Fear is the Mind-Killer


by David Nova

There’s an old saying, said to be a Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” It is said to be a curse because when “times” are un-interesting they are static, calm, and generally more peaceful. When interesting things happen in the history of our 3D Earth, they bring great change and great challenges, and they are generally not received peacefully.  

We are beings who secretly dislike any form of change or disruption, even when such change may ultimately be beneficial to us. Change brings chaos to our ordered lives. Great change usually springs from a place of desperation, when we reach a breaking point. We seldom seek great change. It seeks us. Ultimately, it comes from a place deep within us, forcing us to progress in a new direction.

We are indeed in the midst of interesting times, scary and challenging times. No one promised us life here would be easy. That’s a hard pill to swallow, I know. We are beings who secretly dislike difficulty. Many of us instinctively remember how much easier life is on the other side of the veil. Yet many of us still volunteered to come here, to bring change. That’s another hard pill to swallow.

When faced with a challenge, for example climbing Mount Everest, some people view the challenge with anticipation and excitement while others might view it with fear and dread. Often one’s viewpoint depends if one believes they have freely chosen to face and overcome this challenge. In all matters on Earth our freewill comes into play. We must choose how we perceive any challenge before us.

There’s another saying from one of my favorite novels, “Dune,” by Frank Herbert. It’s a litany that Paul Atreides employs to conquer his own fear.

I must not fear. 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. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Fear is indeed a mind-killer. In the moment that we are seized by fear, it kills our rationality and common sense, it kills our emotional maturity and higher spiritual connection. It causes us to behave as if we were a trapped animal. It triggers panic and a sense of helplessness. Too much fear causes stress which harms our body. It is the prime weapon that the darkness uses against us, to control us, if we allow it.

Our fear often stems from our inability to know the future. Our fearful anticipation of something is often worse that what actually transpires. We build the fear up in our mind and inflate it until it consumes us, until we become a prisoner to it. Obviously, there are extreme exceptions, such as torture. 

Our fear is our Mount Everest to climb and overcome. We can choose to face the mountain with dread or we can view it as a challenge for personal growth.  Fear is one of the hardest teachers we have in this 3D Earth classroom. It’s what keeps us imprisoned in darkness. 

excerpt from SOTS: Book Two, Chapter 40

“The greatest evil you fear is death, but there is no death because no one ever truly dies.  This fear is the illusion of separation, that you are separated from Love.  But you are no more separated than the branch is from the tree.”

The root of many of our fears is the fear of death, the greatest unknown we face in our human incarnation.  Yet if we can conquer our fear of death, if we can grasp that this life is just a transitory dream in the middle of eternity, we can pretty much conquer any fear.


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