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Fight between your potentiality and your negative approach

Fear is the fight between faith and belief in oneself on one hand, versus the negative idea or expectation you have about your future on the other hand.


Whenever you are afraid of losing something that you have, or you fear you cannot achieve something that you want to have, there is a fight going on between your potentiality and your negative approach to the future.

If you are sure there is no possibility of achieving something, that you don’t have the potentiality, you will not have fear. If you are sure that you can achieve something, then also, you don’t have fear.

Fear is the fight between faith and belief in oneself on one hand, versus the negative idea or expectation you have about your future on the other hand. You are literally fighting with your own positive and negative energies.

If you are very sure you don’t have the potentiality, that you can’t achieve, then you won’t have fear. If you are very confident you are going to achieve, then also you won’t have fear. However, if there is something you want to achieve, but you are not sure that you can achieve it, and then you will have fear. The fight between these two ideas, the dilemma is what we call fear.

You see, you are not afraid that you will never become the king of the universe. No! You are very clear you could never become that! But you are afraid that you will not become successful like your brother. You are afraid that you will not become or achieve that which is within your reach.

Possibility creates fear. It means fear is the root of life! Are you afraid that you can’t live on the planet earth for more than three hundred years? No, because you know for sure you could never live that long anyway. But you are always afraid that you may not live for more than seventy or eighty years, that you may have a premature death. Anything you are clear is impossible for you to achieve will not create fear in you. Anything that you think is possible and that you want creates fear.

There are two ways to escape fear. One way is to block all possibility. This means you can die, and then there won’t be any more fear!

The second way to escape fear is to break the boundary of possibilities. If there is infinite possibility, if there is no boundary, if there is nothing that limits you, then you become

fearless.

Either nothing is possible, so you won’t have fear because there is nothing to be taken away from you. Or everything is possible, so you won’t have fear because you feel all-powerful.

Just by having this understanding, something will click in you and so many fears will disappear from your being!

These two possibilities are actually used as techniques by masters. When masters say, ‘Nothing can be done by you,’ it is to create that deep surrender, a psychological death. You decide that there is no more possibility, nothing else can be done except relaxing. This is what Ramana Maharishi* calls atma sharanagati or self-surrender. You can go beyond fear in this way also, by closing all possibilities.

The second way to go beyond fear is by opening all possibilities. It is called atma gnana or self-realization.

There is a beautiful story:

One person wrote on the wall of a temple where the teachings are written, ‘Soham’ – ‘I am That.’ It means, ‘Everything is possible by me.’

Another person came and wrote, ‘Dasoham’ ‘Nothing can be done by me. I am a slave.’ Again that is also okay.

A third person came and wrote, ‘Sadasoham’ – ‘Always I am That.’

You can surrender yourself when you feel nothing can be done. You can experience your power when you feel everything can be done. Both techniques can liberate you from fear.

If you are in tune with the idea, ‘Nothing can be done by me,’ you are a bhakti yogi*, you surrender. If you think, ‘Everything can be done by me,’ you are a gnana yogi*, you explore and experience. Whether you work in this path or in that path, going beyond fear is possible. But you should be completely connected to one ideology or the other. Either you should be ready to work with ‘Everything is possible for me,’ or you should be ready to work with ‘Nothing is possible for me.’

Glossary:

* Ramana Maharishi – Enlightened master, based in Tiruvannamalai in South India. He taught the method of Self-inquiry, asking oneself, ‘Who am I?’, as the path to Self-realization.

* Bhakti yogi – A person who follows the path of devotion, bhakti yoga, as a means to enlightenment.

* Gnana yogi – – One who follows the path of knowledge for Self-Realization.

 

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