Have you ever quietly said, I Am? Not I am American, I am Christian, I am Liberal, I am male, I am female, or I am anything at all, but just Am, refusing to put any noun or predicate nominative after the verb? Courage is staying in this pure simple Am. Courage is refusing to become a thing.
Rest in Am. Feel it hum through every atom of your being, out into the universe. This is returning to Amma, the divine mother, hum of the boundless at creation's source. Om Amma Jai!