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Litany Against Fear

Hello All!

We have again survived another Monday and I’m off to bed shortly as my batteries are flat. I am also tempted by the lovely clean bedsheets and it’s nice to go to bed whilst it is still a bit light outside sometimes, it just feels luxurious!

Today was a big day for my Nipper as it was the first day of her AS exams, maths to be precise. Of all the things you expect to face as a parent, helping your children when they are terrified is the most important one, and the hardest to help with.

I first read Frank Herbert’s book Dune when I was quite young. It is my favourite book ever, and has shaped me as a person in thousands of ways.

The opening words are from the Emperor’s daughter,

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct

It was the first book to talk about ecology, and to consider the entire ecosystem on a world as a whole within the context of a fiction novel. The book is also very spiritual, and it talks about the power of individual belief and the politics behind organised religion, and explains the concept of a Jihad, or holy war.

There are a whole series of Dune books, plus a bunch of prequels written by Herbert’s son after his death. I enjoyed all of these.

When my daughter was looking for my help this morning to face her frightening day ahead, I looked up the Litany against Fear from Dune and showed it to her. I explained how I had used this little prayer throughout my life, and how it helps you see that you can face your fears and assures you you will come through the other side. It was originally used by Paul Leto, when challenged by the Reverend Mother Helen Mohiam and her Gom Jabbar.

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 Litany Against Fear.


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