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This question was originally posted by Jon on 3/4/08. I had kind of a cool idea. It has been said that fear is an illusion which only exists at our level, and that viewed from other perspectives everything is seen as form of love... Could it be that the energy of fear is just the energy of love traveling in the opposite direction in time? If you were to make a film of two things being attracted to one another, and you ran the film backwards, it would appear that the two things were repulsed from one another. Perhaps, we then weave these energies together to create the complexity and duality we see around us. I don't know if it is true, but it is an interesting thought... I wanted to see what Michael had to say about it. One part that doesn't seem to fit is the fact that "opposites attract" (e.g. the electric and magnetic forces). Richard Feynman theorized that antimatter was just matter moving backwards in time, and as a result, it's sign was inverted. But particles of opposite sign attract. I am confused now... maybe Michael can help to sort all of this out? REPLY BY MENTITY: Our first response would be that fear is not an illusion, but a vital form of navigation that the body enlists as a means to survive. What tends to be the illusion is not the fear, but what is feared. The more aware, conscious, and clear one is in perception, the less fear is needed because most experiences are not valid threats. When a threat is valid, so is the fear that alerts you to that threat. When teachings try to convey to you that "fear is an illusion," it is usually to help remind you of your ultimate reality of existence that is not affected by threat in any real manner. This is good to remember, but we also know that to be human means having a body and personality that is designed to survive. This means it will do you good to use fear for what it is: a form of navigation for survival, while remembering that the essential "you" does exist beyond any threat in any form. In response to your question: if the evolution of the universe were linear, then your analogy would have bearing, but the universe evolves exponentially and in a more spherical fashion than is currently understood. On a literal level, the physical universe in which you exists is expanding and this can seem linear, but again, this is more spherical. This is why you may have trouble reconciling the linear analogy with the "opposites attract" theory, because within this spherical evolution, events can merge and diverge in closed systems and still be a part of the overall evolution. Even the closed systems can interact, merge, and diverge. Imagine the effects of a large boulder being dropped into the middle of a lake. The systems within the lake will ultimately be affected by the concentric ring of waves that are emitted from the impact, along with the interference patterns that are created by the "return" of the waves. While the lake is now jostling, rolling, and moving, the events, life, and experiences within all of that movement will still continue, and often proportionally "ride" the waves with seemingly little effect. The above is a crude analogy, but one to help get one started in understanding how evolution (movement) can happen concentrically/spherically without necessarily interrupting the events, systems, and experiences within that movement.