I was invited to join a group on Facebook called The End of Fear.
This brought up a few things for me.
On the surface, it seems a bit naive to seek the end of fear. It seems like another “dream of the ego”, what we may want if a set of thoughts are believed about fear. For instance, fear is bad, fear means something terrible will happen, and whatever beliefs are here on who and what I take myself to be.
As Adyashanti says:
Freedom is never freedom from. If it’s freedom from anything, it’s not freedom at all. It’s freedom to. Are you free enough to be afraid? Are you free enough to feel insecure? Are you free enough not to know? Are you free enough to know that you can’t know? Are you free enough to be totally comfortable knowing that you can’t know what’s around the next corner? How you will feel about it? How you will respond to it? That you literally can’t know? Are you free enough to be totally at ease and comfort with the way things actually are? That’s freedom. The other thing is the ego’s idea of freedom.
And if the thought “end of fear” brings up stress for me, it means I am holding onto an opposing thought as true, and I can inquire into that too. In this case, they shouldn’t seek end of fear, it’s naive to seek end of fear, it’s misguided to seek the end of fear.
One thing that comes up right away is that the phrase end of fear may well be used in the meaning end of being caught up in beliefs about fear and what it means. I notice that seeking an “end” to anything seems a bit absolutist.
How would I say it, in a way that feels comfortable for me now? Here is what comes up for me: What do I find when I explore fear? How does it show up in the sense fields? How is to to bring attention to the sensation aspect of what my thoughts label fear? Can I be with this fear? Can I see it, feel it, stay with it as a friend, a frightened child? What are the stories behind this fear? What do I find when I inquire into these? And exploring that is quite interesting to me.