Carlos Castaneda: And what can he do to overcome fear?
Don Juan: The answer is very simple. He must not run away. He must defy his fear, and in spite of it he must take the next step in learning, and the next, and the next. He must be fully afraid, and yet he must not stop. That is the rule! And a moment will come when his first enemy retreats. The man begins to feel sure of himself. His intent becomes stronger. Learning is no longer a terrifying task. When this joyful moment comes, the man can say without hesitation that he has defeated his first natural enemy…Once a man has vanquished fear, he is free from it for the rest of his life because, instead of fear, he has acquired clarity - a clarity of mind which erases fear. By then a man knows his desires; he knows how to satisfy those desires. He can anticipate the new steps of learning, and a sharp clarity surrounds everything. The man feels that nothing is concealed.
“Many people believe that they are still experiencing aspects of suffering even when they are acknowledging themselves as becoming enlightened and united with the Creator. There is truth in this as we are not truly free until we surrender to the Creator completely on all levels of your being, surrendering our soul and monad as well.” - Lady Quan Yin (‘Giving Compassion,’ 13 February 2011, www.omna.org).
“Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.” - Author Unknown.
As far as I know there was only one victim in my area. An Asian jewellers round the corner from where I live had their window and door smashed in. But I saw some young black people hanging around looking for trouble ('glory') and really wanting something to kick off but they needed more people to create momentum and to hide them from their own conscience. And some other people were excited, hoping something would explode as though for entertainment, whether participating or observing. But, as I kept saying with a bewildered look on my face, 'This place is full of Asians!' It's those thuggish types of blacks and white people (but also some young Asian men) who are responsible for the violence and destruction, people who don't really care about anyone but themselves. Destruction is part of transformation but on this level it is not revolution. The revolution is real but it's a quiet, inner revolution. People challenging the status quo by expressing and living alternative truths. We are also going beyond that, participating in the creation of the new one, sowing seeds. We don't even need to pay any attention to the old skin the world snake is shedding, just bring out these vibrant new colours and wondrous patterns within us.