Good morning (here) all and hope this finds you in great spirits! For us it’s the weekend which is well….AWESOME SAUCE!
I don’t have a specific symbol for you today but last night, whilst reading from Dune House of Atreides, on page 370 I came across words that truly inspired me – The Litany Against Fear from the ancient Bene Gesserits (fiction). I even jotted it down in my pink spirit book! The message is so powerful! Even if you are not familiar with the Dune series and or the context of it I think it will still resonate with you (when I was looking for my feature image I saw many pictures of this whole saying as a tattoo! OUCH!):
“I must not fear,” she intoned, her eyes closed, “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.”
Isn’t that some powerful shite?! OMG! I remember a paraphrase on this message in the Dune movie starring Kyle MacLachlan as Paul:
Who are the Bene Gesserit? I will “cliff notes” you a little if you are unfamiliar with Dune and Frank Herbert’s work; but I highly recommend you check out the books! I am amazed more movies haven’t been made from this – it’s a rich, complex and detailed world you just get immersed in.
The Bene Gesserit (/ˈbɛniː ˈdʒɛsərɪt/ BEN-ee-JESS-ər-it) are a key social, religious, and political force in Frank Herbert‘s fictional Dune universe. The group is described as an exclusive sisterhood whose members train their bodies and minds through years of physical and mental conditioning to obtain superhuman powers and abilities that can seem magical to outsiders. Acolytes who have acquired the breadth of Bene Gesserit abilities are called Reverend Mothers within the organization’s ranks. Some of these fictional powers are analyzed and deconstructed from a real-world scientific perspective in the book The Science of Dune (2008).
Sometimes called “witches” due to their secretive nature and misunderstood powers, the Bene Gesserit are loyal only to themselves. However, to attain their goals and avoid outside interference, they often screen themselves with the illusion of being loyal to other groups or individuals. Their every move is calculated toward a result. As the skills of a Bene Gesserit are as desirable as an alliance with the Sisterhood itself, they are able to charge a fee to school the women from Great Houses, and install some of their initiates as wives and concubines to their advantage. In 1965’s Dune, the Princess Irulan is quoted (via epigraph):
The Reverend Mother must combine the seductive wiles of a courtesan with the untouchable majesty of a virgin goddess, holding these attributes in tension so long as the powers of her youth endure. For when youth and beauty have gone, she will find that the place-between, once occupied by tension, has become a wellspring of cunning and resourcefulness.— from Muad’Dib, Family Commentaries by the Princess Irulan
Much love, light and hugs to you through the wires and through the blessing winds that surround us all!