“When you seem to see some twisted form of the original error rising to frighten you, say only, ‘God is not fear, but Love,’ and it will disappear. The truth will save you. It has not left you, to go out into the mad world and so depart from you. Inward is sanity; insanity is outside you.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-18.I.7)
We have long heard that we need to turn inward, but have we really understood what this means? It means that we set aside time for God every day, maybe twice a day (as Jesus recommends in ACIM). And in this we turn inward.
We can affirm the truth, which is Love, and turn aside from those things that frighten us. Our affirmations will not seem strong enough when we are overwrought, and so we need to quiet ourselves before we can receive the blessing. When we quiet ourselves, turning inward, we will know—with every fiber of our being—that God’s way is not in any way fearful. That is the insanity of what we see outside ourselves. When we turn inward, to God, we find only peace.
Don’t try to assimilate this idea when you are in the throes of anger. Anger separates us from the truth that is within. And, likewise, don’t choose to practice affirmations when you are in a panic. Slow down and breathe. God will find you when you give Him a moment.
Insanity is without, in the world. And when we project from within, as long as the ego is in the ascendancy, we project insanity and our perception of the outer world is a thing of madness.
Don’t walk this way. Turn inward, not only two times a day, but as often as you think of God. “Pray without ceasing” is not an idle recommendation. The reverent feeling will flow over your whole world of insanity, remove the insanity then, and you will sense Oneness with God.