Wisdom of The Bene Gesserit

Litany Against Fear

I will not fear.

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

Only I will remain.

-Frank Herbert, Dune

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom of The Bene Gesserit

  1. I remember, vaguely, reading Dune. I think I need to reread it. I remember that I loved it, and about spice and worms, and about being transported someplace intriguing.


    • “Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

      “The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”

      “What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”

      “The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”

      “Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and has powers of reality.”

      “There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles. — Muad’Dib” 🙂

      “Many have marked the speed with which Muad’Dib learned the necessities of Arrakis. The Bene Gesserit, of course, know the basis of this speed. For the others, we can say that Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.”

      “Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.” (interesting to contemplate in application in ones life)

      and a personal favorite for chewing over:

      “Hope clouds observation.” (ever the rose colored glass looker, I can shoot myself in the foot with great aim from time to time lol)

      -Frank Herbert, ‘Dune’

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