The Mastery of Fear

“We have already attempted to correct the fundamental error that fear can be mastered, and have emphasized that the only real mastery is through love. . . .You may think this implies that an enormous amount of time is necessary between readiness and mastery, but let me remind you that time and space are under my control.  (T33)”

Affirmation:  “only real mastery is through love”

Reflections:

1 – A Great Promise

This is one of Jesus’s great promises in A Course in Miracles.  The final sentence also states a truth that we would be wise to accept at face value, though perhaps it is early yet to recognize the miracles that the sentence represents.

2 – A Necessity = Learning to Love

We must learn to love if we are to be happy, for who can remain happy while intermittently experiencing pangs of fear?  The Course is the way that many of us have chosen to learn how to love, how to live a better way.   It is a beginning, a way home for those of us who follow diligently its guidance.

3 – Readiness and Mastery

The time between readiness and mastery of fear does not, as implied by this passage, have to be lengthy.  It is true that it may be lengthy, but elsewhere Jesus recommends that we be content to walk the pathway, even if the way seems long to us.

4 – The Way Is Not Always Long

It is not always long.  Many people find themselves at home in God within a few days or weeks of reading the Course.  When this happens, we have experienced a revelation of the end.  And the revelation may not last.  Yet we will take away from the experience our certainty, also given us by Jesus, that once the way is begun, the end is certain.  The Course then becomes our pathway home.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May we see Jesus control time and space in our world.  Even when we do not understand this, may we realize that what he has promised is real–more real than the things of this world.  I would reach for mastery, but not by grasping and not by putting in tremendous strain and effort.  Your way is easy, so easy that we overlook that not more is asked of us.  We think that we need to strain, and that is not what You would have us do.  If we only love a little more, we will find ourselves at home in You–and sooner rather than later.  This blessing is not through death, but here, right on earth.  We can have a Heaven on earth for the asking.  And we ask it today.

May we master fear by love.  We know that this is the only way.  May we feel the love that You have placed in our hearts.

Amen.

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