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Introduction to Fear

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2004-01-20
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Reflect on the nature of fear. How does fear project its own reality? Observe what a fear is. Does it have any reality other than an imaginary future event? How much activity is built around avoiding fearful thoughts?

Exercise: Experience the relationship between fear and the future. Focus on any situation in which you do not want something to occur. In the middle of that fear, can you settle with the situation as it is or are you forced to play out what your mind tells you will happen? See the choices before you. You can accept what is occurring now or follow the fear. Play with a fear. Staying soft and relaxed move into the feared situation and see if what the mind tells you will happen really does. Learn all about the nature of fear as it pulls your mind away from here and now towards tragedy.

This week whenever a psychological fear arises remain steadfast and ask yourself, “What would I do now, if I were not afraid?” Asking this question will allow clarity to intervene where fear usually rules. Remaining steadfast means not being persuaded by the thought messages of fear, not changing course or altering your intended purpose, but following through the activity without flinching.

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