When I first read that line in Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune, it changed my teenage life. Not that I was a fearful person overall, but it showed me how to overcome the obstacles to making the things happen in my life I wanted.
It gave me a mantra to help pierce the veil of unknown possibility which I have used ever since to assist in manifesting my visions, no matter how seemingly impossible.
Fear is the mind killer. That same phrase echoes in my mind on 9/11 every year. I think about how that incident changed the course of society in that it reinstituted fear as a cultural paradigm.
I was talking to my mother about this today, and she said it happened to her generation during WW II. The fear focus was the Bomb.
We came to the conclusion each generation has a swing of the pendulum between trusting and fearful. I do wonder why society goes through these swings. Is it to create traction for the next renaissance?
It is tough to not buy into the fear, because it is supported by powers that be. They go to great lengths to convince us the bad guys are out there, and they may get us… be it terrorists or communists or witches or…name the group and the historic period.
During these phases, the outside world is permeating the media pores of the collective consciousness with alarm. It can be difficult to hold your space as an independent thinker with all of that societal pressure.
If you are afraid, you can’t think.
Fear is the mind killer.
I go back to my mantra and use it as I continue to create my world and propel myself to the next level of personal evolution – to help me do the things I say I will do, to get myself to where I want to go, to assist me in feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
Here is the complete litany for calming the mind from Dune:
“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.”
In addition to calming my mind, I can offer you one more secret weapon with which to combat fear. It is a breath. One inhale, one exhale. So simple, yet so effective.
In that inhale, you may notice your insides feel tight and either a bit jumbled or super tense. As you exhale, notice how the tension and sense of chaos leaves your body in that breath.
The tricky part is to remember to breathe when the emotion of fear seems to be over-powering you. The good news is a conscious breath can do wonders in interrupting the inner fear train-on-the-track no matter how far down the line you are in the emotional journey. It just may take more than one breath.
Once you gain regain control (or at least steering rights) over your mind and emotions, you can then make choices as to how you want to think and feel about whatever situation you are in. You become the conductor on that train rather than a powerless passenger.
Fear is the mind killer.
And you don’t have to let fear kill your mind. It’s your choice.
Cristina Smith’s fun and heartfelt writings encourage deep thought, reflection, and revelation by viewing ordinary life as an extraordinary experience. Her book, The Tao of Sudoku- Yoga for the Brain is available on Amazon.com. Beyond all of her other work as CEO of the Subtle Energy Center, she is best known and loved for bringing people together. Cristina creates holistic family wherever she goes. Contact – Website – Book
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