Fear is an impediment that can block our capacity to fully relax and enjoy our essential being. Experienced as tension within the body, it impedes our natural ability to relax into our true nature. Many fears originated in our past, particularly early childhood, and most often it's possible to resolve those fears once they've been brought to the level of conscious awareness. The statement "There is nothing to fear but fear itself" often reflects our resistance to confronting the basis of our fears. However, finding love, peace and freedom may require being liberated from our fears.
As long as there is fear of any kind, love cannot exist.
~ J. Krishnamurti
Fear and anger are designed to help the body survive . . . fear actually wants to know if you're safe.
~ Pamela Wilson
Honor everything, Let everything be exactly the way it is. Honor all, and leave all alone. Let pain persist. Allow rage to roar, tension to taunt, and anxiety to annihilate. If you can do this, all the illusory guards blocking God will die. What will be left, my friend, is the fearless state The end of the fear of love
~ Stuart Schwartz
Every heart assured of safety opens instantly.
~ Tim Freke
How Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its Beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its Being,
We all remain
When people are invited to face a particular fear that they have, face it and recognize; it's not there. And what's in it's place is peace and love and fulfillment. But then if fear reappears, that can be co-opted by the mind and it can be something 'to do'.
When you love a person all fear disappears. And when you are afraid all love disappears.
Fear is always the result of an unquestioned past imagined as a future. When the mind is clear, in the now, there is no fear.
~ Byron Katie
Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear. When the mind is clear, in the now,
~ J. Krishnamurti
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.
~ Marianne Williamson
Fear is really based, on the memory of past experiences and not on the experiences themselves, because those are dead.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Fear and desire are two ends of the same stick. If you are afraid of being hurt, then you desire not to be hurt. If you are afraid that you're going to be rejected, then you desire acceptance. So fear is like desire, based on a rejection of what is now. . . . Fear of death is ultimately fear of life, or desire for it.
~ A H Almaas
Until we understand that death is equal to life, we live in fear.
~ Byron Katie
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
. . . fear, anger, hatred and violence are expressions of the loss, or the anticipated loss, of something which is loved. Or, of never having to begin with something which is loved. If there is no love of anything, there is no sense of loss or deprivation and therefore negative emotion of any kind attached to the absence of anything. . . . All expressions of anger and fear, hatred and violence are distorted wailings of love.
~ Neale Donald Walsch
The world of human beings is afflicted with the fear of life itself, which is best understood as a kind of psychological autoimmune disease because it consists in a component of one's self that falsely perceives threat where there is none and attacks the perceived threat based on that perception, which in turn produces pain and disease. Because of that invisible context of fear, our psychological structures, our personality - our interface with the world - is constantly engaged in the project of defending us from life itself. It is constantly trying to protect us from ourselves. It warps and distorts our capacity to engage directly and openly with our lives. It creates a buffer between us and the direct experience of life, and causes us to live life with a two-second delay, always on the defensive, always looking out for threats. Some of us become violent, angry, and aggressive because of this disease. In others, the disease creates a personality inclined to withdrawal, silent suffering, and misery. For others, the disease causes them to seek to get something from others that can only be fulfilled within oneself. In other words, all of the ways in which we human beings are damaged are just different aspects of the same fear of life disease that is at the root of widespread psychological suffering.
~ John Sherman
Regret is the longing to change the past. Fear is the desire to control the future. Peace is the surrender to Now.
~ Jeff Foster
No matter how much you pretend that everything is safe and secure, and that you are in control, really you know that you don't know what the hell is going on.
Our liberation comes when you do absolutely nothing when you are overcome with fear and emotional pain. After all, you know, in the very depths of your being, that there is nothing you can do to overcome this fear! Instead of shielding yourself against the pain and turmoil, open yourself to whatever terror life brings. . . Fear thrives when the soul sleeps. Coming awake signals the end of Fear's rule. The healing is in the seeing and clear seeing is wakefulness.
~ Eric Gross
Vedanta explains the 5 kleshas (reasons) behind all human suffering: 1. Not knowing the true nature of reality. 2. Clinging to, grasping for, or holding onto that which is ephemeral, transitory, illusory, insubstantial and therefore not real. 3. Fear of, aversion to, running away from, revulsion to that which is ephemeral, transitory, illusory, insubstantial and therefore not real. 4. Identification with a false and constricted and habitual self that we call ego. 5. Fear of death. And, all 5 kleshas are contained in number 1.
~ Deepak Chopra