What is Fear?


The spirit of Evil is Fear, negation, the adversary who opposes life in its struggle for eternal duration, and thwarts every great deed, who infuses into the body the poison of weakness.
C.G. Jung,

which then led  the Jungian analyst James Hollis, to write: So evil is what thwarts life, what blocks its purpose, intention and teleology. And the source of Evil, is inescapable, per se, for Fear is ubiquitous. It is the bed-rock of our common condition. [Consequently] if we are not bold, if we refuse the risk, we violate the telos of our life. 


Fear is the very basis and foundation of modern life… fear of the war that we don’t want yet we do everything we can to bring it about. For in the end fear casts out even a man’s humanity.
Aldous Huxley

Fear is the emotion that keeps you separate from your world, from those that you love, from feeling good about yourself, from creation and, ultimately, your creator.
Gregg Braden

Fear is a wall between us and life, between us and others, between us and our own creative power.
Robert Rabbin 

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Jedi Master Yoda, in Star Wars.

What one fears, one destroys.
Chief Dan George

Fear is perhaps the greatest enemy of candour.
Thomas Merton 

Fear is the shaman’s greatest enemy
Alberto Villoldo 

When you act out of fear, your fears come true.
David Byles and Ted Orland

Fear contracts the body. Joy/Pleasure expands the body.

Fear is like fire; either you can cook with it or it will burn you.

Fear has to be faced to go beyond it.

Maybe Fear is the teacher that rounds off our rough pointy edges and teaches us to become fearless.
Jennifer Betuzzi 

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you in better accommodation.

Fear is my failure to trust that a compassionate universe will never let any harm come to me.
Bill Ellis

To all of which, Ramana Maharshi simply said: Fear is only a thought. 

But the greatest statement on Fear, for so long misattributed to Nelson Mandela, comes from Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, HarperCollins, New York, 1992):

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.