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The Fear of Unusual Mind States

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2004-03-30
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Fear of what the mind contains is a roadblock to depth and understanding. While meditating be aware of what you want to occur and what you are afraid of occurring. Are you afraid of losing your identity and not being your normal self? Is there fear of stillness or space, or being out of control? Is there concern about what the mind contains and whether it will overwhelm you? Are you afraid of unpleasant states of mind? Be aware of the resistance you bring to meditation through these fears and how you seek safety in the alternative safe spaces. What are you afraid might happen and how will you ever know its inherent safety unless you test the logic of fear? Determine to face these fears and test their aversion by remaining a few moments more when they arise.

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