Sitting through the smoke of fear.

Sitting through the smoke of fear.

Postby Sara H » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:00 am

I wanted to post this, this is something I wrote, and posted elsewhere and thought it may be useful to some people here perhaps.
-In Gassho

"Out of fear, even the good harm one another" -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy

I wanted to talk for a minute about sitting though fear.

You know "I vow to undergo the rule of training, so that I may teach myself to refrain from: fear."

Really should be the 11'th precept.

Fear does almost as much harm when indulged as anger does from my experience.

As a person who gets regular fear and terror coming up in my sitting, including what I would call "liquid fear" (to the point of not being able to move, barely),

I don't have a lot of pity for people who indulge it. (fear)
Compassion, yes, (and love for that person) but pity implies I view someone as a victim for getting the consequences of their actions, which I don't.

Well do I know the consequences of indulging fear.

It creates a lot of Karma.

I know, because I've done it myself.
And I've hurt a lot of people and myself indulging fear.

I don't recommend it.
Fear will pass, if you sit with it, just like the smoke of an incense stick burning away.
Eventually the stick burns out and the smoke is no longer there.

Only the slightest hint of the scent remains to remind you that it once was there.

It has no tangibility of it's own.
No matter how insistent, or intense, or urgent fear seems to be, or how it wishes to rationalize itself,
fear, is always going to mislead us.

Its a force that blows us off-center if we indulge it, and we do have a choice to indulge it or not just like anger.

And it creates real harm.

No matter how intense the fear comes up, that does not make what the fear is "saying" true.

We can, actually sit with it, and sit through it. It will pass.

Like I said:

Fear will pass, if you sit with it, just like the smoke of an incense stick burning away.
Eventually the stick burns out and the smoke is no longer there.

Only the slightest hint of the scent remains to remind you that it once was there.

In Gassho,

Sara H
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
OR
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil

" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy
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Re: Sitting through the smoke of fear.

Postby Kim O'Hara » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:26 pm

Hi, Sara,
For what it's worth (not much, perhaps :tongue: ), what you have written reminded me of the Litany Against Fear in Dune:
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."


There's a bit about it here - http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Litany_Against_Fear - if you don't know the context.

:namaste:
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Re: Sitting through the smoke of fear.

Postby Sara H » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:29 am

Yes, you know, I think Frank Herbert got it quite right on that. ; )

In Gassho,

Sara H
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
OR
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil

" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy
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Re: Sitting through the smoke of fear.

Postby myozankodo » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:44 pm

Sara,
Thank you for for this.
Gassho
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Re: Sitting through the smoke of fear.

Postby Sara H » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:32 pm

You are welcome Myozan.

*smiles*

In Gassho

Sara H.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
OR
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil

" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy
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