April 2020 Monthly Planner: -The polar opposite of faith is fear, and the great master and pioneer of mental science—Helen Wilmans wrote: “There is only one live devil, that is fear.” And the more we study humanity and its many-sided expressions, the more we see the wisdom of her words. Fear, more than any other thing, operates against success. Here is the tool, these April 2020 Monthly Planners, that helps you to put down this weight. No one can reach the summit of himself as long as he tries to climb with this ball and chain weighing him down. Fear stands as a gloomy sentinel and will not let the Spirit pass into the possession of its best. The strands of failure are made from the fibers of fear; wherever fear is active, failure is its neighbor. Looking at this very active agent we are obliged to ask the question, “where did fear originate, of what are we afraid, and why does fear dog the footsteps of the whole failure world?” Try as we will deny it, the fact remains that no matter how unfolded a human life is, there is always something of which it is afraid. Sometimes it is manifested as physical fear, sometimes as psychological fear, sometimes as spiritual fear, but fear of something and weakness of character in that particular direction is a part of the scheme of the race unfoldment. And where fear is positive in nature, controlling and limiting the life’s natural forces, there is nothing on earth that will turn aside the negative results of this law.
April 2020 Monthly Planner
Fear is the inheritance we have received from primeval man; the younger the nation, race or individual, the more fear there is expressed. At the beginning of life, when man first found himself, he found that self surrounded by things with which he was totally unfamiliar; he found danger on every side; the roar of the wild beasts around him struck terror to his soul and he soon found that he was in perpetual danger; in every unguarded moment, he became a prey for the beasts in the jungle. Hemmed in on every side by destroying elemental forces, he came by fear and caution to protect his own life; gradually this ever-present need developed a fear consciousness which increased or decreased according to his power of coping with the elemental forces; those who were able to outwit the beast, destroy the viper, escape the lightning stroke and withstand the wind and storms, gradually developed moral courage which in time cast out all physical fear.
These became the progenitors of all races of dauntless courage, but those who, slower in perception, cruder in action, and timid in power, grew more and more fearful, developed a fear consciousness which became the progenitor of a race of physical cowards. The descendants of these physical cowards are everywhere. Ignorance, and the lack of power, was the root of the tree of fear and its branches in the present day are self-consciousness and lack of true knowledge of self, people and condition. We only fear what we do not understand, and no one ever fears to express himself only in the degree he is in a false position to himself. Men fear physical conditions because they are unfamiliar with the things and conditions in them. They fear people because they do not know them. Whoever thought of being afraid of one he loved? Perfect love casteth out all fear, and perfect love means perfect understanding. We will fear until we learn that there is nothing in all the world of which we need to be afraid, and nothing can harm us but ourselves. This article, April 2020 Calendars is the tool you can use to overcome this fear. The lion tamer has no fear of the den of lions, and Daniel in the lions’ den was perfectly safe through this knowledge of the true laws of all life, his conscious union made for him a new condition.
There is something in the soul of man which rises supreme over the animal world. Man has finished and included all of the animal consciousness centuries ago and has pent up within him the latent consciousness of all the animal kingdom— it is for man to command and it must obey.
Men fear new conditions because they are outside of their immediate experiences. There are some who would as soon face a loaded cannon as a break in a new position, or meet a new responsibility, but after they are acquainted with it they are brave as a lion. All things are easy and common-place as soon as they are old. There are crowds of failures simply because we are afraid of each other. Good actors and actresses have failed because they could not forget the crowd outside the footlights; fear brings self-consciousness, and this is death to all true greatness. Singers fail again and again because self-conscious fear stifles their breath and grips them so that they cannot express their best.