“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks
Daily Nugget of Gold 1002
Freedom From Fear
In Tom Campbell’s trilogy of books which present his Theory of Everything, My Big TOE, he points out that the opposite of love is not hate, but fear. That might surprise a lot of folks, but Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated the properties of love and hate this way: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” It seems they were saying that hate isn’t so much a ‘something’ but an ’emotionalized nothing’. Fear on the other hand is another matter. Fear can mobilize us to become hateful, fear is a force to be reckoned with.
Fear tears apart what love puts together, fear ruins relationships, fear pushes people into disharmony, disconnectedness, and war. Fear doesn’t appear to be easy to overcome, either. So much of the world today is acting out of fear. Fear of loss, fear of starvation, fear of loneliness, and more. With that much destructive energy, it’s no wonder that the fourth item on Napoleon Hill’s list of what constitutes true riches is “Freedom from Fear”.
How do we become “Free from Fear”? There are ways to do this. Emerson said, “Do the thing you fear the most and death of fear is certain.” Yeah, but… what if you the thing you fear the most is death? What then? That’s an interesting question, and a very relevant one seeing as many people do fear death. Let’s take it on. One of the reasons that people fear death so much is because they are failing to live life to the fullest. People often get set in their ways, they tend to want to be comfortable rather than have a life with real impact on humanity. They shoot for being average and this produces a fear of not getting anything done of note before the time runs out. Worse, we really don’t know when that will be!
When we see ourselves as Spiritual beings inhabiting a physical body, it takes the focus off of the end of this physical life and puts it more onto, “What is my purpose? What am I here for if not to make a real, positive difference in the world while I’m here?” Those kind of questions enable us to lay the fear down and concentrate on loving each other and doing all that we can with what we’ve got to work with.
Many wise folks have said that fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Even if we had money, relying on false evidence to drive our behavior certainly doesn’t sound like the definition of true wealth, does it? It seems that Napoleon Hill nailed it with this one.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to free myself of fear wherever I find it?”
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