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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


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Growing up, I read the Dune series by Frank Herbert. Reading your post made me think of a passage that I had memorized and carried with me, and has helped me over the years...

I must not fear
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass
Over me and through me.
And when it has gone past
I will turn the inner eye
To see its path.
Where the fear has gone
There will be nothing.
Only I will remain....

You are so wise, so mature beyond your years.
This post reminds me of a book I have read by Parker Palmer in which he talks about the difference between having fear and being fear. This is something I, too, have realized and I strive to admit and own my fears rather than vice versa.
Thank you Arwen, for another great reminder of how wonderful life is if we can claim every part of it. Fear and strength; another paradox.

I've always wondered if children fears are not as imagined as they sound...the Breeder of Fear, as you named him here, makes very real attacks on the vulnerable. And who's to say he can't do it in fiercesome images that torture the mind?

Even as an adult I'm often beset with mental images of frightening or obscene things I cannot get out of my mind. Like when I'm at the subway picture a body (or my own) throwing itself into the path of an oncoming train.

I always thought that this was part of my active, writer-dramatist's imagination. But sometimes I think the inability to make it go away when it is so horrifying is from somewhere else.

I agree--your mother and father were very wise to teach you that prayer. I may use it myself!

Thanks, Arwen. This is a great post and a wonderful reminder.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

And if sometimes I am praying for the annihilation of the things I fear, and sometimes I am praying for the annihilation of fear itself, I don't think it makes a difference. It is only the praying that matters.

Yes. Absolutely.

i have struggled with fear, choking out my breath, all my life.

thank you, sister in CHrist, for this wonderful post. what a heart you have.

Thank you for this post. I really needed to read this.

What a great reminder. When I was younger, I used to recite Psalm 23 in the face of any fear. For some reason, I have gotten away from that practice. Recently a priest 'reminded' me of the power of this psalm, and your post reminds me as well. This is something that I need to really take to heart. Thank you.

I could so have written that post, except it wasn't wolves, it was probably monsters or some other thing,... and the fears we have now are not exactly the same, but my mother used to have us pray to Jesus as well, and it always worked really well. I get my children to do the same.

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