“But I ask you to try to remember to turn to the new rather than the old each time you think you are experiencing uncertainty or lack. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.19)
1 – New Thinking
We need to think in new terms, the new way of living that looks to observation rather than the old-fashioned way of assimilating understanding (learning). We may not understand how we can leave learning behind. Don’t fret. The old will fall away when we express willingness to come to know in the new way that Jesus is pointing out.
2 – Sustaining Christ-consciousness
“The only thing that is going to hold you back from your ability to sustain Christ-consciousness is doubt about yourself. You must constantly remember that doubt about yourself is fear, and reject the instinct, so engrained into your singular consciousness, to let doubt of yourself take hold of you. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.20)
3 – Doubt
We have not heretofore seen “doubt” as a thing to reject, to gently turn aside. Now we do. Doubt is actually a form of fear that will not get us where we want to go. Doubt of self is engrained in us, and we still may hold this emotion to ourselves with some emphasis. Earlier we learned that to attack, to judge, and to make plans against contingencies to come are all things that will preclude sustaining Christ-consciousness. But are not all these things evidence of self-doubt? If we believed in ourselves, the Self that we want to be, would not these other traits that we lament simply fall away of their own weight?
4 – Being OK
We are OK. Really OK. This is the message that Jesus is giving us over and over in the Treatise on the New. We have walked the pathway; now it is simply up to us to assimilate this understanding. Not to believe that it is too good to be true.
5 – Fear
“To dwell in fear will end your ability to dwell within the love that is Christ-consciousness. As there is no longer any cause for self-doubt there are no reasons for self-doubt. Do not examine yourself for reasons for self-doubt when it arises. The self-centeredness of the final stage of learning is over. (Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the New, 12.20)
6 – Self-Centeredness
To examine self for reasons for self-doubt is to return to self-centeredness. We need just to walk ahead, knowing that we are alright, that we have prevailed in a new state of being.
Help me to understand this concept of self-doubt. I think that I do hold this idea far more often than You would wish. I want to relinquish the fear that makes self-doubt a plausible emotion to hold. Guide me to do so.