Fear and Reason (Part 2 of 4)

Please do not miss out the the wonderful first part.

 

Continuation:

“Everyone can testify that the psychical state called fear consists of mental representations of certain painful results.”

-William James

The mental representations may be very faint as such, but the idea of hurt to self is surely present. It is a belief that the real self cannot be hurt. The reason can be brought to consider vividly and believing all quieting considerations.

How to remove fear “as far as the east is from the west”

  1. If the self can hold consciously in the assurance that the White Life surrounds the true self
  2. If surely within that self, and will suffer “no evil to come night,”
  3. All the instincts of self preservation may be perfectly active

Ways for fear may be divided

As a warning and as a maker of panic. The warning should be understood as given to reason. Fear need not appear at all, and that the panic is perfectly useless pain. With these discrimination in mind, we may now go on to a preliminary study of fear.

Fear is an impulse, a habit, and a disease.

Fear, as it exists in man, is a make-believe of sanity, a creature of the imagination, a state of insanity. Furthermore, fear is, now of the nerves, now of the mind, now of the moral consciousness.

The division depends upon the point of view. “Normal fear” should give place to reason, using the word to cover instinct as well as thought. From the correct point of view all fear is an evil so long as entertained.

Whatever manifestations, wherever apparent location, fear is a psychic state. Fear reacts upon the individual in several ways. In the nerves, in mental moods, in a single impulse, in a chronic habit, in a totally unbalanced condition.

 

Continue reading Part 3 and Part 4

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