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It’s often said that fear is a state of mind. In one person’s mind, dangling over a cliff on a rope causes fear, while another individual may enjoy the experience. I used to teach abseiling (or rappelling) and was of the latter mind-set. For me, fear was having to read in front of others, or write something for someone else to read. I felt that my writing and speaking skills were nonexistent, and this caused my self-image to wither. Furthermore, in 1970 an educational psychologist diagnosed me as dyslexic. For years I accepted that there was really nothing I could do to escape the tyranny of this disability.
Yet, despite my apathy, God was present the whole time revealing to me that I could achieve more, that I was capable of overcoming the delusion of a slow tongue and a crippled mind. As Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already done; …” (p. 260).
As I prayed, it occurred to me that fear does not really touch any of us. Fear would try to blind us to the presence of God and His love for us. It never touches us. As Mrs. Eddy said in Science and Health, “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (p. 463). Thus, as a spiritual idea of God, I knew that I could remove the error of fear, for it never had a place in consciousness.
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