100 Days of Wisdom: Day 3 – Pema Chodron on Fear as a sign the truth is near

Wisdom Day 3

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“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.”

Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart p. 5

Blessings to you!

The Course in Miracles teaches that there are only two forces in existence; fear and love. And only love is real. Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher and author of A Return to Love, offers this definition of fear:

Fear is our shared lovelessness, our individual and collective hells. It’s a world that seems to press on us from within and without, giving constant false testimony to the meaninglessness of love. When fear is expressed, we recognize it as anger, abuse, disease, pain, greed, addiction, selfishness, obsession, corruption, violence, and war. [p. xxiv]

Then, Marianne makes clear that “Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed, but can only be hidden.”

Love is hidden by fear. Fear is a lie; love is the truth.

The Pema Chodron quote above reminds me fear is a natural and healthy indicator, a sign that we are closer than we think to transcending our “small” self (sometimes called the ego, egoic self, pain body or shadow self) and moving closer to the truth of who we are as lovingly created and creative divine beings having an earthly experience.

That which we fear the most is often our greatest teacher. And great teachers are those who don’t just tell, or explain or demonstrate, but those, as William Arthur Ward said, who inspire!

Get still and get clear about what you fear the most. Let the fear rise up. Don’t fight, don’t flee … just stay in the moment and flow. Let the fear move up and through you. Then wait curiously and patiently and lovingly to see what’s just on the other side. What you learn may surprise you. You may discover the wholehearted joy, peace and love you’ve been seeking  has been waiting just on the other side. Love — of others and, most importantly, yourself — has been just on the other side of the threshold of your own limitations, waiting to embrace you as a prodigal son or daughter who’s found their way home.

Sometimes the darkness of fear is just the pathway to the light of your truth.

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