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‘Fear is the passageway between the known and the unknown. It is the passageway we are asked to walk through as we go beneath the concepts, labels, and images that make our world familiar and safe. In deeper levels of meditation there is an existential fear that is touched upon. This fear has no specific object; it is not the fear of the dark, of people, of failure, but the fear that comes to visit us when it is no longer possible to define ourselves or anything in our world. We are not asked to endure this fear, survive it, or suffer with it, but to welcome it and explore it, leave it if we wish and understand that it is the forerunner of freedom. Fearlessness does not mean that fear arises, but it entails our willingness to turn toward it, understand it, and find within it the simplicity of being present…

Finding simplicity within our hearts asks us to let go, just as the emergence of simplicity in all our lives asks us to let go. We let go of the stories, the beliefs, the fears, and our hearts learn to sing. Wandering in the wilderness, our sense of being lost ends the moment we find traces of the path. The wilderness is no longer an enemy. We appreciate the towering trees as well as the thorns and brambles. We are able to say, “I know you” and discover an unshakeable presence.’  Christina Feldman

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