ACIM Workbook Lesson 282 – for Sunday, October 9, 2011
Affirmation: “I will not be afraid of love today.”
“Father, Your Name is Love and so is mine. Such is the truth. And can the truth be changed by merely giving it another name? The name of fear is simply a mistake. Let me not be afraid of truth today. (WB438)”
May we fear nothing today. And may we not be afraid of love.
2 – A Dance
It is so often that, in our special relationships turned holy, we do a dance. When intimacy comes too close, we move away by way of an attack or simply an episode of anger. Then when distance has been established again, we are ready to move to intimacy.
3 – Our Closest, Holiest Relationships
Such is foolishness. Let us ask God for help. We crave the intimacy in our closest relationships, and it is only a holdover from egoic days that we fear this intimacy, this greater love. There is nothing to fear in love. There is only fear itself to fear in fear (a paraphrase from Franklin Delano Roosevelt). We would be wiser today to spend a few moments in quiet, asking God how we might never be afraid of love, and never pick a fight as a way of allowing our fragile egos to reassert themselves.
4 – Reaching for the Truth
We would know truth. Contrary to what we often think, everyone’s truth is not always different (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). We do have differing personalities, and differing cultures, and so truth does become altered by the genes and the environment that we bring to it. But let us ask for truth as A Course in Miracles defines it.
I would not do a dance today, fearing intimacy with those closest to me. I would rejoice in the holy relationships that I do have, and I would not fear the lack of boundaries between us. Help me to encourage closeness, not to be afraid of it.
Thank You for encouraging my special relationships to evolve into holy ones. May my joy today be full in the midst of my holy relationships.
May You help me today never to be afraid of intimacy, never to turn to anger and attack out of fear of closeness.