Fear is the tool that your Lizard Brain uses to keep you from encountering anything that could disrupt your already unstable sense of self. (T Sebastian)
For this whole dualistic thing to work, it’s important that everyone doesn’t just go wandering off, that they stay onstage and play their role. Fear is the glue that holds the whole thing together and keeps everyone in character… (J Mckenna – Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment)
To look closely at our fear is a direct doorway into self transformation. It leads to the dismanteling of the origins of fear. These reactions that seem to define us do nothing of the sort when we see through them. Then they become the catalyst of a radical leap to a more mature emotional state, which is: The Emotionally Mature Adult Human. (T Sebastian)
To become an adult human is like being born anew into an unimaginalbly different world and having to figure out where you are and how everything works. (J M)
“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.” (Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas)
So, how do we do this? We sit quietly with our fear. We breathe deeply into it. We open up our hearts to feel and pique our curiosity about how this could be. We ask this “arising” questions. We enquire into it’s origins. We thoughtfully and heartfully embrace with empathy that part of us that learned fear so long ago. Over and over til it is “healed”. (T Sebastian)
Guesthouse – (Rumi)
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.