Fear as an emotion dictates that it appear as a consequent or contingent upon some other pre existing conditions . Fear is an Emotion so it is general in nature . If we examine carefully ourselves we will find that we are Fearful because of something - underlying fear ie, if in meditation we sit down and analyze the word and its feeling and what in our consciousness it means we find that it it is attached to or accompanied by another proposition in tow. We fear death , which we can plainly say is ranging from apprehensions of Bodily harm to the extinguishing of our body . We fear loss of security, we fear loss of wealth, children, we fear for others , we fear our dog will get run over by a car , or an intruder will come into the house, we fear failure at work or life , we fear ignominy, we fear fame , we fear poverty and hunger , we fear misery and sorrow, we fear we may be locjed out of the house , or be mugged - in fact for every feeling and belief we have a fear attached to it . We even fear the loss of faith or beliefs that may happen if we choose a particular way of living or action . We fear offending others . A million fears are attached to all the things known and unknown , fear reigns supreme and we fear fear itself . It is a vast ocean of misery built on nothingness except our ignorance and error of perception . Conscience is an outcrop of fear , as conscience works by the tool of fear and in a negative manner .We fear mere shadows like sounds, colours, flashes of light .
Why does fear occur and when does it occur is then the big question , how is one to be able to control this dastardly emotion that reduces even heros to snivelling idiots.
Forgetting or faulty memory is the culprit, loose thinking and no knowledge of the workings of the inner equipments of thought and knowledge is to be blamed. Why is fear so pervasive within a single individual is what is to be looked into -
The truth is that Fear is the representation of the word nothing or nothingness it appears within our consciousness when just as person who has in real life misplaced his valuable and is suddenly fearful that it has been robbed believes so wrongly. In fear what happens is that internally within ourselves we are confronted with a loss of a support or basis for existence . We apprehend that the very axiom on which our every premise or belief was built is lost , this happens automatically as a function of our intellect which goes by logic and structure . To make things more clearly I would like to state that in our every knowledge there exists an a priori underlying it - basically it relates to the idea of who we are - in other words if I think I am the body and so and so person , any thing that requires logical thinking has to include myself also - now what happens is due to excessive preoccupation with the idea or thought that we are having we unconsciously ascribe fear to the Ego which actually is the Ego and not the physical body . The ego is the knowledge of ourself within us - now what happens is that we unconsciously imagine the removal of the substratum or thing or subject matter under consideration , In other words we sort of simulate by thought the removal of the particular object that we consider as desirable to us . The resulting feeling is nothingness since the ego has been equated to an object of desire and then removed , this feeling of nothingness or the signifying by thought or feeling of the perceived loss of an object of desire is then in our conscious mind by weak understanding interpreted as a feeling of fear . Between the thinking of the thought and the feeling of fear - in the middle there is a subtle cognition by ourselves as a void or the absence of everything , and since we are not aware of our own thoughts and processes and due to the body centric ego we fail to detect this logical gap of knowledge which flashes within us and since we are gross in intellect - we do not know what exactly was the logic involved and what was understood by the intellect - on the contrary we transpose our previous memory of the prior thought - much as one uses a blank tile in scrabble .
to illustrate this particularly subtle movement of life and breath in our consciousness :
If I Imagine that I may lose my wealth and imagine how my life would be etc , it creates an impression within me and a resolve that "I will see to it that in no way will I ever descend into poverty, I will provide and make my life secure " etc etc.
This imagination has taken place inside only theoretically and not actually , But the man actually goes out into the world and conducts his affairs in a manner to preclude this - it is ingrained in every act of his and his attitude . So we have the example of cross consciousness - We have interpolated ourself (Ego not the body ) in mind and gained the insight that poverty is bad and physical suffering will ensue (as Ego= Body) and so I do as I believe in the real world .
Now obviously the man has ample means , this means was gained by an error of reasoning - he felt or "knew'' that poverty is bad and holds pain - (he did not actually suffer it ) but the impression of thought and feeling is within him (ie of poverty) and the logic (of having suffered the poverty in thought or dream and the admittance of the impressions of this fake experience by thought in his memory ) is only known to his intellect (the thinker) . But not to the body with which he identifies by virtue of the Ego (ie he considers himself the body ) - so there is a lie involved !!!
It works like this : He creates the impression and hence the will to stay out of poverty by fooling his memory by a fake aversion and then links his thoughts as if he had been poor in reality and then having suffered he is now making an effort to stay afloat (this is the actual internal logic of HIS intellect, EGO and Memory ) .
Now the lie is embedded within - he acknowledges that he has suffered , yet not suffered actually but is only precluding this suffering - this is done by shifting his knowledge from his memory to intellect etc in order to maintain structure . (A kind of Fooling the Brain - but here it is more dangerous as what is done is FOOLING THE WILL or APPROPRIATING WILL by lying to the self or in other words imagination which is false and not aesthetic or sublime).
So the Will withdraws at these points of contact wherever a lie has has been embedded (in short in everything in a person .... so much for honesty of purpose in people!!!!). And it is this withdrawal that is encountered as Fear , since loss of Will is the annihilation of the Body and Ego as the person has seen his body as himself and so will not endure - the inner self revolts by projecting the knowledge that one is moving into nothingness and not the truth , which creates a fear in the Ego within our consciousness . As you think so you become !!!.
Which is why the man of knowledge is fearless - and absolutely fearless since he never lies , the waking state is not mixed by dreams or sleep and vice versa - he has no states as such . HIs will never withdraws and is one and the same as that of the cosmic and his every action is a cosmic action willed by the infinite for him .
I hope I have been able to bring out the analysis of fear as an emotion and why it is so . Of course other views may be there , but here I have also shed in a negative way on what truth is , what lying is and how it is ordered within the inner equipments . More than fear , I hope an idea as to how things work within us is gained . Ethics is gained to only after a clear reflection or thinking is gained to .