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.
– Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear – From Frank Herbert's Dune Book Series
The devastation and deepening catastrophe in Japan.
My client in the UK who just got the worst diagnosis for her husband, and has heard the word “widow” applied in relationship to herself for the first time.
Staggering debt. A world in turmoil. Crazed political stances on both sides of the aisle that drive people further and further apart.
There are so many opportunities for fear right now.
Personal fear, political fear, planetary fear.
I wrote recently about what I perceive as the relationship between fear and doubt – how does that play in, when the fear is planet wide, when the stakes are so high?
I believe that the key is to handle our doubt. To step into a space of deep knowing, deep faith. The stance which allows a person to stand firm while letting the fear wash over and through, leaving the empty space in its wake.
It is doubt that keeps you from planting yourself firmly on the ground. Choose to stand firm in this space. Choose to stop running from the fear, which actually feeds it. Choose to face it, and allow it to wash through.
Open to a space where the fear has been faced, and whatever you might offer that is supportive has room to take root and grow.
When I was dealing with so much fear on so many fronts this morning, this litany popped into my mind. I haven’t read Dune in twenty or thirty years – but this is the piece that has always stood out for me, this litany.
I offer it to you today. May it help you to move into the place where loving space can be created, so you be in the space to contribute loving energy to the situation. This may lead you to an action, or it may lead you to contribute peaceful energy. I don’t know what your path will be.
My hope is that you can take in the fear, feel it, allow it to wash through, leaving space that allows love and peace. Choose to be who you can be, and do what you can do, from a loving, mindful place.
If this resonates, please leave a comment!!