At the age of 50 something, after a lifetime of spiritual seeking, I have noticed that what has made the most difference in my life is having enough money. When I do not have enough money to pay my bills, the fear is enormous. When I'm doing okay financially, the fear is lifted. How does this relate to the "fear of life?" I used to reject Maslow's hierarchy of needs -- now I wonder if he is correct after all. I am not talking about chasing after more and more material goods, which clearly does not bring ease and sanity. I'm talking about having enough money to pay rent and food and electric. Can a person with extreme money problems lose the fear of life?