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Fear of darkness

 ..fear of darkness and fear of death are actually the same – fear of the unknown. Connecting with the darkness will remove this fear.


 Your fear of darkness and fear of death are actually the same – fear of the unknown. Connecting with the darkness will remove this fear. Your fear of death, the fear of disappearing, will be completely healed.

I am reminded of a joke:

Once a little girl was asking her father, ‘Daddy, are you afraid of darkness?’ The father replied, ‘Of course not.’ The girl continued, ‘Then are you afraid of snakes?’ The father replied, ‘No, not at all.’ The little girl was very happy that she had discovered something new.

She said, ‘Oh! So Daddy, you are not afraid of anything other than Mommy!’

Anyway, understand your fear of darkness is because of your ignorance, because you have not faced it clearly.

In tantra*, the first instruction that disciples are given to do for healing the inner self is to go and

sit in a forest or empty space and gaze at the emptiness. All that the person has to do is to sit in the emptiness of the vast open sky, and one has to gaze at the sky the whole night. So many different fears and moods will come up.

Whatever one has suppressed will come up. In Zen tradition, they have a similar practice where the person is asked to sit facing a wall and gaze at the wall. The mind becomes empty and one with the emptiness outside.

One important thing to remember when you do this is that if you have suppressed your need for rest, that suppression that has become restlessness in you, and your desire to relax into silence, will also come up. It is like the whole system is getting cleaned. That opening up of your suppressed emotions is what you feel as fear. You feel, ‘No, no! I don’t want to look into this darkness!’ You try to avoid it.

If you can just look into the darkness and the fear with awareness, you will live through it and get over it.

Glossary:

* Tantra – Ancient vedic tradition of achieving enlightenment through spiritual techniques or practices, meditations and ritual worship.

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