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Fear can exist only in relationship. One cannot fear what is not known……….

Fear can exist only in relationship.

One cannot fear what is not known……..or what one has no relationship with.

Even when one fears the unknown, the unfamiliar…say death.
…one actually fears losing of the known, losing of the familiar.

What is a relationship………irrespective of the specific content of a relationship?

It is a sense of stake, a sense of investment, in someone, in something.

A sense of a “should”.

A loved one should keep loving me……the “should” is the birth of fear of the possibility of losing such a relationship.

Unraveling ……one sees that the fear really is…

… who will I be…

….in the absence of some one to love me, someone to be with me.

Fear of loneliness arises from the stake that someone else, something else……is to provide a sense to my life…

… is absolutely needed to complete me.

The “other”……which is really a stake in the “other”…
…represents fear.

For no “other” comes with a guarantee.

And the uncertainty in search of certainty ……in search of security, a security thought to be provided by an “other”…

…is fear.

The “other” need not only be a biological object.

What will happen to me…….in the absence of the usual icons of security……money, a roof, a self identity?

The stake in one’s spiritual understandings…….creates the fear of an exposure of their superfluousness…

… of their inadequacy….

….. or that such understandings are merely intellectual borrowings.

A fear which manifests itself often as vitriolic resistance..
….defending or asserting.

The content of fear changes with time, space and circumstances..

…..but the root of all fears is the same.

The prevailing and persisting sense of a stake….

…which is really the sense of a “me”…

…a “me” for which the stake in the “other” is of immense importance.



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