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Excerpted from A Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen. Copyright 1996 by Alan Cohen. Excerpted by permission of Hay House Publishers.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Fear tells us that we are small, powerless, and separate. Love affirms that we are great, creative, and connected."

  Alan Cohen, A Deep Breath of Life, Part 6

January 6

Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"May I speak to you for a moment?" the older woman asked the young hunk on the beach.

"Well, I was hoping to have some quiet time," he replied.

"I won't bother you -- I just need to tell you something."


She pulled her beach towel next to his. "I need to talk to you because I am afraid to," Beverly confessed. "I feel too shy to speak to good-looking men who are younger than I am. When I saw you today, I wanted to talk to you, but I felt anxious. So I had to do this to break my sense of 'I can't.'"

The man thanked Beverly for her honesty, and the two engaged in pleasant conversation. Then she excused herself and walked away, stronger than she was when she approached him.

Fear tells us that we are small, powerless, and separate. Love affirms that we are great, creative, and connected. Which voice do you choose to be your guide?

The way to dissolve a limit is to step right up to it and look it in the eye. When we shine the light on the darkness, we see that the thing we ran from had power over us only as long as we kept it at a distance. When we face what frightens us, we discover that we are bigger than it is. We can do anything we choose; we were not born to live in fear, but in love.

I am free as God created me,

I am bigger than fear.

I step forward and live in the light.

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