MKE 2019 Week 19

Haanel Part 19 Fear and Polarity

Fear is a powerful form of thought. It paralyzes the nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of the blood. This, in turn, paralyzes the muscular system, so that fear affects the entire being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular. Of course the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power. What is this mysterious vital force which we call power? We do not know, but then, neither do we know what electricity is.

Some folks have defined fear as "False Evidence Appearing Real" to emphasize the fact that fear is not real. Danger is real, but fear is a perception of facts, like in this excerpt from "After Earth":

The next discussion is that there are vital forces and substances. What initially appear to be opposites are merely points on a continuum. Take for example, heat and cold. When does cold become hot? Absolute zero (approx -273 Kelvin) is the absence of heat. At any other temperature we are warmer than some temperatures and colder than others. Or, as Mr. Haanel puts it,

In the physical world there are innumerable contrasts, and these may for convenience sake, be designated by distinctive names. There are sizes, colors, shades or ends to all things. There is a North Pole, and a South Pole, an inside and an outside, a seen and an unseen, but these expressions merely serve to place extremes in contrast. 6. They are names given to two different parts of one quantity. The two extremes are relative; they are not separate entities, but are two parts or aspects of the whole. 7. In the mental world we find the same law; we speak of knowledge and ignorance, but ignorance is but a lack of knowledge and is therefore found to be simply a word to express the absence of knowledge; it has no principle in itself. 8. In the Moral World we again find the same law; we speak of good and evil, but Good is a reality, something tangible, while Evil is found to be simply a negative condition, the absence of Good. Evil 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 Good; just as Truth destroys Error and light destroys darkness, so Evil vanishes when Good appears; there is therefore but one principle in the Moral World. 9. We find exactly the same law obtaining in the Spiritual world; we speak of Mind and Matter as two separate entities, but clearer insight makes it evident that there is but one operative principle and that is Mind. 10. Mind is the real and the eternal. Matter is forever changing; we know that in the eons of time a hundred years is but as a day. If we stand in any large city and let the eye rest on the innumerable large and magnificent buildings, the vast array of conveniences of modern civilization, we may remember that not one of them was there just over a century ago, and if we could stand on the same spot in a hundred years from now, in all probability we should find that but few of them remained.

Health is real and vital. Sickness is the lack of health, just as cold is the lack of heat. So when I say "I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy", I am stating vital principles. I am speaking the truth, just as Abraham said "I and the boy will return" although he was told to go sacrifice his son. How could he say that? Maybe he knew this ahead of time.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

For this month we have been reading about death in the scrolls and current obituaries. We know it is the cycle of life to be born, grow old and die. But while we are alive, we have the now to be who we will to be.

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