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A Prayer for Fearlessness

May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference, and addictions also decrease.

May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future.

May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves and others to be as insubstantial as our dreams.

May we appreciate the great perfection of all phenomena.

May we continue to open our hearts and minds, in order to work ceaselessly for the benefit of all beings.

May we go to the places that scare us.

May we lead the life of a warrior.

–from Pema Chödrön’s “The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times.”

PS: Note from CM to PC: Are our dreams (in any sense) ever really insubstantial? That’s my only complaint with this otherwise lovely bit!

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posted January 8, 2007 at 8:42 pm

What a wonderful prayer. In fact, I’ll be talking about prayer in an upcoming post on my own blog (not sure when though). Nevertheless, much of this prayer, while outward focused (which is necessary), speaks much of our inner lives, especially when we ask, “May we go to the places that scare us.” I’ve commented on that myself, only in a different way. We are sometimes afraid of going inside ourselves, of seeing what has become of our souls -at least that’s been my experience in the past. We have to learn that “perfect love casts out all fear,” that God’s love is bigger than our fear, and understand that God can help us overcome that fear that hinders us going forward.

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posted January 10, 2007 at 1:51 pm

I also agree that dreams are not insubstantial. Dreams are the voice and heart of your soul. That makes them significant. I did like the prayer though— it’s a good one!

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posted January 12, 2007 at 3:11 pm

dreams are only substantial if you remember them and gain something then. I read an excerpt “When I was about six years old I recieved the essential bodhichitta teaching from an old woman sitting in the sun…” Im pretty sure that old woman didn’t say “when you get older, sell a book to crazy American women so you can be rich”

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