In the book and movie, Dune, the protagonist Paul Atreides recited a litany to see himself through his greatest fears:
Litany Against 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 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.
- Frank Herbert, Dune
According to the Dune wikia,
"Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides I, used the Litany when the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his intellect. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony. NB. This was not actually a test of his "intellect", it was a test of his humanity in a qualitative sense. A person whose nature is still primarily bestial recoils from pain and seeks to flee it to preserve itself, a person of higher nature goes through it and out the other side in order to remove the threat permanently."
Paul used the litany powerfully, not as an affirmation or supplication, but as an invocation. When faced with fearsome challenges, fear welled up in him. He focused his mind and overrode the rising fear, holding it at bay with his will and the words of the litany. The 'Litany Against Fear' puts much emphasis on the threat of fear, in a polarizing way: 'Fear is the mind-killer....'
Paul used the litany when tested by Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, and again when facing and subduing the giant sandworm. To me these scenes represent a shift from being the slave to the master of oneself.
The 'Litany of Love' puts emphasis on what I choose to create, in a non- polarizing way. Where attention goes, energy flows. I apply the 'Litany of Love' throughout the day. It has been a tremendously powerful tool for me. You could write your own litany when you understand how it can be used – not recited like an affirmation but invoked from a place of clarity and will. Each line has a depth of meaning. It is not to be recited lightly, but slowly — allowing oneself to sink into a deep feeling for the energy behind the words.
Litany of Love
I let go of all that hinders and embrace all that supports emotional maturity, refinement and mastery.
I am an individuated expression of the One Being, having a human experience.
The One Being of unified consciousness is all that is.
I feel the One Being in, through and around me.
Nothing is external. The other and I are one.
The Sacred flows within everything. Consciousness is ever-present.
I enter the Present Moment and abide in Stillness. I rest in the unknown, in the mystery unfolding.
I act from feelings of maturity, refinement and mastery.
I listen deeply to what Life is saying and merge with what is.
I serve the wholeness of Life.
The 'Litany of Love' does not have to be kept in its exact form. Sometimes I mix the sentences or shorten them. Having worked the energy of the words into my memory, I trust whatever comes up in the moment. When resistance arises, I merge with what is. When I feel uncertain or pressed, I pause and listen deeply to what Life is saying. When I am scattered or fragmented, I feel the One Being, enter the Moment or remind myself, nothing is external and the sacred flows through everything. When circumstances seem pointless or challenging, I invoke my service to the wholeness of life.
It has shifted my energy in definite, clear ways. I am using it daily as a tool to continue sculpting myself into the person I choose to be. I handle challenging situations with greater calmness and confidence, and go through discomforts rather than walking away from them. I am able to feel more compassion when before there was disgust or disassociation.
You could read and recite the 'Litany of Love', allow yourself to feel it, and decide if it is something for you. Once you have the idea, you might choose to write a litany from your perspective and life experience.
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The dawning of the conceptual age is upon us, with a vision of communication and cooperation between humans and networks of conscious electrons; developing frequency awareness; and living from Void consciousness. Rings true? Makes your heart sing? Piques curiosity? I am glad to hear from you.