“I have not so directly linked fear and the time of learning before, but now you need to see their connection, for if you do not, you will not realize that fear is all that needs to be left behind. You will still think you have more to learn because you are angry, depressed, in a state of denial contrary to the denial asked of you, or because you still feel like bargaining with God. These things are only reactions to faulty perceptions, only the steps toward acceptance until they are accepted.” (ACOL, D:Day4.52)
We get ourselves into such a mess when we fight God. Jesus asks us to be accepting of what life brings to us, not to accept what we don’t like, but to accept the new conditions that our learning has brought to us. But now he tells us that learning in the old sense is to be no more. What are we to make of this?
Learning in the old sense is turning to wisdom of the past, wisdom intended for a time other than our own. Here we are in the time of Christ, and our intuition is to guide us. If we don’t let intuition guide, we will be lost indeed, for the old answers don’t help much anymore. All of us know this.
We need to turn from fear, and the best way to do so is by fervent prayer. Truly we don’t have anything to fear, but we would be hard-pressed to prove this to ourselves or to others. The way back to God is gentle, the discoveries that we make through intuition are peaceful, and as soon as we realize that we are alright just as we are, the sooner we will make our way all the way back to God. We simply no longer have to twist ourselves out of shape to meet some imagined ideal that is actually an idol. If we have a guilty conscience, then face that fact before God, and then be done with it. Guilt is actually insanity, as A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love make plain. When we turn from guilt, we will find ourselves turning from fear, for the two are linked in our mind.
So: Let today glide gently over us. Let the circumstances of this day leave us feeling that we are really OK, just as we are. The misdeeds that we still do can be rectified as soon as we recognize that need. We don’t have to sacrifice before God; He loves us just as we are.
The ways of salvation are harmonious and tranquil. Moving into Christ-consciousness is easy. Just know that the rightness of this change will be at a time and place that are perfect for us. So be calm, trusting in God to take care of us in every situation, even those that we prompt in error.
The way back to You is gentle in the extreme. Don’t let me make it harder than it is, for it is truly not hard at all. Be with me. Help me to sense Your Presence.
I long for Your enfolding arms to comfort me today. Solace and comfort. Thank You, in advance, for answering my prayer.