“Fear is a judgment never justified. Its presence has no meaning but to show you wrote a fearful script, and are afraid accordingly. But not because the thing you fear has fearful meaning in itself. (T641)”
Affirmation: “Fear is never justified.”
1 – Anxious Out of Habit?
Many of us are, almost by nature, anxious. This is a manifestation of fear. If we can remember that we are fearful only because of the “script” we wrote, we can often make some progress in talking ourselves out of this anxiety.
2 – Fear Is Never Justified
This passage says that fear is never justified. To remember this, and to put it in practice, is not easy. But it is possible. And, the Course says that its tenets are simple.
3 – Live Effortlessly
It takes a patient mind to learn how to live simply. When we rush about and see the stress all around in our rushing, we ask for the anxiety that we would do well to live without. Let us leave the fearful script behind! We will still get to our goals, but with far less strain.
I am one of those who have lived with far too much anxiety. I have often used anxiety as a goad to get me to finish some task that I have set myself, and sometimes this task has been ego-inspired.
I would leave all this foolishness behind me today. I would have You direct me to accomplish what You would like to see, but with the effortlessness that You promise. There is always time for what is needful. I believe that I was guided to that realization many years ago in graduate school, but after that time ended, I did not always remember what You had shown me then. You want to help us, to offer assistance. It is a free offer, and, today, I accept Your help unconditionally.
Thank You for granting me the serenity of feeling Your presence.