Star trek Dr. McCoy

Here’s a little story we can all relate to compliments of my friend, Elan Sunstar.

Enjoy, John


Fear is the darkroom in which negatives are developed

― Source unknown

      Today you may have all kinds of little spooks and goblins knocking at your door for trick or treat. Neighborhood kids will don clever costumes, and once they get their candy they will be off to the next neighbor. In many ways Halloween is a light-hearted holiday that both kids and adults can enjoy.

      Yet there are other kinds of spooks and goblins that knock at your door that are not so fun to greet, and they do not go away when you give them a small treat. Fears and worries may invade your domain and deplete you of joy and energy. How can you get them to go away?

      In an episode of the Star Trek television series, the Starship Enterprise was invaded by a dark force that possessed the crew members and forced them to do evil, violent acts. One by one the crew was taken over, until mass chaos and pandemonium reigned. If the leaders of the ship did not do something quickly, the force would commandeer the entire ship and lead it to destruction.

      After studying the methods of the malevolent entity, the ship’s commanders realized that it was feeding on fear. The more it could make the crew members afraid, the more power it had to control them and make them do its dark bidding. So Dr. McCoy concocted a serum that , when administered, would make the crew happy for a brief time, and remove the fear that the force was feeding on. The entire crew was injected with the serum, and after a short time the entity had to depart because no one was giving it life by feeding it fear.

      The Star Trek point was quite astute, and no different than real life. Terror and chaos feed on fear. If you remove fear, trouble has nothing to sustain it, and will depart. You don’t need to fight off fear. You just need to quit feeding it.

Are you fueling a troublesome situation with fear?

How might you undo the situation by refusing to invest any more fear into it?


I replace fear with love, and transform negative conditions into positive ones.

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

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