Excerpt About Fear

Fear Results from an Attitude of Conflict
We know fear in terms of an emotion, but if you look at it closely, you will see that fear is really based on an attitude of conflict. Fear exists as long as you want something and don’t want something else. If you want something, then you’re afraid you won’t get it. If you don’t want something, you’re afraid you will get it. Fear is the same thing as desire. Fear and desire are two ends of the same stick. If you are afraid of being hurt, then you desire not to be hurt. If you are afraid you’re going to be rejected, then you desire acceptance. So fear is like desire, based on a rejection of what is now. And that goes through all the levels, all the way. Some parts are difficult to see, like fear of death and things like that, but still it’s the same. Fear of death is ultimately fear of life, or desire for it. If you fear the truth, you are afraid things will happen in a way that you don’t want them to happen. You’re afraid if you see the truth, you will feel pain. There is a judgment of pain. There is a rejection of the truth at that very moment because of fear of the pain. If there is fear of truth, it does not need to be rejected, it needs to be understood. What I am saying is something to be investigated. You do not need to accept it on faith. See for yourself.

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