“You retain thousands of little scraps of fear that prevent the Holy One from entering. . . .Watch your mind for the scraps of fear, or you will be unable to ask me to do so. I can help you only as our Father created us. (T61)”
Affirmation: “watch your mind for thousands of little scraps of fear”
1 – Anxiety Created by Our Minds
Here Jesus is explaining something that he discusses at length elsewhere. We cannot ask him to relieve us of anxiety or fear, because it is created by our minds. He does not want to interfere with the results of our thinking. Instead, we are to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to eliminate the conditions that led to our fear. These fears are ego-related, without exception, for love knows no anxiety.
2 – Personal Experience
My greatest challenge in life has been my proneness to anxiety, and anxiety is an especially acute form of fear, and hence is of the ego. As I have followed A Course in Miracles over the years, the anxiety has declined precipitously. I know that I am following the ego too easily when I feel that old-time anxious feeling. It is a warning sign that I need to stop listening to the weakened ego within me, and get back on the pathway to God. The Holy Spirit so prompts, and when I listen to His Voice of intuition, I am reassured that all will be well.
3 – Ask for Help
It is a daunting task if we surmise from this passage that we must remove “thousands” of little scraps of fear. But the passage does not indicate this. We can easily remove them all at once, in the best case scenario, by asking the help of the Holy Spirit.
4 – Ask Repeatedly
Then we will know peace. If another day arrives, with more scraps of fear, we simply ask again. We cannot expect complete freedom from anxiety until surrender to God is complete, and this may not happen immediately. It could, of course, but realistically it often doesn’t, because we are very much still creatures of this world.
When I awake in the middle of the night, fearful, may I turn these scraps of fear over to the Holy Spirit for resolution. May I gently return to sleep, knowing that He is taking care of them.
May I have help in the conditions that have brought this fear about. Thank you for being there for me.