I asked for courage, to be relieved of my fears. I fear what people think of me, and I know it prevents me from following what I am called to do. My prayer was granted, but I hardly realized what I had asked for. To let go of my fears, I needed to let go of my fear of death.
What was it like, for those weeks, days or hours when I was granted freedom from the fear of death? It was like the forest fire had been put out. So many voices that had driven me fell silent. I smelled no scorched earth, I felt no heat or damp. I had no attachment, existed without thinking, weightless. I felt nothing but waiting, yet hardly felt time passing. I was suspended like a seed in the dark earth, rootless. No yearning, no sense of loss. Only an awareness of consciousness without preference. I couldn't actually care, and although I was perplexed by the new experience, I couldn't care less.
Life forms strive above all to stay alive. To realize that our inner nature, our spirit is not something that can be terminated is to understand the significance of eternal life. We need not fear those who can kill the body. We need only fear those who can kill the soul by enticing it to value money above Spirit. Money is spent before it reaches our hands. Not only does Spirit cost nothing, Spirit is free. Spirit gives even while we rest in the earth waiting for the return of the Sun.