May 7, 2021

OVERCOMING FEAR

OVERCOMING FEAR

 

  ,, It’s all unbelievable. It’s amazing! I wonder at it, I marvel at it. It is a miracle.

     Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream. And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time or any length of time you wanted to have. And you would naturally, as you begin in this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure you could conceive. And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say: ‘’Well, it was pretty great’’. But now let’s – let’s have a surprise. Let’s have a dream which isn’t under control, where something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be. And you would dig that and come out of that and say: ‘’Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it?’’. Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further and further out gambles as to what you would dream. And finally you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today. That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have.

     So you have always, when you are in the theatre, say you go to the movies and you go to see some great horror movie…awful thing. Well, why does one do it? You want a thrill. And the whole of the Universe wants a thrill. But when you go to the movie, you know in your heart of hearts that it’s only a movie and yet you can try to some degree to forget this while you’re there and therefore get scared and feel real creeps. So one might say then, that it is possible in this life to attain a sort of metaphysical courage…in which you know, really know deep within that the most harrowing experiences that physical existence can offer… are a show.

So there is a poem which says: ‘’Under the sword lifted high there is hell making you tremble/But go ahead and there’s the land of bliss’’. Don’t hesitate, don’t be blocked, don’t be fazed, nonplussed by the illusion. But you must remember that the secret to all this is not to be afraid of fear. When you can really allow yourself to be afraid and you don’t resist the experience of fear, you are truly beginning to master fear.

     And then, furthermore, when you realize that in a world where there are no eyes, the sun would not be light. And that in a world where there were no soft skins, rocks would not be hard. Nor in the world where there were no muscles, would they be heavy? Existence is relationship and you are SMACK in the middle of it.

     Things, for example, are measurements, they are units of thought like inches are units of measurement. There are no things in physical nature. How many things is a thing? It’s any number you want. Because a THING is a THINK – a unit of thought. It’s as much of reality as you can catch hold of in one idea. So when you don’t cling to it, when you have no longer a hostile attitude to the world because you know the world IS you. It is. Let’s take it from the point of view of biology – if I describe the behavior of a living organism I cannot possibly describe that behavior without simultaneously describing the behavior of the environment. So that I discover that I don’t describe organisms in environments, I describe a unified field of behavior called an organism environment – it’s an awkward word…But there it is. The environment doesn’t push the organism around. The organism doesn’t push the environment around. They are two aspects or poles of the same process.

     And if you want to stay in the state of illusion.

     Stay in it.

     But you can always wake up…’’

  • Allan Watts