The Spirituality and Chemistry of Fear
But today the questions trouble me, what causes fear of God.
I believe that it is that base human emotion of fear of the unknown. Its common knowledge that humans are scared of anything they cannot understand. It is why we are scared of the dark as kids, scared of aliens as adults, scared of the supernatural as boring people. Fear is the creation of the Ego and meant to overpower the work of the divine.
Follow me carefully, because this is a bit of a winding path.
The sole purpose of the Ego is to make one think that they are perfect without God. They are faultless in their current state. Even while wading in guilt, the ego makes them feel that this is perfect.
In the process of learning something, the ego flourishes. For example, lets say today you learn how a planetary transmission works. ( Its one of those things that are pretty simple but looks complicated. ) So why does the ego flourish when you learn something? Because at that posint of understanding, the mind says, "I know this. I am its ruler. PWNED!!1!!1. Veni Vidi Vici" The Ego lays claim to have conquered a process, a skill, a thoery, a concept or even an idea. Thus bolstering the idea of the false monarchy of the Ego. That is why, the true spiritual masters don't focus on guiding their students on learning some specific skill, but rather unlearning all the concepts that the Ego thrives on.
Where does fear come in? Fear is not just a creation of the Ego. Actually is the finest work of the Ego. It is the shining diamond on the crown of the Ego. So His False Highness, the Ego is sitting there up on his throne, and like any false king he knows his days are numbered. Nevertheless, he will still fight to the bitter end. So to delay that end, he wears this diamond called Fear on his crown.
Fear is what will keep a person away from anything that it does not understand. It shuts down reasoning, completely blankets all divine intuition, redirects full power from engines to shields and initiates fight/flight mode. This way the moment the mind encounters something that it is incapable of enveloping or even reducing into its own understanding is met with fight/flight. Either you run away from it or attack it. ( Atheists: I am not picking on you again. I am serious, this was unintentional. )
So in the grand battlefield for the soul, when the ego is confronted by that which its trusty mind cannot envelope, it casts fear in a desperate attempt to get away. Taking that one step forward; when the divine is at work, and the ego is cornered and resorts to fear. Here the mind signals its faithful black ops unit, the Amygdala to release the necessary barrage of chemicals to engage fear. This is the most common form of bio-warfare in existence. The entire situation where the Divine has an opportunity to make a breakthrough, is then fled from, and Ego slinks back to its throne, alive to fight another day.
That is the mechanics of the fear machine, however in the middle we stepped on a controversial point.
So Science - the work of understanding the processes of the universe - is evil and just the work of the Ego? Well, I am not completely sure, I highly doubt it. The work of science contests fear when it is used by the ego in a Pavlovian manner. Also, in the hands of those that care, Science promotes values for a more divine life. So it cannot necessarily be categorized completely as work of the Ego.
As such, I find that those with a intuitive scientific mind can be those most accepting to a start on the spiritual path. The reason is as follows. Due to their lifetime search for meanings and understandings, analytical people will have definitely realized that the sum knowledge of the universe will never be able to encapsulated by the human mind. Well at least by the age of four. Before that you are allowed to think that you know it all, because you do.
Despite being the most beautiful and powerful computer known to man, the brain is not infinite and those who have pursued anything scientifically and empirically will know so. They may not admit so, but at their very being they will be aware of the incapability of the human mind to fully comprehend any topic.
This leads to but one realization. The full truth of the universe cannot be understood by the minds of man, and as such, its sovereign, the Ego, is false. This full and complete concession of perfection, to a Higher power is the first and deadliest blow to the Ego in the timeless battlefield of the individual soul.
Update: Added link to Arstechnica that posted proof of my propsal today