ACIM Workbook Lesson 310 – for Sunday, November 6, 2011
“There is no room in us for fear today, for we have welcomed love into our hearts. (WB454)”
1 – Love and Fear
This is an important composite of much that the Text tells us. Love and fear are the only emotions, and everything else that we feel are components of these two. We need to leave fear behind and to turn, always, to love.
2 – Fear is Persistent
Of course, it is easy to say to leave fear and turn to love. It is not something that we should ever attempt without divine intervention. Even when we have studied A Course in Miracles for years, fear will rear its ugly head from time to time. And we will not always have it within our power to listen to the Holy Spirit when in the throes of an anxiety attack. Then we need to realize that there is a reason that we are not in this world alone. We reach outward to our brothers and sisters, sometimes to professional help or pastoral guidance, and we learn more. Temporarily there may be others who know more than we do (a Manual tenet).
3 – Today’s Lesson as an Affirmation
Used as an affirmation, the lesson for the day is very helpful. If our fear is only low-grade, the affirmation may help us quite a bit.
4 – Catherine Marshall’s Solution to Fear
Catherine Marshall, though, says that in her experience, affirmations are not powerful enough when she is very fearful. Walking right up to the fear and staring it in the face seem to work better. Of course, she and we do not walk alone; we are, indeed, being “carried” by God (from an anecdote told by Hugh Prather).
5 – Welcome Love
When we welcome love into our hearts, we will naturally encounter fewer actions in the outside world that will arouse fear in us. We will project love, peace, calm to the outer world of our perceptions, because projection makes perception (an ACIM tenet). The world that we will make at such times will stand us in good stead, in memory, when we are less careful to fill our minds with the Thoughts of God. The Thoughts of God will always save us. And this is what we really seek as we try to live, consistently, in love.
I would not be fearful nor anxious today. I would welcome love, which is the only permanent cure to fearful and anxious thoughts and emotions. Let me rid myself of fear in whatever way seems to help me the most. I realize that different techniques work at different times and for different people, but Jesus says that the only permanent solution is a return to love.
May I return to love today. May You join me in this endeavor. May I turn inward whenever I am beset by worry, and may my assurance that Your Guide is with me be the best means of knowing that all is truly well. Thank You for being there within me, and may I touch that inner core more and more often.