‘Fear is the passageway between the known and the unknown. It is the passageway we are asked to walk through as we go beneath the concepts, labels, and images that make our world familiar and safe. In deeper levels of meditation there is an existential fear that is touched upon. This fear has no specific object; it is not the fear of the dark, of people, of failure, but the fear that comes to visit us when it is no longer possible to define ourselves or anything in our world. We are not asked to endure this fear, survive it, or suffer with it, but to welcome it and explore it, leave it if we wish and understand that it is the forerunner of freedom. Fearlessness does not mean that fear arises, but it entails our willingness to turn toward it, understand it, and find within it the simplicity of being present…

Finding simplicity within our hearts asks us to let go, just as the emergence of simplicity in all our lives asks us to let go. We let go of the stories, the beliefs, the fears, and our hearts learn to sing. Wandering in the wilderness, our sense of being lost ends the moment we find traces of the path. The wilderness is no longer an enemy. We appreciate the towering trees as well as the thorns and brambles. We are able to say, “I know you” and discover an unshakeable presence.’  Christina Feldman

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    • My son taught me this. After struggling with nightmares, he finally conquered them on his own. He learned that by turning and facing whatever was chasing him, the “evil” disappeared. The fear was only an emotion he had allowed when he was faced with an unknown situation. By SEEING the evil and facing it, it lost its power. Fear keeps us from so many truths. We all have darkness, we all have things that are difficult. We have to learn to accept that in us. That does not mean we condone our weaknesses, but we accept that they are present, and by facing them and acknowledging them, we take away their power and we can begin to CHOOSE our actions instead of being controlled by our fear.


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