There Is Nothing to Fear

ACIM Workbook Lesson 48 – for Thursday, February 17, 2011

Affirmation:  “There is nothing to fear.”

Selected Passage:

“The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength.  The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, and let His strength take the place of your weakness.  The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.  (WB77)”


1 – Avoid Fear by Trusting in God

This is a favorite passage of students/teachers of ACIM.  All of us have been prone to fear from time to time, sometimes often.  We are not to trust in our own strength.  We are to trust that there is a Higher Power that looks over us, leading and guiding the way.  Jesus says in ACIM that, if it helps, imagine that he is holding our hand as we walk along.  And, he assures us, this will be no idle fantasy.

2 – Jesus Holds Us by the Hand

No human being can understand how Jesus’s assertion can be true.  Yet I do believe that it is true.  Many other seekers, long before ACIM, said much the same thing.  Jesus’s presence was a living presence to them.  He can be the same to us as well.  This latest version of the perennial wisdom that Aldous Huxley explained in his book, The Perennial Philosophy, can be understood now.

3 – We Need God’s Strength

We need to let God’s strength take the place of our weakness.  What do we do when we forget?  We turn immediately to prayer as an automatic reaction.  Or meditation (though whether or not this is counseled in ACIM is a controversial issue).  There are ways in which we can cope better.  Just studying ACIM can be a comforting way to spend time in a crisis.  God’s strength shines through at such times.


Dear Father/Mother,

I ask that, throughout this day, I truly find nothing to fear.  Help me to feel Your presence, so that stress does not consume me, and I am comforted in the midst of the many busy doings that I have accepted as my role in life.  May I also use my imagination to tell me that Jesus is nearby, holding my hand.  I know that if I am successful in this imaging, I will indeed have no fear today.

Thank You for standing by me when I am anxious.  Sometimes I feel that I have no control over free-floating anxiety, but I realize that this is a falsehood.  May I realize, again today, that all the things that seem to stress me out are actually illusions which I am accepting into my life.  May I see reality today instead of fear.