“Only your mind can produce fear. It does so whenever it is conflicted in what it wants, producing inevitable strain because wanting and doing are discordant. This can be corrected only by accepting a unified goal.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-2.VI.6)
We know that we experience fear, but we may not have blamed our own conflicted minds. We may have tried to sense that something outside of ourselves is causing our anguish.
It is not so. The conflict is all internal. We want to do something, but we think that we ought to do something else. This produces the strain. It can often be a counterpoint to following guidance. We often want to do things that are not in our best interests, and guidance will show us something different when confronted by such a confused state of mind. We listen to our “ought’s,” if we are smart, and in the ought’s we learn what guidance is really saying. At this point in reading A Course in Miracles, we can assume that Jesus’s wishes and our guidance are identical.
How can he know so much? We cannot answer this question. But he does not lead us astray in ACIM. He knows fully what we are about in this world. His entity is far above our limited, finite minds.
We need a unified goal, and this we get when we realize that God’s will and our own, real, will, are actually identical. Later on, when we are considering the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will learn that He chooses for us. We don’t know rightly what to say or to do, but He does. And when we get into the flow of following Him, we experience a flow to our days that assures us that all is well. With this flow, we learn anew that Jesus, as well as the Holy Spirit, both know what is best for us. Our lives go better when we are in the flow of following such guidance.
We can do no better. When we follow guidance consistently, our experience will prove to us that doing so is expedient. At first we may balk, but we come to know that a unified goal, seen in flow, is what changes what we want and what we ought to do into the same.