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
untilwe 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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