Posted by: Walt Curtis | May 3, 2011

Fear Not

Throughout the books in and based on Frank Herbert’s “Dune” series, there is mention of a “litany against fear.” Much of it has application in Anchored Living™, although the first line is better as, “I arrest my fear.” The next few lines do fit nicely:

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.

In this world at least, fear is instinctive to actual and perceived threats. It’s where our well-known ‘fight or flight’ reactions come from. To decide between these, it is best if we face fear by involving our mind as fast as possible.

It is not the emotion of fear that we arrest. Let the overwhelming emotion happen; sometimes we will be shaken like a young child’s bug-in-a-box treasure. What we resist is fighting or fleeing mindlessly.

Anchor principles focus on living … on action. Since fear can arrest action, we must arrest fear in order to live more fully with light, goodwill, peace, forgiveness and love. (LiGoPeFoLo).

Once our mind is online, we can step into love, the best context for the best decisions. This can happen in a fraction of a second, and in the face of real danger, speed is essential. Sometimes we must run, and especially then, a mind frame of love helps us choose and act best.

When there is no immediate danger, looking at the situation from love helps us see what’s really going on more clearly. We get a better notion of the paths, the results, of possible things we can do and say in situations that flash fear. Looking along the possible paths, we can then choose the best one. If you keep track of actions and words you choose in this manner, you will probably be surprised to notice that the best is often one of the more difficult paths.

Anchored Living™ is a series of adventures. And although I would not call life dangerous, I am reminded of a quote from Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit”:

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

May we make our journeys safer and more fulfilling with light, goodwill, peace, forgiveness and love.

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