Caroline over at The Zen in You has been writing some very insightful posts (she is a fellow Sagittarian so I expect nothing less...) and the one on 'Confronting Fears' reminded me of a story that was read to us in Philosophy a couple of months ago.
In a remote mountain village the head of the village died and leadership was passed on to his son.
Now the people had lived many years under the control of a huge monster who loomed like a shadow over the village.
Whenever anyone tried to find freedom this large shadow appeared with a loud voice echoing through the mountain. The villagers always retreated at the sight of the dark image.
The young man who was now the leader realised the time had come to confront this monster. He went out with a group of villagers and as soon as they appeared at the edge of the village the huge shadow appeared. They stepped back in fright.
The young man observed how the shadow became bigger and the voice louder as they retreated. He paused and then bravely took a step towards the shadow. It seemed to become slightly smaller. He stepped again and his view was confirmed, the shadow became less and the voice less powerful.
He continued moving towards it until at his feet was the source of the shadow. He plucked up this small ephemeral object in his had and asked
"Who are you?"
Fear was the weak feeble reply.
He closed his hand and it disappeared entirely.
The moral of the story was to 'Observe Fear and let it pass through you'.
Manly, Sydney, June 2008 - BEFORE
Manly, Sydney, June 2008 - AFTER