“While the original intent remained within you and caused you to attempt to express a Self of love despite your fear, fear has thwarted your every effort and caused the very effort that has continued the cycle of fear. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 3.5)”
1 – Fear
To hear that fear has actually caused effort is a revealing statement. We are encouraged to understand in A Course of Love that our real way is effortless. So this is yet another reason to know that fear is best left behind, not in any great resistance, but just in a turning aside.
2 – Self of Love
It is good to know also that we have sometimes expressed a Self of love despite the fear that hounded us on every side. This was, according to Jesus, the result of the fact that our “original intent” in this world has followed us even into the world of the ego. We have not totally forgotten our original intent in being born into a world of form, of physical bodies and a physical world and universe.
3 – Trying
“To have to try to be who you are and to express who you are is the result of the displacement of the nature of love with the nature of fear. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: A Treatise on the New, 3.5)”
4 – Illusions
We do not have to “try” to be anything in particular. When we let the illusions drop away from our minds and hearts, we will remember what we really are, and this reality is good. The remembrance is everything. Trying suggests work, and elsewhere Jesus says that his new way of living is effortless. This assertion is like unto the one in the New Testament, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
5 – Natural and Effortless
The fact that being who we really are is natural and effortless is a reassurance of the most keen kind. How do we achieve this, especially when we realize that we still may harbor anger and attack, harbingers of fear? Jesus says elsewhere in A Course of Love that if we don’t like a particular trait, we just decide to eliminate it, and then it is done for us. Maybe this sounds too good to be true, but Jesus is in charge of miracles (an A Course in Miracles tenet).
6 – Love
We need to open, wholeheartedly (a tenet of ACOL), to the feeling of love. This means also when doing so is a stretch. A “stretch” does not have to be hard or difficult. Just ask for help, and it will be forthcoming. ACIM makes the assurance of assistance, upon asking in prayer, a part of the coming of the real world.
Help me to just choose love today. May I not “try,” when I am so weary of trying. Love is natural to all of us, and when we ask Jesus’s help, we will experience the love that we so desperately have sought in all the wrong places.
Help me to reach to Jesus today. Help me to have the spirit of love in my interactions with the brothers and sisters that I meet today.
May this day be good. May I follow Your guidance, as revealed by my inner Self or by the Holy Spirit. I can’t tell the difference, and perhaps that is as it should be. The intuitions come in the same way for me. Perhaps others have the same experience.
Be with me today, I ask You. Help me to do what is best for this day. And help me to be happy in this day. Happiness is one of my functions, as A Course in Miracles makes clear in the Workbook. I would follow that glorious way today. Thank You.