“Know first that this is fear.
Fear arises from lack of love.
The only remedy for lack of love is perfect love.
Perfect love is the Atonement.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-2.VI.7)
Perfect love is the “undoing” of what has been an albatross around our necks for eons. We are moving toward Awakening, and as we take steps there, and we will fear less as we love more. This is the best way, the only way to welcome God into our lives. We must ask for help if we find our propensity to love, weak. And if we find ourselves in fearful states of mind all too often. These two characteristics—fearful, anxious feelings and a lack of love while experiencing those feelings—are easily overcome when we go to God. If tangled up or mixed up, go to God. He will take you into His arms and comfort and heal you.
Can we get perfect love by willing it? No. That is why this favorite quotation is so puzzling for so many of us. We want perfect love, because we so dislike the fearful feelings that we experience. This desire is the practical motivation. But perfect love is held out to us by God Himself, and we are led to that eventuality when we open ourselves to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the essence of the Atonement, his gift to us.
The Atonement as gifted us by Jesus, as seen by A Course in Miracles, is not a sacrificial gift. Jesus would have us see the wholly benign lesson of the crucifixion, and then look beyond that to the resurrection. The resurrection is seen as the promise of eternal life to all of us. And whether or not we can accept that the resurrection really happened, Jesus still welcomes us. He does not need intellectual assent. He only needs the heartfelt response, the response from our inner being where we do not need intellectual proof.
Ask God today to allow the experience of perfect love to come to you. It will come first in fleeting glimpses, but then, as time passes and we remain true to God, the times of perfect love extend. We know perfect love, and the fears and anxieties of daily life drop from our experience.