“You but mistake interpretation for the truth. And you are wrong. But a mistake is not a sin, nor has reality been taken from its throne by your mistakes. God reigns forever, and His laws alone prevail upon you and upon the world. His Love remains the only thing there is. Fear is illusion, for you are like Him. (M-18.3)”
1 – Do Not Condemn Yourself
This is a reassuring passage, one that leads us to understand that God truly is Love, and that we have only made mistakes–nothing to condemn ourselves.
2 – When Afraid
When we are afraid, when fear has moved into our conscious minds, we need a remedy, and we need it now, not later. The best remedy is to fill our minds with these reassurances that Jesus gives to us in A Course in Miracles. The fear may make our heart beat rapidly, pounding in our chest, but we can still say to ourselves, “This is illusion. I have no reason to fear.”
3 – Moving Away from the Abyss of Fear
And then we can distract ourselves from the abyss of fear in which we have fallen. A Course in Miracles does not give specific practices, beyond affirmations in the Workbook, that can be called upon. But most of us know that prayer, communion with God, helps tremendously. And communion with God is emphasized in the opening pages of the Text. We can also do something as mundane as listen to quiet, soothing music–praying as we listen. We can talk to a significant other, if we have not called upon him or her so often that we have worn out our welcome. And, of course, when fear comes, it is frequently in the middle of the night, when we do not want to awaken anyone. Writing in a journal can help. Some have found meditative yoga to be helpful. I have found it useful to pray aloud, away from others in a quiet room. Praying aloud seems to keep me on track. If one is agitated, the best thing that we can do is simply to rest in that agitation, watching it subside gradually. We will actually all get the amount of sleep that we need. We need not fear insomnia, thereby making it worse.
4 – Is It Guilt?
If guilt is a major reason for our fear, then we can pray for forgiveness. Remember that God does not forgive, because He has never condemned (an ACIM tenet). But we need to forgive ourselves, and this we can do. The ego may object, but then the ego does not wish us well. We need to be gentle with ourselves; we need to wish ourselves well.
5 – Sin vs. Mistakes
Remember that the concept of “sin” and the concept of “mistakes” are very different. Sin has an attracting nature, one that would have us repeat the same thought or action. Mistakes, on the other hand, simply call for correction, something that we can do when our motivation is strong.
I would not be fearful today. There is no reason that the daily activities need to make us afraid. We can get excited, but better not to get fearful.
You know that our emotions are often vacillating. We feel one way one moment, and something entirely different just a moment away. I would stop this merry-go-round of fear in its tracks by denying the ego its field day with my mind.
May You help me to turn to You repeatedly, anytime that the ego threatens to engulf me with fear. Thank You.