The introduction to Part 19 of the Master Keys talks about fear as being a powerful form of thought. So much so that it paralyzes our nerve centers and affects the circulation of blood. Which, in turn, similarly affects the nervous system and essentially our entire being. Paralysis throughout our body, brain, nerves, physical, mental and muscular system. Yes, fear is a powerful form of thought!
What is fear? A few popular acronyms have been devised, such as: False Evidence Appearing Real, or Forget Everything And Run, to one more positive, Face Everything And Rise.
A few years ago, I was introduced to another way of characterizing fear. It was actually described as being “the opposite of love.” If asked, what is the opposite of love, most people would respond, hate. But hate is more accurately just one of many manifestations of fear – along with things like anger, resentment, jealousy, bitterness, etc. Fear is the root of these. Again, the dichotomy of Love is Fear – in other words, the absence of Love.
Reading further in Part 19, we find Section 8 which speaks to the dichotomy of good and evil. I saw a great parallel here to love and fear. Taking the liberty to substitute Love for good and Fear for evil, the passage reads as follows:
“In the Moral World we again find the same law; we speak of Love and Fear, but Love is a reality, something tangible, while Fear is found to be simply a negative condition, the absence of Love. Fear is sometimes thought to be a very real condition, but it has no principle, no vitality, no life; we know this because it can always be destroyed by Love; just as Truth destroys Error and light destroys darkness, so Fear vanishes when Love appears.”
Yes, fear can be a powerful thought form, but nothing is more powerful than fear’s opposite – Love!