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TODAY'S THEME: Phasing out Fear


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I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice,
be still and know I am here.

Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me, I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.

Verse 1 and refrain, "You Are Mine"
by David Haas
G.I.A. Publications, 1991


Hardly a day passes in our lives without our experience of inner or outer
fears, anxieties, apprehensions and preoccupations. These dark powers have
pervaded every part of our world to such a degree that we can never fully
escape them. Still it is possible not to belong to these powers, but to choose
the house of love as our home. This choice is made not just once and for all
but by living a spiritual life, praying at all times and thus breathing God's
breath. Through the spiritual life we gradually move
from the house of fear to the house of love.

Excerpted from "The Dance of LIfe,"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author of over 40 books

When we see a very beautiful sunset, we are very happy, perceiving that the sun is there with us. In fact it was already behind the mountain eight minutes ago. It takes eight minutes for the sunshine to reach our planet. The hard fact is that we never see the sun in the present, we only see the sun of the past. Suppose while walking in the twilight, you see a snake, and you scream, but when you shine your flashlight on it, it turns out to be a rope. This is an error of perception. During our daily lives we have many misperceptions.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and prolific author

Don't panic.
Problems were made to be solved. Life was made to be lived. Although
sometimes we may be in over our heads -- yes, we may even go under for
a few moments and gulp a few mouthfuls of water, we won't drown. We're
wearing -- and always have been wearing -- a life jacket. That support jacket is called "God."

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go," by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990


Fear arises from desire, but dissolves of its own accord when you stand firm
and bear it with impartiality.

The Buddha (c. 563-c. 483 BC)


To be free of fear, one must understand death.
J. Krishnamurti

All fear is ultimately related to death; it's our emotional reaction to the threat unknown. The unknown is like a wall around perception, insight, and knowledge...If we attain both an intimate realization of death's absolute inevitability and an understanding that death is a doorway, a transition to a greater reality for us, our fear will dissolve. With freedom from this looming apprehension, we are made ready for life in its fullness; we exist much more comprehensively when the totality of our being is engaged. Becoming free of fear isn't easy; it requires work and facing death's reality head-on.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours," by Brother Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004



And now, the Last Word:

Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee.
Go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers
hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 1:21
The Holy Bible
21st Century King James Version



































Bonus quote:
Wisdom comes to those who are calm and tranquil in spirit, to those who wait upon the Lord.
Through an ever-increasing love in the heart you will grow wise.

-from the sayings of White Eagle


































On today's site:

-Do not be afraid

-From fear to the house of love

-Misperceptions of fear

-Our life jacket

-Fear and desire
(The Buddha)

-Fear and death

And The Last Word:
Deuteronomy 1