Litany_Against_Fear_by_kubuzettoI 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. - Frank Herbert, Dune The Bene Gesserit are a key social, religious, and political force in Frank Herbert's science fiction Dune universe. It is an exclusive sisterhood whose members train their bodies and minds through years of physical and mental conditioning to obtain superhuman powers and abilities that can seem magical to outsiders. Through a special ritual, they can gain access to the memories of their female ancestors. They only have the opportunity to do this once they have achieved sufficient mastery and personal identity that they will not be overwhelmed by these Other Memories. Deepak Chopra says that all of our fears in life can be traced back to the most fundamental one: not knowing who we are. Therefore, the goal of higher states of consciousness and gesseritenlightenment is to find our true identity, which is not the mind, body, or environment, but the source of all those things. It may be a bit cheeky to source Frank Herbert at the same time as referring to Deepak Chopra, but I think that the relationship between fear and self identify are well stated in both. Today, in speaking with my brilliant counselor, I accepted that I have voices in my head that will push me to feel shame, that will instigate feelings of betrayal, or that will trigger anxiety - and these may never ever go away. I have sat with them, and tried to make them go away. I have hated those voices, banished them - all sorts of ways in which I have given them energy. That which we resist, persists. There is actually some truth and insight in the Litany Against Fear. If instead of resisting the fear, the voices, the old patterns, I let them pass as the Real Me witnessed them, then all that remains is ME, the witness. If instead of judging, or resisting them, instead of feeling like a failure for having them, if I observed them and let goddess-3them pass through me, I could learn from them and see them as sign posts to where I can learn more about myself and do healing. Like the Bene Gesserit, I will have these voices, these memories, and false beliefs that were taught to me in my past. And like them, I will know that I am ultimately Divine. I am not these memories or beliefs. I am one with the Source of All Things. And so it is.

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