We are living our lives in fear. Fear of the internal and the external. We think that by working to remove the fear of the external, we can somehow beat the internal, but this behaviour is the equivalent to wallpapering over a live electric wire: it will always sting when we touch it even slightly.

When you commit to removing the external fear, you are just covering up your internal fear. What’s more, the commitment to removing the external fear is a never-ending, never-satisfying, empty pursuit. It usually consists of desiring money, power, fame and fortune, but none of these things ever satisfy one, and they never deal with internal fear.

So, instead, work directly on your internal fear: the fear of your own thoughts, doubts and emotions. Once you learn to deal with, not remove – for removing fear is an impossible thing unless you are a psychopath, your internal fear, and you become comfortable with it, everything external will no longer matter. You’ll no longer chase superfluous things, of whose root desire, was to bring harmony inside inside your mind; to remove inner fear; and to be content with oneself. This can be achieved with, and only truly with: direct work on ones internal state of mind; and learning to accept and sit with fear – and get on with your life.

If you must, use fear as fuel, but do not ever try to remove it, for it will always be there. Why? Because it is a natural emotion; trying to get rid of it is working against the natural order – which is of course, never a wise thing to do.

Be comfortable with doubt, fear and uncertainty, and you’ll prepare yourself for anything life can hurdle towards your inner being. As Richard Feynman said is just a few words: “doubt is essential”. It really is.

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