Fear = False Expectations Appearing Real
This means that a lot of the fears that we have are not real. They only exist in our mind. Other fears have something to do with the inevitable -like death, for example. At that moment we try to ignore the subject, deny it or get morbidly obsessed by it, pondering about the meaninglessness of life. However, at this very moment we can’t do anything about dying, so it is almost bizarre that death itself is feared so fiercely. It is one of the few certainties in life. A realistic fear would be to die unprepared, or to feel that we haven’t lived to our full potential. This fear can stimulate us to take action at this moment to make sure that we do have a meaningful life.
“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's not just in some of us; it's 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.”
- A Return to Love - Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson -