Excerpts from the book ‘Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle.
The reason why you don’t put your hand in the fire is not because of fear, it’s because you know that you’ll get burned. You don’t need fear to avoid unnecessary danger- just a minimum of intelligence and common sense. For such practical matters, it is useful to apply the lesson learned in the past.
You are in the here and now, while your mind in the future .This creates an anxiety gap. And if you are identified with your mind and have lost touch with the power and simplicity of the now, that anxiety gap will be your constant companion.
Emotion is the body’s reaction to your mind .What massage is the body receiving continuously from the ego, the false, mind –made self? Danger I am under threat. And what is the emotion generated by this continuous message? Fear of courses. To the ego death is always just around the corner.
For example, even such a seemingly trivial and “normal thing as the compulsives need to be right in an argument and make the other person wrong- defending the mental position with which you have identified-is due to the fear of death. If you identify with a, mental position, then if you wrong, your mind –based senses of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. Is to die, Wars have been fought over this and countless relationship have broken down.
Once you have disidentified from your mind whether you ate right or wrong makes no difference to your sense of self at all, so the forcefully compulsive and deeply unconscious need to be right, which is a form of violence, will no longer be there. You can state clearly and firmly how you firmly how you feel or what you think, but there will be no aggressiveness or defensiveness about it. Your sense of self is then derived from a deeper and truer place within yourself.
In the light of your consciousness, the unconscious pattern will then quickly dissolve. Power over other is weakness dissuaded as strength. True power is within and it is available to you now. Virtually everyone you meet or know lives in a state of fear. Only the intensity of it varies.