“You who do not know how to trade your separated state for that of union have still done so when you have loved freely and without fear. In this state your memory returns to you of who you are, and you are innocent and joyous and one with love itself. (A Course of Love, 14.28)”
Affirmation: “I will recall today the love that I have experienced at any time in my life.”
1 – Loving Freely
We have, each of us, known someone or something that we have loved freely. We may have to reach back very far, if we have gone deeply into insanity, but if we reach back far enough, we will each know that we have known love given and received. We were without fear at such times of genuine love. Nothing fazed us; nothing impeded us. We were so overcome with the emotion of love that we forgot that we had anything to fear. And, indeed, we did not have anything to fear.
2 – Return in Memory
It is to such times that we ought to return in memory, to lead us to accept such love for all times. When we recall the lack of fear (and anxiety) that we felt, we will be reassured that this fearless state is a state that we want. We do not have anything to fear, once we have given up grievances. We will know, once we have done this, that we live in a safe world. Regardless of what may happen, and many bad things do happen in our difficult world, we are safe in God’s love. Even if we lose our physical lives, there is eternity to experience. There is an Other Side.
3 – Innocence
When we are innocent, we know that we have not sinned, but merely made mistakes. No human being fails to make mistakes. But all can and will be forgiven when we love enough to ask for forgiveness. We must forgive ourselves, and perhaps we need to ask restitution, but the state of innocence is our true state, and we will recognize this idyllic experience when we have known deep love. Love truly i s the Answer, but this statement has been made so many times as to sound trite. It is anything but trite.
4 – Presence of God
Ask to experience the feeling of God today. He is within, and He will show Himself when we are willing to let go and let Him return to us as our Creator, whom we have actually always loved. We just seemed to lose Him a little while.
I would love freely today, so that I may regain my sense of innocence, free of fear. I would cease the anxious thoughts that arrest me when I need to function better. Help me to function well today.
Love erases fear, and when I have returned to the memory of love, all will be well with me. Help me to return to love today and everyday.