FIFTEENTH TALK 3o9 waking consciousness it does seem a little strange; you have a passing wonder whether you will get back again or not. You should realise that it does not much matter whether you do or not. Go ahead, even though it does need a certain amount of courage. We shall find also as we go further on, that courage— actual courage, not any other form of it, but plain straightforward bravery—is a thing which is very much needed. You will find that you will have to encounter forces of all sorts, which are not child's play at all. It is true you have behind you the greater force of your Master, the force of the Eternal Self. People forget that sometimes. Courage is very largely a question of your realisation of your unity with the Self.. If you know that, if you are sure you are one with the Divine, then you fear nothing; but sometimes, when sudden danger arises, men forget that and shrink back. Learn not to do that. Learn that courage, plain straightforward bravery, is one of the things very much needed in this work; therefore cultivate it within yourself. Your meditation is the very thing to help you to do this, because it ought to help you to realise your unity with the One Self. And all that I said just now about our strength of will is true abcoit our courage. All our strength and courage are in proportion to our realisation of our oneness with that true Inner Self.