Fear is the beginning of wisdom

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil. . .

The media is filled with frightening information. Violence and threats of violence are everywhere. The economy is struggling. Our leaders seem to be dysfunctional. It is easy to become frightened. Fear is uncomfortable. And, with the amount of fearful events reported every day an underlying fearful state of being seems normal. “Be frightened about your life, your money, your health, your family,” seems to be the constant mantra of the news and our friends.

To recognize that we are experiencing fear is to know that we are walking “through a valley of dangerous shadows” and this is the first step – the beginning of wisdom.

While it is not possible to just stop being frightened, it is possible to stop being frightened of fear. After all, it is just a very uncomfortable feeling – not the real stuff of life.

. . . I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.

Who or what is the “Thou” that is “with me” and not frightened of fear or evil? The “Thou” is the ever-over-flowing soundless voice of inspired wisdom.

Thou preparest a table before me in the midst of mine enemies.

Fear, the emotional and physiological reaction to being threatened, is the “enemy,” as living a frightened life is self-destructive. When frightened we cannot be aware of the “table of good” intelligent ideas laid before us. We cannot see the “green pastures” of good pathways through our problems we are being led to.

It is not panic that will safely guide us through difficult situations – it is creative inspiration that flows from Thou into us, just as the river feeds the trees.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

About nrosanoff

Spiritual coach/counselor, Metapsychiatrist, MetaViewer of Life.
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4 Responses to Fear is the beginning of wisdom

  1. Janice Gallick says:

    Nancy, you have captured the times we are all going through and given us a perspective on how to see this time with separation from the events of the day. As you have often stated, fear is one of the most debilitating reactions we can have to a given situation. The examples you have presented from the Bible provide inspiration and a more enlightened way to view our lives today. More and more people I know are shutting off the news and turning to books. Do you have books you would recommend that would be helpful at this time?

  2. Marlene says:

    Thanks, Nancy. Very nice reminder and I like the use of the scripture.
    My niece read this at John’s memorial service. Maybe I will share your words with her.

    Also,
    just realized the reason i was not getting an email notification of your posts: I typed my address incorrectly!

    • nrosanoff says:

      Thanks Marlene,
      By the way, on my “facebook” page – there is the beginnings of a poem you wrote – but I cannot seem to get to the screen to see the whole piece – can you send it to me?

  3. Marlene says:

    Nancy,
    I’m not sure which poem you are referring to and can’t find it on your FB page. When I know which one I’ll be happy to send it. Thanks you!

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