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MAYAN: "a technichian of the Holy, a lover of the Sacred." CELTIC: "Empower the people...by changing the way we think." MEXICAN APACHE: "Someone who has simply learned to give freely of themselves..." AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL: "...a teacher or healer, a wisdom keeper of knowledge... (who) takes people to a door and encourages them to enter." W. AFRICAN DIAGRA: "views every event in life within a spiritual context." HAWAIIAN: "...human bridges to the spiritual world and its laws and the material world and its trials..." QUECHUA INDIAN: "embodies all experience." AMAZON: "...willing to engage the forces of the Universe...in a beneficial end for self, people, and for life in general."

-- from Travelers, Magicians and Shamans (Danny Paradise)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Philosophy of Fear

I was at a business dinner the other night, trying to be as muggle as i could be, and the conversation was very generic and focused on "getting to know each other". The other three people there were older than I.. I think they were all around 60 or so. The owner of this other company was Indian (from India) and a very nice man.. I was drifting in and out of listening to what they were saying and trying to feel them energetically.. (something I find myself doing more and more during these exciting times in my life!!) and I was brought out of my dream world with the comment by the Indian gentleman that we needed to study the Philosophy of Fear. He went on to say that many people have studied many different emotions of people and there are now "scientific" points of view for many things.. there is a psychology of Fear, but not a Philosophy of Fear.

What really struck me as interesting about this is the fact that it didn't fit into the conversation of the evening at all.. After that, I could only think about (and still am) how to arrange another meeting with this guy to just talk about that! We all have fears and I think looking within to find the source of our fears is a driving force for many of us. I would love to get input from you on your thoughts. I contacted the guy and told him i'd like to get together again over lunch.. and said maybe we could come up with a plan to study Fear.. not sure if he thought I was joking or not :-) We'll see.


She.Who.Remembers said...

Thank you for sharing! Talk about the overlapping of realities. It is as though one conciousness finds a way to leak into the other. This also takes me to the question of psychology vs philosophy and the distinction between both.

Heart of The Mother said...

Regarding the Feeling of Fear.

With experimentation, I've found that when I am absolutely PRESENT in the now. I feel completely CONTENT without expectations, fears, etc.

When I am STILL, fear is not palpable.