Contemplate it for a while, for it is a very powerful statement that this mandala is making.
Fear is not trying to keep us from what we are, what we love, it is guiding us there. It is showing us the way, directly and sometimes very ruthlessly, but once we see that fear always works together with it's twin - courage - we begin to understand that fear is on our side. It is a subordinate of the heart. A teacher that gives straight answers once we learn the language it speaks.
Fear will show you the way to yourself, courage will help you walk it. And as twins, fear and courage always show up in equal measure. Trying to avoid one, you'll avoid the other as well. Look the other directly in the eye, and the other is there as well.
Week 27. Bite your own apple, befriend the snake.
Learn to know yourself as a woman, as a man, as a child.
Come to love yourself as a woman, as a man, as a child.
That is the most courageous act a human being can ever do.