What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns toward a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century

8.31.2010

Rational Fear

I've heard of irrational fear. But what makes a fear rational anyways? What makes the fear of pain and danger rational or irrational?

Is the fear of death rational? what about failure? Is it rational to be afraid of the unknown, the uncertain, the unforeseen?

Is there any fear that is truly irrational? Because if it's true to you, isn't it worth fearing? Can't it then be rationalized?

I'm not sure, but one thing I know for certain is that when faced with fear, I'm not sure anyone is truly rational unless they are able to identify the fear as merely a projection of the unknowable future and thus a rejection of the now.

A rational approach to fear.

iNi
am not afraid.

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"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 most 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 does not serve the world.
There is 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 make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."