The Hermit Card of the Tarot takes time to fully understand. It takes a lot of work to realize who we really are. We must also relate this to our strengths and weaknesses. One problem is dealing with our beliefs. Do they serve our True Self or do they serve the agendas of others? It is the process of learning one’s internal and external truths.
Most people are stuck in first or second level cognition. This is usually through being programmed by many external sources. These are hereditary beliefs, education, the belief in authority, politics, religion, etc. Through time, most of one’s thoughts are just programs and repetition. When one awakens, the programs have much less affect.
With the amount of information now available, the Dark Sorcerers use fear as their main tactic. This is through their politics and propaganda departments. Fear works where use of force cannot reach. It can keep people on a very low thought process. A basic of “fight or flight” mentality. One must break through fear in order to awaken.
The quote by Frank Herbert comes from his book called, “Dune”. The character, Paul Atreides, going through his training was to put his hand in a box. The test was of the mind. A person who recoils is bestial. A person who is of higher consciousness goes through the suffering. The suffering of this world seems to affect those most human.
The test was to show what being a human is. Many think we are advanced animals. This test proves otherwise. “You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There’s an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind.”
The quote was actually a litany to be recited. “I must not fear. 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.”
The emotion of Fear has had major implications on the evolution of humans in regard to civilization. Most people act of fear, rather than care. To submit to fear gives the aggressor control. Many people police themselves and bring limits to how they live through fear.
The opposite of fear is care. This is faked though by those who control others. They always put on the mask of care, when they only care about using other people. In a control system such as we live in, those who do best, are those who love to control others. mainly these are order followers who do not question the hierarchy of this control system.