QA130 QUESTION: In your last lecture [Lecture #130 Finding True Abundance by Going Through Your Fear] you spoke about giving yourself over to what seems the unknown, and the difficulty in doing that. I feel that difficulty very strongly. I feel the unknown, and what I don’t understand is what the unknown is.
ANSWER: The unknown is any tomorrow; in two minutes from now, it is unknown. You must fear the unknown to the degree you fear yourself, or do not trust yourself. I cannot possibly describe the unknown or its possibility from either a philosophical or a psychological approach, for there is no other answer than yourself.
As you cease to fear yourself, as you become known to yourself, you must trust life, Creation, the universe – whatever it contains. Therefore, the unknown tomorrow cannot be frightening. The key to this lies in yourself.
You must fear the future to the degree you fear yourself or the possibilities within yourself or the potentials within yourself or anything within yourself. Now, as you find yourself and understand yourself – and this any of my friends who really follow this Pathwork have experienced and are experiencing constantly – to the degree you discover yourself and no longer fear yourself but trust yourself, you trust life.
You cease fearing life and the tomorrow and any unknown. The answer always lies within the self. For if it were otherwise, man would indeed be lost. The fact that he has himself as a key – which makes it so accessible and so possible to stop fear and to stop uncertainty – that is the beauty and the truth of Creation. It is possible to know yourself.
I do not say it is always easy, but it is certainly feasible, possible and realizable in exact proportion as it is desired. That is the key to a state of fearlessness. Any answer I might have given you describing what the unknown is might, at the moment, have perhaps sounded interesting. But it would not ever offer you or anyone else a key to making the unknown known, for your unknown may be something completely different than another person’s.
Your fear of yourself is connected with your inner problems and may not be at all the fear of the unknown another person has. You may both, for argument sake or as for an example, let us say, fear death, or fear the uncertainty of the future, or fear specific elements you both have in common. But the underlying reason may be entirely different, because you both fear something else within yourself, something you do not dare to face, and erroneously so. For whatever is faced and therefore truly understood must immediately cease to be threatening.