Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I've been having an ongoing converstation with several friends about fear. What are the kinds of things that cause people to cringe or hold back? My take is that most people fear themselves more than anything else.
Marianne Williamson said it best "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
I often wonder what sort of people we would be if we were less scared of our trueselves. Would we be spiritually powerful communities? would we be able to treat our friends and family healthfully? would our world be a little less choatic?
I don't know the answers to these questions. All i know is that there are aspects of ourselves that we don't know how to deal with and we fear that if we allow these aspects to appear, we will have no control over them. But in reality, all aspects of ourselves, both feared and unfeared, are all part of us and thus are controled solely by us.
We must be brave and look at all of what we are. Accept all of what we are and move forward from that point.We all desire the courage to face ourselves ; to be who we were made to be. But we must remember that courage is not a lack of fear.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela