Wednesday, November 30, 2005

"Fear is the mind-killer."

It was a WOMAN who said it. In every Dune book. . . . Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

The litany against fear

In the Dune novel, the Bene Gesserit used the following chanted words to reduce their 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 allow my fear to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone I will turn my inner eye to see its path. And where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

The exact wording however, differs in the book. The film version ends at "over me and through me'" - the last three sentences are removed. A few people use this fictional litany as a kind of mantra to help them reduce fear in the real world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check out "Better than Vietnam" on the Hannah blog