posted on Jan, 30 2009 @ 05:23 PM
Odd this topic came up.
I used to pity those shaman, holy men, and such who had abandoned all earthly pursuits as a young man, but those were the very ones with the least
amount of fears.
In life, struggle, and where I learned this - war - only when emptied, does one find oneself complete. Empty, there can be no defeats. No
expectations - no fears - no defeats.
Empty, there are no weaknesses, no fears, no baggage. Empty, and thus complete, one can always achieve victory over one's enemies, and even fear.
Empty is all business. Cold, rational, self-serving, and thus all actions can be performed without hesitation. Empty, there is no downside. Empty
has no room for hope. Hope creates fear itself by its nature. No hope, no fear. Empty. Empty defeats all fear.
In combat, I learned that hesitation is to die. When action is called for, to hesitate is to die. Empty, there can be no reason for hesitation, and
thus no hesitation. Without hesitation, there are few surprises, and no room for second-guessing. Empty, nothing is left to chance. Empty, you
determine your own fate.
For example in war, where fear is most elevated, the hope of survival is the source of fear. You empty yourself of hope, convinced that sooner or
later you will perish, and only seek to take care of the moment. You then have no fear.
The only way a person can be held hostage to fear is two-fold. The first problem is a feature of perceived value. The second feature is that one
looks at potential loss (fear) from their own perspective.
Never, ever, look at a problem from a strictly short-term cost, and rather, hold nothing of value. If you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to
fear. In war, you always consider not your own potential for loss, but the other side, what they hold valuable, and more important, how valuable?
How can THEY handle the loss?
Thus, fear is all on their side, and none on mine.
My apologies for busting in with this bit, but it's the only part of fear and its diminishment that I'm certain of.