“For perfect effectiveness, the chalice of the Atonement belongs at the center of the inner altar, where it undoes the separation and restores the wholeness of the mind. Before the separation, the mind was invulnerable to fear, because fear did not exist. Both the separation and the fear were miscreations of the mind, which have to be undone. This is what the Bible means by the restoration of the temple. It does not mean the restoration of the building, but it does mean the opening of the altar to receive the Atonement. This heals the separation, and places within you the one defense against all errors which can make you perfectly invulnerable.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-2.VI.6:1-6)
To be perfectly invulnerable! I have experienced the feeling of this, years ago on a solitary walk in a big city, returning to my car from an errand. If we are open to experiencing invulnerability, we will be fearless. It is a heady feeling.
The chalice is in the center of ourselves, in our heart. This is the holy Grail that sent so many knights on quests, venerated in fables and stories. But it is intangible, a secret place within where we are invulnerable to fear, seeing only love (and often Love with a capital “L”). When we let the ego go and thereby heal the separation through an all-embracing love, we will know inner peace. It won’t matter what is going on around us, for our peace will be unshakeable. It is this to which we trod.
Anxieties fall away when the love that we feel takes over our heart and mind. When we are surrounded by love through and through, fear does not assail us. We know that we are safe. We know that God is holding us secure.
And there is no better place to be.