“If you cannot claim at least a small amount of love for your own Self, then neither can you claim your power, for they go hand-in-hand. There is no ‘common good’ as you perceive of it, and you are not here to assure the continuance of society. The worries that would occupy you can be let go if you but work instead for the return of heaven and the return of your own Self. (A Course of Love, 16.26)”
Affirmation: “May I claim some of my love personally.”
1 – Power
“Power” is not a negative word as Jesus uses it. We need to claim our power, and in this claim do we regain heaven and our Self. This Self, as we have mentioned repeatedly, is the Christ within. And when we work in tandem with our unseen helpers, we will know this Self sooner rather than later.
2 – Don’t Proselytize
We are not to proselytize. We are here to offer help and sustenance to those who look to us for some small bit of guidance. But we are not to reach out to those who are not asking and/or are not ready for the message of salvation as we teach it. Nor are we told to do great things in society. This is a personal gospel, in that when we have accepted the tenets of A Course of Love, we will naturally reach out into our various parts of society and make a difference. But we will not seek to evangelize. Everyone learns at his/her own rate and in his/her own time. It is not up to us to say who is ready for only a smile. We will be guided what to say and what to do. We need not fear to overstep.
3 – We Fret
So many of us are worriers. We think that God is somehow great enough to be our Creator, but not to take in hand the problems that engulf us, and to lead us to solutions. And so we fret.
4 – Worry
This fretting is a false doctrine. It is the “pound of flesh” (from William Shakespeare) that we all seek to sacrifice to ensure a happy ending. We somehow think that if we worry enough, we will have done our part, and then we will ensure that the ending will be positive for us. This reasoning is the height of insanity. God created us, and He knows our needs. He will answer all our needs, though not all of our wants–for many of our wants are misguided wishes. Genuine need is met, and often by miraculous means. Let us turn aside from our fears, for fear it is, and let the love of others and ourselves prepare us to receive God’s revelations. He will reach down to us (metaphorically) and answer us with heartfelt knowledge that solves the problems and eliminates the fears.
I would let God solve any and all problems that I have, but not by my own abdication. He will give me the power to know how to act, what to say or do. It is only when I stay close to God that my days go well. And I, like everybody else, would like a good day.
Be with me as I seek to welcome out the Self within. This in itself will move me closer to heaven on earth. Be with me as I seek to do Your will, which is also my own true will. Help me to help others who need me also.