You are a spirit, driving a meat-coated skeleton, made from stardust, riding a rock, hurtling through space. Fear nothing.

What is your single greatest fear? 

More importantly, what does your internal reaction to this fear cause you to miss out on in life? 

If this fear were suddenly lifted, would it have a significant impact on you and the choices that you are making? 

Fear is as basic as any of the core emotions. Our reptilian lizard brain wants to take fear and react to it in every way that we feel or deem appropriate, but in the end, what percentage of our lives are spent in some degree or another, in reacting to fear stimuli? 

If you were truly fearless, is it possible that your life would be substantially different than it is now? 

Taking the time to really ask ourselves these questions could not be more important in the process of living. A wholly satisfied life is filled with challenges which give us cause to rise to the occasion and prevail. 

Our opportunity to awaken to this reality comes to us through several reminders like this one. The majority of us read or listen to statements like this, and yet we still spend a very large portion of our lives, acting in defense of some conjured danger that we are continually cowering from. 

This is not to say that living a reckless, carefree life is the optimum choice, but rather. taking an inventory of the things that make us afraid and understanding them for what they are, is critical to our overall feeling of comfort and satisfaction. 

Life is going to continually charge you with variables for which you may not be ultimately prepared, but if you are proactive and truly on top of your game, you will discover that fear is as much your ally as your potential enemy, because in the course of teaching you about what you are most afraid, you will discover the pieces of the puzzle you might be missing in order to live a much more satisfying, and vibrant experience. 

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!