from Chapter Five
The Initiation of the Lover:
Burning Through Techniques for Overcoming FearThe only way to find the path is to set fire to your own life.
Fear is a thought-form, a manifestation of our personal or collective unconscious. But it is the body that remembers who we are. What we require, then, to overcome fear, is a signal from the body to the mind. This is an action, a gesture, a body-to-mind communication that things are about to change.
The gestures of the Shugendo Ninja were extreme--hanging from cliffs,...