28 Fear Despair

Fear is a state of the doer due to its ignorance and to wrong acts done. Fear is the feeling of impending disaster.

This ignorance relates to the uncertainty of time and place when the misfortune will come and what the thing that is to come will be.

By fear is not meant the anxiety of going to a surgeon or of walking across a high trestle or of losing a sum of money, but is a state of constant dread, during certain periods, of some unknown disaster. It is a vague, harrowing oppression, a shrinking and drawing back, a feeling as of guilt though there is apparently nothing of which one is guilty. Sometimes the dread is definite, as of imprisonment, becoming a pauper, blindness.

These feelings are psychic results of exteriorizations of past thoughts; namely, a feeling of the unbalanced remnants which must be balanced at the conjunction of time, condition and place.

The unbalanced thoughts cycle in the mental atmosphere and at times affect the psychic atmosphere outside of the body. The human may feel the thoughts cycling in a general way and when there is a coincidence of cycles which will allow a manifestation, the feeling becomes more pronounced and special and is
experienced as fear, which itself may be the means of drawing on the disaster.

This feeling is retribution for sins committed, and offers in every case an opportunity to balance some of the exteriorizations and to atone for the sins. If the
doer shrinks from the apprehended disaster, wants to run away and refuses to meet it, it may escape for a time.
It cannot escape forever because the sins go with it, as they are a part of it.

If it continues to run away, it will be overtaken by the disaster as an actual physical punishment. When stricken by disgrace, disease, imprisonment or loss
of fortune, the doer is less likely to balance and the tendency is to commit other sins. If the doer does not run away from the indistinct apprehension of some disaster or from the fear of some definite calamity, it has an opportunity to change the desire that helped to conceive or entertain the thought that has to be balanced.

All the doer need or can do, is to feel that it wants to do right and is willing to do or to suffer whatever is necessary to that end. When the doer gets itself into that feeling, it has strength; strength comes to it. If it holds that feeling of strength it will be able to go through any disaster. The duty of the present moment will be the means of precipitating the seeming disaster or a new duty will be made clear to the human, though it may not be clear to anyone else.

The performance of his duty enables the human to defeat fear and throw off dread, because he has performed his part towards balancing the thought
the cycling of which was felt as fear.

Despair is the ultimate state of fear, when the doer has not balanced the part it had in issuing a thought. Despair is giving up to fear without further effort to overcome or escape it.

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