Fear is Dangerous
Fear is Dangerous
I don't mind death. Every body that is born will also pass away.
But I will not tolerate being hypnotized by fear because every time I succumb to such hypnosis, misery is multiplied for myself and for my people.
What do I mean by not tolerating fear? It means that when fear arises, I turn as much of my attention as possible to my physical structure so that I can experience what's being sensed by the unconscious mind.
In this way, my energy of attention cannot be used to defile myself and my world by propagating fear... and the root of fear naturally gets burned up through my conscious awareness of its sensation.
In addition, I remain open to whatever is coming because I'm aware that I can respond instead of habitually react even when faced with fearful circumstances. As such, I don't pray for protection or for good things to be given to me...as to me that's just fear of being available for whatever experience arises.
For example, when a recent hurricane came to the place where I live, I was aware that my body could pass away, especially when I heard trees cracking and falling and received news that a nearby power plant was "uncontrollably releasing toxic hydrogen sulfide".
Immediately upon hearing the news, I directed my attention to my physical sensations and breathing while witnessing fear, and my mind came to accept physical death as a possibility. Every time fear arose in me, I approached it in the same way.
I was able to respond to my children's concerns and to the concerns of friends who were worried about our safety without going into a pattern of fear with them. I considered evacuating, but it was obvious without leaving our home that we wouldn't make it out because of fallen trees.
I noticed that the winds were blowing strongly in the direction of the power plant, and I trusted that our bodies would be kept safe by the wind if that was meant to be. Moreover, I also trusted that our bodies would fall ill or even die if that was meant to be.
Instead of being scared of death, my child mind was able to enjoy the events as they unfolded...because no matter what happened I was there and it was clear that not even physical death could disturb the peaceful presence that I am.
(Incidentally, nobody in my home had any symptoms of poisoning, our home and gardens are in great shape, and all of us are enjoying vibrant health to date.)