(last edited on April 29, 2014 at 1:29 am)
I just stumbled upon this again, The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, from one of my favorite books of all-time, Dune.
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.
Cool! I wonder what it would be like set to music, like Sarah McLaughlin’s rendition of a Prayer to St. Francis.
They are a secretive sisterhood who train their bodies and minds though years of physical and mental conditioning, attaining powers and abilities that can seem almost magical. Due to their secretive nature and misunderstood abilities, outsiders often call them witches.
I’ve always been impressed at the depth with which Frank Herbert described this fictional shadow organization. The Wikipedia entry is a great overview; I learned a lot of little details that I had forgotten or missed in my reading of the novel. I wonder how much of it is based on historical shadowy organized religious agenda setting?