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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #132 — Fear is the mind-killer

The first tale I thought of for Reena’s prompt today comes from a book I read so many years ago, “Dune,” by Frank Herbert.  Youtube is a marvelous treasure-trove on any topic, so I went looking to see if I could find where someone recited the passage that has stuck in my mind and become a part of my being since then.  I was able to find this excellent short video that talks about, “The Litany Against Fear.”

 

 

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.
– Frank Herbert, Dune, Paul Atreides’ Litany Against Fear

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
Can you think of a story or anecdote or historical tale on [antidotes to fear of death.] It should basically be a story of survival strategies.

28 thoughts on “Reena’s Exploration Challenge #132 — Fear is the mind-killer

  1. Wow, this is really a powerful message. I’ve had to learn to work through fear, and move through shyness to start new projects again. Fear can hold us back from trying new things, but now I’m glad I started a new project again. Thanks for making this post and putting this message here!

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