5 Thoughts On Fear

5 Thoughts On Fear

Earlier this month I wrote that the entire month of November would be dedicated to Thanksgiving and Gratitude.

Based on that… you might find the title slightly strange. Why would I want to write about 5 Thoughts On Fear when the month is supposed to be about gratitude?

Two reasons:

  1. I’m extremely grateful that I don’t live in fear and that I have no reason to live in fear.
  2. I sense that fear gets in the way of people pursuing their dreams with purpose and intention. This, in turn, gets in the way of expressing deeply felt gratitude.
5 Thoughts On Fear

Bene-Gesserit Litany Against Fear from Dune

On Thanksgiving day a book arrived for me from the US titled The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. I read it on the train on the way to Brussels to teach a workshop. It’s excellent and I highly recommend it… it will go on the recommended books page (coming soon). The first thought comes from that book…

5 Thoughts On Fear

Here’s the first of 5 Thoughts On Fear:

Fear is the human motive of aversion. Fear doesn’t help us commit to higher aims. It doesn’t help us imagine greatness. Its sole aim is immediate release from threat, strain, or pain. It often becomes a by-all-means-necessary approach to controlling any given situation so that the body – but most often the ego – can feel safe and unchallenged.

~ Burchard, Brendon (2014), The Motivation Manifesto, Hay House Inc, Carlsbad, California

The second of 5 Thoughts On Fear:

Never allow any fear to enter into you. Face all you meet and see in this world with detachment and courage.

~ Sri Aurobindo (1958,1970), Letters On Yoga Volume II, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry

The third of 5 Thoughts On Fear:

Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the nervous system.

~ Allen, James (1984, 3rd printing), As A Man Thinketh, Grosset & Dunlap, New York

The fourth of 5 Thoughts On 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.

~Herbert, Frank (1965), Dune, Chilton Book Company, New York

The fifth of 5 Thoughts On Fear:

If mankind could but see though in a glimpse of fleeting experience what infinite enjoyments, what perfect forces, what luminous reaches of spontaneous knowledge, what wide calms of our being lie waiting for us in the tracts which our animal evolution has not yet conquered, they would leave all and never rest till they had gained these treasures. But the way is narrow, the doors are hard to force, and fear, distrust and scepticism are there, sentinels of Nature, to forbid the turning away of our feet from her ordinary pastures.

~ Sri Aurobindo (1958, 2000), Thoughts And Aphorisims, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Departmnent, Pondicherry

I don’t have much to write about these 5 Thoughts On Fear… but I sincerely hope you find something among them that you can take away and apply to your life…

I will write this…

Face your fear and move on. Anything else is a waste of time… and you, my friend, are better than that.

Until next time…



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