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Essences of Nature: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself

Essences of Nature: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself Mary Ann Altamarino Antenucci

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is ... fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life, a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

This famous quotation about fear has been circulating in my mind over the past few days. So I looked it up and was struck by how profound the entire quote was and how it is so applicable to our current state of affairs. Truer words could not have been spoken. How does fear or the idea of fear impact you? How much does it influence your life? How real is it to you? How much power do you have over it? Do you conquer it, or does it conquer you?

Fear can be insidious. We may not even be aware that we are operating from fear. We may even call it by a different name. We may, without realizing it, absorb the motions and emotions of others so that we find ourselves reacting and grasping rather than discerning and trusting. Many of us in the new thought community are familiar with the concept of False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). What reality are we stuck in? How are we cooperating with what we don't want? How do we clear our thoughts to get clear of fear?