“Ordinarily, if an average man comes face to face with the nagual the shock would be so great that he would die. The goal of a warrior’s training is not to teach him to hex or to charm, but to prepare his tonal not to crap out ... You call it explaining. I call it a sterile and boring insistence of the tonal to have everything under it’s control. Whenever it doesn’t succeed, there is a moment of bafflement and then the tonal opens itself to death. What a prick! It would rather kill itself than relinquish control. And yet there is very little we can do to change that condition.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

How to end Fear of the Dark


I have not yet been faced with this situation but I (initially) liked the approach outlined in this post:

For my little girl, darkness was a room-sized problem with no definite form. My strategy was to divide it into smaller problems with definite forms and then address them one at a time.

However by the time I was finished with it I had questions and doubts about it. What if there was a deeper experience the little girl was experiencing? What if “dividing it into smaller problems” killed something that needed to surface? What does this solution express about our relation to fear? What is the little girl learning about fear? It’s great to be able to overcome fear, but shouldn’t we sometimes know how to listen to it? I am tempted to think of alternate routes … but I honestly don’t have any credibility to do that … I’ve never been in that situation.

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