Quotes about Fear: releasing it, facing it, letting it flow by, and/or working through it
Quotes about Fear:
releasing it, facing it,
letting it flow by,
and/or working through it.
(from various viewpoints and philosophies)
I am not afraid - I was born to do this.
-- Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
"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."
-- from "Dune" by Frank Herbert
The next time you feel a fear well up inside you,
slow down and notice it without judging it.
Observe it in the same way you watch clouds – with curiosity.
Take some time to quiet your mind, perhaps in meditation,
and see your fear as another being.
What does it look like? What does its voice sound like?
Ask your fear why it's there.
Usually it will tell you that it's there to protect you.
Question that response.
What is it really trying to protect you from?
Repeating past mistakes? Making a new mistake?
When you realize that you’re acting from fear
or telling yourself stories about the future that create negative feelings,
simply notice what you're doing and thinking,
without judging yourself
or getting caught up in yet another round of stories.
Simply observe yourself. Notice your breathing.
Watch your behavior. Hear your tone of voice. Feel your body.
Then ask yourself, "Who is observing all this?"
That is your authentic self, your Higher Self,
the real you that exists outside of and independent of your fear.
Shift the center of identity to your authentic self.
From that place you can detach from the fear without it consuming you.
The fear is only a cloud floating past your deep, blue sky.
By allowing the fear to simply be, to accept it fully,
you allow the fear to dissipate.
We ask God to remove our fear,
and direct our attention to what God would have us be.
At once, we commence to outgrow fear.
-- Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
For the Spirit God gave us ... does not make us afraid.
The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.
-- Paul to Timothy. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect
While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows
The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell.
For when I fool the people I fear,
I fool myself as well!
I whistle a happy tune
And ev'ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I'm
Make believe you're brave
And the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are.
-- from "The King and I" by Rogers and Hammerstein