“You have no feelings that are bad. Fear is not a feeling but a response to a feeling. Emotions are responses. You have been told there are but two emotions, love and fear. What this is really saying is that there are but two ways to respond to what you feel—with love or with fear. If you respond with fear you expel, project, and separate. If you respond with love you remain whole. You realize that you have no feelings that are bad. You embrace sadness, grief, anger, and all else that you feel because these feelings are part of who you are in the present moment. When you remain in the present moment you remain within Christ-consciousness where all that is exists in harmony. To embrace is the opposite of to escape. (ACOL, D:Day16.10)
We are meant to embrace our emotions, for none of our emotions are “bad.” We respond to love or to fear, and what we respond to determines our experience in this world. We are attracting either love or fear in every moment. Let us make the decision that we will reach out only for love, that we will feel that it is ours in every instance, and that we are safe in the love that has been brought to us. This safety, or feeling of safety, is important. If we feel unsafe, we will naturally feel fear, and then more fearful thoughts will engulf us, for we have sent out a beam of thought that promotes fear.
If we are sad, we are not necessarily in fear. We are often subsumed, at such times, in love, for is it not well-known that much of the adolescent angst that engulfs our young people is based in their attraction to the love they find in their relationships? And when these relationships fail, as they often do, sadness is the result. But not necessarily fear. Fear and sadness do not compute to be the same.
We need to respond to what we feel with love, and then more loving thoughts will come to us, will multiply. We need to turn aside from fearful thoughts in order that they don’t multiply. Our way back to God depends on this. Our way back is not fearful, for the path to enlightenment in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love is gentle. We are not hurled into reality. We walk ahead peacefully and easily.
When we love, we are walking in God’s way. And this can bring nothing but good to us.
I reach out to the cosmos with love today. I reach out to You with love today. Be with me to keep me on the beam of love, never veering into fearful thoughts. When I veer into fretful and fearful thoughts, I call more like thoughts to myself, and then life suddenly looks bad. I would not sabotage myself today.
Thank You for the dawning of a new day, a day fraught with promise. May You guide me, patiently, alon the pathway that You would have me walk.