“Miracles represent freedom from fear. ‘Atoning’ means ‘undoing.’ The undoing of fear is an essential part of the Atonement value of miracles. (T5)”
Affirmation: “freedom from fear”
1 – Atoning
This passage gives a definition for atoning that is at variance, perhaps, with traditional Christianity. Jesus gives “atoning” a very benign meaning: “undoing.” It says little about the crucifixion, a happening meant to describe that Jesus did not blame his tormentors for anything that they did in illusion. He remained defenseless.
2 – Atonement = Relinquishment of Fear
Here the passage from A Course in Miracles links the atonement with the relinquishment of fear. What a wonderful promise this is! We need to live fearless lives, because all too often our good works and good thoughts are marred by the anxiety that pervades our society.
3 – Our Usefulness to Others
We let our own personal difficulties hinder our usefulness to others. When we fear for our own safety and personal welfare, we also project this onto others. And sometimes we are paralyzed by this fear about our personal well-being. Then we are of no use to others, including Jesus and his message to humankind.
4 – Live Fearlessly
With miracles an essential part of our lives, we will live fearlessly. Because love and fear are the only two emotions, we know that to love while experiencing miracles will free us for the Atonement. Atonement signals a certainty that we are living lives in line with what Jesus would approve. We are right with God, though it is still not beyond us to continue to make mistakes. God does not need to forgive us for these mistakes, but we need to forgive ourselves. (God does not forgive, because he has never condemned–a Text tenet.)
5 – Freedom from Fear
“Freedom from fear” is a boon enjoyed by so few of us. But we have Jesus’s promise that it is only waiting for us to receive. We do not have to be in bondage to fear or, indeed, to any of its component negative emotions.
I would, beginning today, so relinquish the ego and its fear that I would live fearlessly. Guide my faltering steps to this goal. I realize that anxiety has been one of the issues in my life, but You would not have it so–this I know. So I must remove the conditions that lead to fear, and walk into the sunlight with You.
May I have no moments of anxiety today. May I walk in peace, comfort, joy, and serenity. Be with me so that I can feel Your presence. The felt presence of You gives me great happiness. Thank You for staying with me, inside, and may I commune with You often today. Yours is the way that I would forever choose.