“We should master fear, instead of cultivating it.” (Science and Health, page 197)
When we cultivate anything, we are preparing it and promoting its growth. Think about what you want to see realized in your life, what you want to spend time and effort, focus and energy, getting ready to bring to fruition.
To plant in the soil of your life seeds of fear, and then to nurture them there, is to cultivate an experience that is unproductive, paralyzing, and limited in every way. It is normal in our human lives to be afraid, and it may at times seem very valid to feel this way. But, is the best action to feed these worries with dooming predictions, over-analysis, and hopeless helplessness? Isn’t it much better to recognize these fears and to see that we can conquer them?
As thoughtful and right-minded individuals, we certainly seek mastery in our lives. We want to grow and learn and reach a better understanding of things. Why not master the very thing that can cause life to be less than you deserve, and actually hinders your growth? Why not be the master of fear, rather than its slave?
When fear appears, root it out! It doesn’t need a lot more attention and pondering and whining and worry. What it needs is recognition that it is, indeed, a weed messing up our garden. We can then see that the good that is with us and in us, the inspiration and understanding we already have, is much bigger than those anxious thoughts. In fact, that fear has no roots. But by pulling it out, we can see what it’s been hiding from us, and only gain more power and strength and beauty in our lives by mastering that lie, whether it takes one swift uproot or many!
Let’s cultivate the good that is in our lives. Let’s be a grateful garden and remember that fear is not a part of Divine Love’s creation, so it is not a legitimate part of our lives.
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