Litany Against Fear

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
~Bene Gesserit

I first read that on one of Seti I Shadim’s blogs, years ago. I would think back to it, and somehow ended up replacing ‘fear’ with ‘doubt’ in recalling my favorite line: “Doubt is the mind-killer.” It was years later when I rediscovered that litany, and saw the original version used ‘fear’ instead of ‘doubt’. It was an accidental variation of my own it seems.

I’d meant to revisit it sooner, but only started playing with the whole litany a little earlier tonight…

Litany Against Doubt | Doubt Is The Mind Killer

I must not doubt. Doubt is the mind-killer.
Doubt is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my doubt, acknowledge it, understand it, and pass through it.
And when it has been dealt with I will move forward.
Where the attention given to it has gone, there will be vitality and passion.
For when doubt has been embraced and surpassed, only I will remain.

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