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The Shadow and Fear

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2005-03-29
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



When you experience fear (reactivity, boundary formation, self protection) you experience the shadow. The shadow is in your mind, not in reality. It is what you are afraid reality would become if you did not control it. There is no light (consciousness) in fear because it is not based in reality where light is. You can make the darkness light by shining your awareness into the fear. Understanding dispels the shadow. Chose one of your persistent fears and begin the process of understanding it. First experience it and see directly where it denies the truth. Ask if the fear is true here and now. Take a patient stand and refuse to allow the fear to return to darkness. Fear will tell you to look away or you will be annihilated. But is that true? Are you willing to face the consequences of your imagined defeat? If you refuse to move, the shadow cannot maintain itself.

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