Hope – the other side of Fear

I have no fears, I have no hopes, I am free
– Nikos Kazantzakis

You might find this challenging, but I´ll say it anyway.

Hope is the other side of Fear. In fact, hope is the perfect tool which enhances Fear, as it postpones the true encounter with your genuine naked Self.

Hope, not only creates Fear, but also empowers doubt. If you are honest, you will clearly see this.

To live in Hope is to escape What is, repudiating the gift of this moment.

The gift I am talking about may come as overwhelming darkness, as immense hardship, as intense pain and huge loneliness.

I know from own experience that when one is in the midst of the abyss, you can hardly see it as a blessing.

Yet, “What is to give light must endure burning.”
– Viktor Frankl

Whoever has the guts to unflinchingly GO THROUGH AND NOT AROUND, will find the imperishable secret behind True Creation.

I have no fears, I have no hopes, I am free

She:
I have a friend who is going through a dark night, a period of seeming little help and no comfort. She has been much on my mind because I have been in that place. I think we can live well enough through periods of lovelessness and joylessness, but hope is vital; we experience it as a kind of peace. We keep on putting one foot in front of the other if we can feel that the road is true and the journey is right, even if we can’t quite perceive the light.

Me:
There was this Greek writer – Kazantzakis – who said this:

I have no fears, I have no hopes, I am a free man.

What does he mean? Let´s examine closely:

You state that Hope is vital. Is it really so…? I have no time or wish of indulging in inane sophistry here.

You see, hope means choice. And what is choice eventually?… Escape to – or from – something.
Can you see that Hope is another subtle derivative of Fear…?

I repeat, Hope is a facet of Fear, it is Ego basically, yes, it is ego calling itself “hope”.
It sounds probably far-fetched but we can try to look at this impartially:

What if, the best way to deal with darkness was to totally give in to utter hopelessness?

Indeed, to have no hope left, to have no choice other than fully and completely confront
Darkness and Pain – ego -, knowing that there is no way to escape other than facing its worst nightmare…

To stay with “What is” in total Attention, with no hope, with no choice
other than what´s being at hand, is to directly confront Fear!

And to face hopelessness with “hopelessness” is the end of duality and separation.

The moment we let go of duality in utter choicelessness, is the end of ego.

This is inhumanly difficult, I am very much aware of this. But if your friend has the guts
to expose herself to this insight, liberation can be her share.

Quote of the day

I hope nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
Nikos Kazantzakis

Damn good quote

You can knock on a deaf man’s door forever.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Says Nikos Kazantzakis

The highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!