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Clear Thinking - The Hero in Your Life

From: Janardhan
Sent on: Monday, February 8, 2010 10:49 PM

The Hero in Your Life

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Have you ever seen an act of great courage?��Do you have a ���hero��� and what form does their courage take?��Heroes and courage tend to go together because courage is almost always associated with fear.��If we did not know fear we would never need courage.��Courage and fear have therefore grown up together.��They are frequent adversaries in ancient myth and legend, and the real stars of a thousand heroic tales.��All good novels and great movies usually have a ���hero moment��� when fear is faced and courage wins through. Traditionally, courage means facing your fear, going through your fear, and thereby disempowering the fear.
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The ���warrior hero��� consciously chooses to face and fight his foe.��His preparations are as much about mental focus as they are about physical strength. The ���soldier hero��� however is not quite so courageous and often lacks any focus at all.��He is following orders to face and fight, or there will be repercussions.��Hence the soldier hero is often traumatised by the heat of a battle that he does not choose.
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Then there is the courage of the ���fireman hero��� who goes into a blazing building as everyone else is coming out.��To his courage we pay tremendous respect and gratitude.��The ���entrepreneurial hero��� on the other hand, will take such risks that all may be lost on one wrong turn or bad decision.��Hence the history of most successful entrepreneurs is often littered with many failures from which some will rise and have the courage to try again.��Or is that a courage mistaken that is mistaken for carelessness?��Then there is the false courage of ���the fool��� who enters the sandpit full of vipers unable to follow the logic that one bite and he is dead.��The fool is no hero and his bravado will probably be his demise.��
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Towering above them all is the less visible courage of ���the angel��� who heroically ���goes where others fear to tread���, usually in front of God.��That���s where fear meets its greatest fear, which is love!��The angel ���in training��� has the courage to stand spiritually naked in the face of the pure love of God, knowing all fear will be dissolved, but also knowing it will be an extremely uncomfortable process!��
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In the meantime, back in real life, back in the personal life of you, it���s possible you may learn that your greatest fear is meeting your self, and that the greatest courage is to sit quietly, look inwards, and see what is ���happening��� within your self.��This is why it actually takes courage to meditate, to face and still the monkey mind, to tame unruly emotions, and cultivate self-awareness.��Any attempt to meditate is an attempt to invoke the peaceful and loving core that exists in all our hearts.��It is therefore also an invitation to fear and all its emotional friends, to interfere, to come and disturb your peace, distract your gentle concentration and create a little chaos where you seek the balm of calm.��For they know that if you reach your inner destination, and decide to stay there, that their days are numbered.��Love and fear, peace and tension, joy and anxiety can never live together.
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Our lives are often riddled with many fears but we learn to live with them as if they were normal.���� Ask anyone who has seriously walked a spiritual path, seriously practiced meditation, seriously looked within, seriously faced their fears, and they will likely tell you of a thousand ways that we find to avoid facing and dissolving our anxieties.��Even when we stop projecting the cause of our fear onto others, and accept full responsibility our self, still we hide ourselves in memories and beliefs, in ideas and speculations, in grand visions and great plans.��
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The good news is all our fears have one common cause.��When this cause is seen the true definition of courage can then be realised as the ability to let go of the illusion that the fear is real!
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While any fear ���seems��� real, it comes from an unreal place within us.��It always comes from mis-creation.��Whenever we create an attachment to anything or anyone we will create fear - fear of loss or fear of damage to the object of attachment.��Whenever we create an attachment we create an image of the object of attachment in our own mind to which we become attached and identified.��It can be an image of a possession, an image of something desired in the future, or an image of an idealised self to which we aspire, or just the image of an idea.��It is in the moment of ���identification��� with the image, that we create ���unreality���.��We are not an image of any ���thing���.��We are the ���self���.��But once we identify with any image we will then perceive threats to the image, which we then mistakenly perceive as a threat to the self.��It is our perception that generates our fear.��The fear seems real because we give the image that we create the status of reality. But it���s not real.��It���s just an impermanent, passing image, on the screen of our mind.��It seems real, but compared to the reality and the permanence of the ���self��� it is unreal.��To attach to, and identify with, an image on the mind is to create an illusion of oneself.��This of course is how the ego is born. It is only by seeing and realizing how we do this that we can stop doing this, and thereby stop creating the various fears we have become so accustomed to living with.��This is ���letting go��� at the deepest level. It is also the primary purpose of meditation.
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This is also why the regular practice of the ancient art of meditation is a ���heroic practice���.��It is to look, see, face and end the creation of the illusions upon which we have become dependent.��And yet, even though we may see the cause of our emotional discomforts, we have become so accustomed to creating and living these illusions that we have become comfortable being uncomfortable!��We have become addicted to our fears. Like any addict it requires real courage to stop, look inwards, face our addiction, admit our addiction and resolve to cure it.��Our deepest addiction is the creation of attachment to, and identification with, ideas and images that we ���mistake��� for our self.��This is why fear is often referred to as False Experience Appearing Real!��
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This is why the real hero in life, with real courage in life, is the one who is able to clearly see and ���let go��� of an illusion that they have created about their ���self���.���� So that one day the unreal is no more, and reality is restored.��If we don���t end our habit of attachment and misidentification then that other description of fear will continue to kick in i.e. Forget Everything And Run!
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Question:��What are the three things that you fear most and why do you think that is?
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Reflection:��Take ten minutes each day, sit somewhere quiet, relax ,and see if you can see the mechanism and process described in the paragraph above that starts with ��� While any fear ���seems��� real�����
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Action:��Identify two images you regularly create in your mind, attach your ���self ��� to, and identify with, that give rise to fear in the form of worry or anxiety?
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�� Mike George 2010
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