“The separated self is so ensconced in fear that the known fears of its existence seem preferable to the unknown fears of any other kind of existence. (A Course of Love, 10.22)”
1 – Separated Self
Why do we experience fear? We have not let go of the separated self.
2 – Not Actually “Separate”
What does this mean? It doesn’t mean that the separated self is real. It would have been impossible, regardless of whenever, to actually separate from God or from our brothers and sisters. The best that we could do when the “tiny, mad idea” (from A Course in Miracles) entered our minds was to imagine an illusion in which we were separate. We could not fully know the glory of what we had until we went on a journey without distance (from ACIM) away from it. This was a choice, ACOL tells us, that God and we made together. We were rebellious adolescents, and so He made the choice that so many parents on this earth must make when their teenagers are rebellious: We let go. God “let go,” but He did not leave us alone, anymore than earthly parents leave their teens alone.
3 – In Illusions (Dreams)
And in this analogy I see much of our dilemma here on earth. We think ourselves separate from God, and so this separation is what we experience. Separation is not true in any real sense, but it becomes real enough to us, caught as we are in illusion (dreams).
4 – We Are Not Alone
May we leave behind the fears that our presumed separation has brought to us. We are not and never have been alone. God is as much with us as He has been in the eons that we have been entities in the universe(s). May this reassurance stay with us today, as we navigate once again through the minefield that this world often is for us.
May I let fear go today. May no obsessions mar my enjoyment of this day. May I know that I never have separated from You, and that Your felt presence is frequently with me. I am at peace now. May I remain so all the day long.
May all of us leave our fears behind, when we recognize that we are never alone. God is always with us, and so are our brothers and sisters. We need You, dear God, and may we never be tempted to go it alone. That is no way to live. No way to try to negotiate a way through this sometimes difficult world.
Thank You for teaching me years ago that it is better to share with others, to reach out. I was never happy when I tried to hold in my conflicts. Such isolation ignores You, and it also ignores other people. We are all in this together.