The Bene Gesserit Littany against Fear.
Pg 19 of Dune
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.
Though the logic seems a bit faulty (so, should I not fear, or just address it where I find it?), this has stuck in my mind for years.
I was talking with Brigid the other day on the phone and we began to discuss what part fear plays in our individual, inner, development. Fear most often greets the object of its emotion with flight, crossed arms or perhaps even clenched fists. But in any case, rather than facing our fears and allowing them to pass over us, we tend to deny the object of our fear or even to reject it outright.
In many ways, I take holy books as individual developmental tools. Well, I don't think many proponents would likely argue with me on that point. As I progress in my own self-development, I see certain concepts and structures as learning tools where before I did not see them.
I will just come out and present the specific one I am thinking of... the Enemy. The Devil. Satan. Lucifer. However one might wish to frame it. Luciferian groups that I am familiar with understand that Lucifer represents to many an abyss of fear which must be overcome.
In order for one to progress beyond a certain point, one must stand up, look squarely into the face of that which they would fear the most, and deal with it one way or another. How the person "deals" with it depends upon much. But most people never get to this point. They are taught to simply abjectly, or perhaps even fiercely, deny their greatest fears.
Jesus did not run from Satan. He held conversation with him on the mount. He remained in Satan's very presence. How many Christians could do this? How Christ-like could one be if rather than remaining strong and fierce in the face of such, one never has the balls to do so?
"Stay away from Ouija boards!" "Don't read that book! It's evil!"
I say hogwash! Stand firm. Face your fear! In fact, actively seek it out!
I will leave you with this, from one of my most beloved sages:
"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do.'"
Ralph Waldo Emerson