“Fear cannot be controlled by me, but it can be self-controlled. Fear prevents me from giving you my control. (T28)”
Affirmation: “Fear can be self-controlled.”
This is not the complete passage, and what is quoted can be a little misleading. Later on Jesus says that we are to ask for help in eliminating the conditions that have brought the fear about. That then frees us to accept the control of Jesus.
In getting the guidance of the Holy Spirit to eliminate the conditions that brought about the fear, we are going to the root of the fear. This is true self-controlled fear.
Jesus also says that cause and effect are involved in fear. When the conditions that bring about fear are present as a cause, then the effect is the fear. To tamper with this cause-and-effect relationship would be to deemphasize our minds, which Jesus would never do. He also says that we fear the power of the mind, but to think of it as impotent is not a helpful concept. We are actually afraid of the power of the mind.
Fear can be overcome. It is simple to read these words and to take them to heart, but perhaps it is not easy to effect the eradication of fear. The Course returns again and again to the differences between love and fear, and ultimately tells us that the only true mastery of fear is through love.
May I be free of fear. May I have help with the conditions that bring the fear about. And may I be guided in how to control my fear.
I pray for Jesus’s help in my life. He promises this to me. May I turn to him and to the Holy Spirit for the help that I so much need.