The deeper question is this: What causes fear?
And the answer is this: Fear is the natural emotion of the unknown, which is the natural existence of Spirituality when in its inexperienced form, which is the form in which it is normally active “Within” those who are not Enlightened.
If this sounds like a puzzle, it is a puzzle: In fact… it is the Puzzle of Life. A puzzle because Spirituality is perceived as Nothing by the brain, physical senses, and the MIND. Therefore, Nothing is correctly referred to as the “unknown” when it can only be perceived as nothing. But Nothing is neither Nothing, nor is it the unknown, because it is the Energy of the Spirit that exists in the Soul of Man.
Mystics have many names for this ‘unknown,’ and Christ referred to it as the Word, Spirit, and the Holy Ghost. I refer to it by the symbol NSgy, which stands for Neutral Spiritual Energy. And the NSgy in Man can only be experienced by the faculty of Intuition, in the form of subtle bits of Truth, which are provided to one’s Conscious Awareness [or C-Awar] as one is “ready” to awaken to a particular bit of Truth?
What we refer to as fear, is usually a form of anxiety regarding something we sense is about to occur, but we are unable to identity that something, which means it is unknown to us. And most certainly we do not expect we are afraid of Nothing.
Although… in Truth, it is precisely Nothing that we fear. And Nothing is NSgy, or the Energy of Spirituality, or God. So, unknown to us, we are actually afraid of God, since we have not [as yet] awakened to the NSgy hidden Within ourselves.
Mystically, as one’s Soul begins to focus Within itself [rather than outside of oneself], the unknown aspect of Nothing begins to be “experienced” as NSgy, and this increases our experiential Knowledge of God, thus subtly removing the unknown aspects of Life… which means… reducing fear of the unknown.
This transformation is facilitated by increased prayer or Mediation.