“Your feelings in truth come from love, your response to them is what is guided by fear. Even feelings of destruction and violence come from love. You are not bad, and you have no feelings that can be labeled so. Yet you are misguided concerning what your feelings mean and how they would bring love to you and you to love.” (ACOL, C:5.11)
Jesus forms a startling assertion about love and fear, one that we wouldn’t expect. He says that all of our feelings come from love, in essence because we are not “bad” (C:5.11). ACIM says that we have the “innocence of God” (T-III.17:2), and so Jesus is here asserting to the same thought. How our feelings of destruction and violence can come from love may remain nebulous to us, but Jesus believes that we have just misunderstood ourselves. We have been misguided about how to bring love to ourselves. So we have made wrong choices in our love, choices that gave us destruction and violence.
Do we not often noticed that nobody who is embroiled in violence and destruction thinks that he/she is at fault about anything that is bad? History is replete with wars that were fought in the name of God, believing that one is doing God’s will in the antagonism. This is one way of looking at love gone astray. This is one way to realize that fear has done nothing, that it is only our misperceptions about love and how it ought to be expressed that have done us in.
Our feelings are not bad, Jesus says. We only need to channel those feelings in the right direction, seeing love where it really is, avoiding feelings of destruction and violence, pain and suffering. Then we will find love’s fruits to be our chosen just desserts. We will have taken another step on love’s pathway. Another step toward Awakening/Christ-consciousness.
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Just like presence of light removes darkness. We may call that there is nothing like darkness, just the intensity of light makes things darker. Darkness is 0% light, and light is 100% light on 0-100 scale.
Our innocence of God is required to be understood first to exactly know about how fear too comes from our love.
Innocent love does not know the other. For such a person everything is her lover, whether you see a film the hero resembles like him etc. This is love of body excited by harmones but still it has the fragrence of true innocent love. This is necessary evil through which one has to pass so as to taste it. Later on in life if anyone is able to ‘see’ the naked truth-that liberates from eyes then you are able to understand what happened to you as it is no different from Love.
Then you start seeing God in everything because now it is God’s love which is called ‘Innocence of God’. Then your body too is not dufferent from other. Other’s pain and suffering becomes your’s!
Fear and hatered gets evaporated like shadow in darkness. You need not have to even try! Because they are pseudo or illusion because you are treating your body as your’s, immediately rest becomes others. When there are two, division brings fear and hatered immediately.
An egoist person is very centered to his/her body. An enlightened person’s body comprises of whole cosmos, then whom to fear or hate?