Useful Types Of Fear

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is to be done with fear and trembling before a descent? After all, the Creator gave us the point in the heart and He can pick it up.

Answer: A descent does not at all mean that the Creator takes away the point in the heart. The fear of a descent can be the fear of the pain involved in a descent, when a person is detached from spirituality. He may fear it because he doesn’t want to be in this state, because during the descent he curses the group, the teacher, and the Creator.

He may also fear the powerlessness of the ascent after the descent; you do not raise yourself; you aren’t able to do this by yourself.  because he cannot do this by himself. This means that there can be a descent in which a person loses all connection with the upper world and he may not even be reminded of it. On the whole, there are different types of fear of a descent, and they are all very good and essential.

It is a blessing if a person feels fear. The remedy for this fear is the connection with the group, because when you fall, you cannot promise yourself in any way that you will awaken from the descent, except through the provision of the guarantee that the group will help you. There is no other way.
From the Convention In St. Petersburg “Day One” 9/19/14, Lesson 2

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