Are you afraid of the dark? I was. Afraid... that there might be something within the unknown darkness which could conquer me, something I wouldn't be able to handle, something that might even obliterate my very existence. Then, I chose to face my fear and ventured into the darkness. The imaginations generated by my fear were partly true: There was conquest and obliteration – not of myself, but rather of the fear itself. I remained – in the recognition that the belief of being conquered was not representative of who I choose to be. Of course, this example is analogous to any and all fears. I am understanding that by getting to the core of the belief which generates the fear – by going into the darkness to investigate – the fear itself vanishes. This simply means there really is no reason to be afraid of fear. Rather, fear may be befriended as an indication mechanism for when a belief is out of alignment with who one prefers to be. A spiritual viewpoint emphasizes the realization that we are eternal spirits – simultaneously existing as individuated consciousness as well as one single unified consciousness. [ 1] Therefore, anything which ever can be found in the darkness of the unknown is another aspect of oneself. As I can choose to make a friend of myself in order to learn and grow, there is no point in being afraid of myself. Since no matter how obscure and unfamiliar the unknown aspect is, it can eventually also be integrated within my individuated consciousness through experience.