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Litany of Fear (gom jabbar)


The Litany of Fear is a mainstay of the entire series - it is a mantra recited by Bene Gesserit to help them get through stressful situations. This version was said by Paul when he faced the Reverend Mother and her Gom Jabbar.

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.


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