Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness
Here, I’d like to examine what some of our well-known spiritual teachers have said about fear. Fear’s obviously one of the biggest hindrances on the enlightenment path, and if we let it, it’ll stop us from doing anything helpful or significant while we’re on earth.
Most of you know by this point that we’ll have to transcend fear altogether if we want to thrive, and until we uproot and transcend this difficult obstacle once and for all, it’ll continue to influence us. Even if its influence is small and subtle, it can hinder us exponentially.
From my experience, I think the best thing we can do is not to all-out avoid or suppress fear, but it explore it if it arises. If we have a moment of fear in our mind, we can ask ourselves why we’re feeling the way we are; really explore the feeling in an effort to transcend it.
We obviously don’t want to let it negatively influence us or keep us from enjoying our lives, and the more we give in to it, the more it’ll hold us back until we’re ready to transcend it. Like everything else that challenges us, fear isn’t meant to take us under – in a sense, it’s meant to help us soar.
It provides the adversity we require to overcome challenges and excel despite any difficulties we face, and for this reason, it’s helpful. We still need to transcend it, however, and we can only do this with a proper level of love in our hearts and willingness in our minds.
Krishnamurti tells us that fear’s created from our attempts to mentally explore or decipher the unknown.
“Fear is not an abstraction; it exists only in relationship to something. Fear does not exist of itself; it exists as a word, but it is felt only in contact with something else.
“The known, past experience, is trying to absorb what it calls the inner solitude; but it cannot experience it, for it does not know what it is; it knows the term, but not what is behind the term.
“The unknown cannot be experienced. You may think or speculate about the unknown, or be afraid of it; but thought cannot comprehend it, for thought is the outcome of the known, of experience. As thought cannot know the unknown, it is afraid of it. There will be fear as long as thought desires to experience, to understand the unknown.” (1)
Attempting to escape reality by mentally embracing the unknown can lead to fear and unhappiness, he advises.
“… If you listen rightly, the truth of all this will be seen, and then truth will be the only action. Whatever thought does with regard to inner solitude is an escape, an avoidance of what is. In avoiding what is, thought creates its own conditioning which prevents the experiencing of the new, the unknown.
“Fear is the only response of thought to the unknown; thought may call it by different terms, but still it is fear. Just see that thought cannot operate upon the unknown, upon what is behind the term, ‘inner solitude.’ Only then does what is unfold itself, and it is inexhaustible.” (2)
In another passage, he affirms that fear and resistance are created out of our ceaseless (and fruitless) attempts to label and understand that which can’t be mentally grasped.
“The known looking at the unknown brings about fear; it is this activity that causes fear. … So your fear is really not of the inner solitude, but the past is afraid of something it does not know, has not experienced. The past wants to absorb the new, make of it an experience. But can the past, which is you, experience the new, the unknown?
“The known can experience only that which is of itself, it can never experience the new, the unknown. By giving the unknown a name, by calling it inner solitude, you have only recognized it verbally, and the word is taking the place of experiencing; for the word is the screen of fear.
“The term ‘inner solitude’ is covering the fact, the what is, and the very word is creating fear.” (3)
In order to experience the unknown without any fear or resistance, I think we should purely and organically seek it without any labels, definitions or mental hindrances. All of these things can create fear, and releasing any mental tension or pressure in regards to understanding spirit will help us grasp it in a real and pure way.
If we try too hard to define the greater spiritual experiences we’re starting to open up to, our perception of them will be skewered. We’ll dance with illusion every time we attempt to define the unknown, and only when we can give up any attempts to mentally define it will we experience it to its purest degree.
The mainstream scientists of our day certainly wouldn’t like the unknown, because the paradigm so many of them are bound to is one of physically studying and mentally explaining everything in existence and proclaiming that which can’t be studied to be nonexistent.
They’ll learn the truth in due time, and hopefully, they’ll learn as a result of the influence of the conscious public, who’ll continue to actively raise awareness of spirit and the importance of releasing our mental judgments and expectations.
As Adyashanti tells us, fear’s ultimately created out of the illusions of thought and time.
“All fear comes from thought in the form of memory (Adyashanti, past) or projection (Adyashanti, future). Thought creates time: past, present, and future. So fear exists and comes from the perceived existence of time. To be free of fear is to be free of time. Since time is a creation of thought, to be free of fear you must be free of thought.
“Consequently, it is important to awaken and experience your Self outside of thought, existing as eternity. So question all notions of yourself that are creations of thought and of time — of past, present, and future. Experience your eternalness, your holiness, your awakeness until you are convinced that you are never subject to the movement of thought, of fear, or of time.
“To be free of fear is to be full of Love.” (4)
A lot of seekers are freeing themselves from fear and filling themselves with love as they awaken to the illusory nature of fear, time and every other quality we’re transcending, and if we continue to diminish our focus and our mental perception in general, we’ll empty ourselves of the ego and open up to a genuinely pure experience of spirit; of the unknown.
Most of us still have a lot of work to do to release our rigid mental grip on our reality, but we’re fortunate to be given so much assistance from so many spiritual teachers who recognize the importance of releasing the ego’s grip and experiencing life through a clear and pure perceptual lens.
Releasing our grip will free us from fear and every other constricting quality that’ll hold us back forever if we let it, and once we’ve released the things that inhibit us, our perception will basically be infinite.
The Buddha affirms that we diminish fear when we diminish our ego-driven perception.
“If a man’s thoughts are not scattered, if his mind is not perplexed, if he has ceased to think of good and evil, then there is no fear for him while he is watchful.” (5)
Proverbs 3:25-6 encourages us not to be in fear when the time comes for the ‘wicked’ to fall.
“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
“For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” (6)
My interpretation of this passage is that when we diminish our fear, we’re left with the pure and uplifting vibrations of Source.
We could also interpret it as something that encourages us not to be in fear when the cabal’s crimes are exposed in front of all of humanity, and when this time comes, we can stand strong with our spiritual perception intact and allow whatever happens to play out exactly as it should.
As long as we can keep in mind that we’re the light in the darkness, nothing we experience will put us in fear or apprehension. Only when the mind’s scattered and untrained do we live in fear, and when we can master the mind and ego, any fear we’d feel will diminish easily.
The mental ‘need’ to identify, condemn and justify leads right back to fear, Krishnamurti advises.
“[The] desire for certainty through identification, through condemnation and justification, is the cause of fear, which destroys all communion.” (7)
According to Paul Ferrini, breathing will help us dissolve any fear that stops us from embracing life.
“Only your fear keeps you in resistance to life. Move through the fear by breathing and the resistance dissolves.” (8)
Like many of you, I can confirm that fear definitely keeps us in resistance.
If there’s something we’re particularly fearful about, we can notice that it stops us from living our lives like we really want to. Fear can keep us from doing all of the divinely inspired things we’re on the earth to do, and only when it’s completely and totally dissolved will we experience any degree of liberation.
Like Paul advised, we can breathe our way through any pain or fear we face, and it helps to remember that we have the loving assistance of waves of higher-dimensional souls who are doing everything they can to help us transcend our fear and embrace the light.
We have a lot of changes to make to our seemingly broken planet, but we can’t make them if we’re held up by fear and resistance. For this and plenty of other reasons, it’s very important to do everything we can to transcend these limiting qualities, and the rest of the conscious community will realize this in due time.
In order to make any potent inner or outer changes, the fear of change (and the fear of anything else) has to be dissolved and we have to see that fear doesn’t have nearly as much power as we’ve let ourselves believe.
It only has as much power as we’re willing to let it have, and we’d benefit enormously from all-out transcending it and everything that feeds it.
We can recognize which qualities are helpful and hurtful to our growth and evolution at this stage of the game, and with this recognition in mind, we can work as hard as possible to diminish our fears and help the rest of the world do the same.
Our positive influence will spread when we can transcend fear and every other limiting quality, and with the progress we’ve already made, I think this transcendence will be a breeze.
We’re far more infinite and capable of achieving miracles than we’ve let ourselves believe, so let’s get active with our awareness and make all of the inner and outer changes that are required before we can enter the light and become the brimming galactic society so many of us are ready to create.
This can only happen when all of humanity has transcended every lower quality that keeps us in states of spiritual servitude, and those of us who’ve started to make a wealth of important inner changes can lead the way by being the examples of change in progress.
This is an important aspect of our mission on earth, so let’s embrace it wholeheartedly and refuse to let anything hold us back – especially fear.
- J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. Second Series. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1967; c1958, 9-10.
- Loc. cit.
- Ibid., 9.
- Adyashanti, “Selling Water by the River,” Inner Directions Journal, Fall/Winter, 1999, downloaded from http://www.adyashanti.org, 2004.
- Edwin A. Burtt, ed., The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha. New York and Toronto: New American Library, 1955, 55.
- Proverbs 3:25-6.
- J. Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living. First Series. Bombay, etc.: B.I. Publications, 1972; c1974, 26.
- Paul Ferrini, Silence of the Heart. South Deerfield, MA: Heartways Press, 1996, 13.
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