One time I realized in meditation that the mentality of fear originated from ones selfishness. Owing to selfishness, we unconsciously have misgivings and worries because we have learned to protect our own interests. It comes from the narrow-mindedness and insignificancy of selfishness. We are naturally nervous and cautious when the mentality of fear emerges because this selfishness does not come with the broadness and open-mindedness of selflessness, let alone perfect calmness.
I therefore understood why we had to discard first the mentality of selfishness in cultivation and then we could attain righteous enlightenment. This had to start from every word, every behaviour, every moment and every place. We can not be careless at all. To get rid of the mentality of fear could not be achieved just by thinking. It needed a solid foundation of cultivation and to be accumulated and cultivated step by step.
The above is enlightened at my current level. Please point out anything inappropriate.
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