Transcending Fear in Times Like These
In times like these, fear rises. Sometimes unexpectedly. Other times it manifests after hours of worry and trepidation. I am often asked: “Rev. Jack, how do I get past the fear?” Here’s what I know for sure: Fear can be transcended. Nature teaches us that the most natural way to transcend fear, is to surrender in it’s wake. I offer:
Fear Khalil Gibran
It is said that before entering the sea a river trembles with fear.
She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and villages.
And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.
But there is no other way. The river can not go back.
Nobody can go back. To go back is impossible in existence.
The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean because only then will fear disappear, because that’s where the river will know it’s not about disappearing into the ocean, but of becoming the ocean.
(c) 2020 ElderPride4me.org Info: Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese poet, writer, and visual artist of the late 1800s and early 1900s. He’s quite well known for his book, The Prophet. Rev. Jack Elliott is the Founding Spiritual Director for ElderPride, A CSL Focus Ministry. To reach him, write to ElderPrideinfo@gmail.com.