The sensation we now call fear can be a gateway to inner awakening. Whenever we taste fear, we can suspect that we are close to knowledge we have hidden from ourselves.

Whenever we approach the boundaries of our experience and begin to perceive something new, fear will arise like a shadow, concealing whatever we most need to know.

Like a good friend, fear will never leave us until we completely understand our own being. As long as we seek greater knowledge of who and what we are, we can trust fear to serve as a compass to our own awareness, a pointer showing us the way to greater knowledge.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Knowledge of Freedom

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