until, sooner or later, the fear simply evaporates, or goes away. Clearing the mind in this way allows the thoughts of God, of Love, to come in. Fear and Love cannot coexist, and Love casts fear out, as it says in First John 4:18.

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