48. there is nothing to fear.
building upon the previous lessons, this lesson posits something that is not entirely easy to believe: there is nothing to fear, as in there is no thing which i, or my reader, should fear.
to that i give a hearty: bah!
there are things that one should fear. for instance, one should have a healthy respect for those in authority, even if/when those in authority do not exercise their authority respectively, fearing what those in authority could do with their authoritative position.
but there are things that one should NOT fear. for instance, one should not have fear of the weather, but one should definitely have a proper respect that severe weather can take one’s life.
so the question is: what am i afraid of?
or asked another way: what is my reader afraid of?
why are those questions important? because that which i fear will hold me back. because what my reader fears will hold them back.
for instance, if i am afraid of the dark, then i will resolve to keep my self in places that are not dark.
for instance, if i am afraid of public critique, which is a form of public ridicule, then i will resolve within my self to have methods of avoiding contact with public criticism.
how do some confront and face those issues? they have a more vulgar means of confronting those issues, they simple don’t give an eff about it.
but for me, and for others, that seems irresponsible and inconsiderate. yet i can appreciate the desire to say truly “eff it!” and blow off anyone who is a critic and blow off any fear of any thing, even the dark.
however, the lesson postulates that when the lesson is titled: there is nothing to fear, the lesson title states a fact, which conveys that the lesson does not convey possibility or probability, but actuality, in all circumstances.
so how is that possible?
the lesson essentially describes that when we believe in our self and in our own abilities we believe not only in illusions and falsehoods, but the presence of fear reveals that we are trusting in our own strength.
for me, i grasp that concept.
however, i am still not one who is going to climb a vertical face of a mountain without some type of safety equipment. label me fearful, but climbing without safety gear shows confidence in one’s own strength, yet many are fearless in doing such. so be it.
the issue is: how do we face the situations of life, because as we face the situations of life people have many fears?
if a person has a fear of the computer, how do they face the computer?
if a person has a fear of the car, how do they face the car?
if a person has a fear of the building, how do they face the building?
all of those seem trite, until we realize that there are people who are afraid to learn how to use a computer, or those who have fear when driving a car, or have fear to drive a car in heavy traffic, or are afraid of the building because of claustrophobia.
how about how some people do not trust music, or trust ideas, or trust words, because they have a fear about what the music, ideas, and/or words can convey?
how about how people have a mistrust of politics, religion, and money, because they have a fear about what is done in the name of politics, religions, and/or money?
how about people who fear sexuality because of things either taught them or things they experienced, or how some fear emotionality because of previous experiences, or how some are afraid of their family because of things that have occurred?
or how there are people who do not trust their personality, or their mentality, or their physicality because others have told them something negative about one or more of those things?
or how some people fear that they can’t make their personal relationships, or their marriage, work, or solve their personal problems, because they feel like they keep finding failure in those things?
or how some people will have fear of their mother, or their father, or their boss, or their co-worker, or their spouse, or their friend, or their enemy, or their neighbor, all because one or more of those negatively affected them in the past?
fear is real, and fear really holds people captive.
yet, the lesson states as fact: there is nothing to fear.
wouldn’t that insinuate that within “there is nothing to fear” resides no reason to fear reprisal and/or punishment from god, the creator?
and perhaps therein lies the greatest difficulty. we as humans, generally, fear the creator.
but to come to that conclusion, one almost has to do all of the following and more:
there is no reason to fear the computer, the car, or the building.
there is no reason to fear music, ideas, or words.
there is no reason to fear politics, religions, or money.
there is no reason to fear sexuality, emotionality, or family.
there is no reason to my personality, my mentality, or my physicality.
there is no reason to fear my mother, my father, my boss, my co-worker, my spouse, my lover, my friend, my enemy, or my neighbor.
there is no reason to fear god, the creator.
as the book postulates:
the awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered god, the creator, and to let the creator’s strength take the place of your weakness.