“Child of God, you need no imaginary friend when you have beside you he who is your friend always and he who would show you that you have no needs at all. What you truly are cannot be used, not even by God. See you not that it is only in illusion that you can use others who are like yourself? (A Course of Love, 9.31)”
Affirmation: “Jesus is beside me today.”
1 – Strains of Thought
There are several strains of thought in these simple sentences. Let us take the strains up one at a time.
2 – No Idle Fantasy
Jesus walks beside us, when we have asked for his presence. This is a long-time declaration of traditional Christianity, but here in A Course of Love, we find the same declaration in New Age thought. In A Course in Miracles, Jesus says much the same, inviting us to imagine that we hold his hand as we walk along, and he says that this will be no “idle fantasy.”
3 – No Needs
We do not have needs, because all needs are met at the point that they arrive. The solution is with the problem (an ACIM tenet). Now, it is true that we may not recognize that our needs have already been met; there may be some delay before this is recognized. But when we look within, we can know, and know immediately. We do not have to wait for God’s grace.
4 – No Need to be Defensive
We are not people who can be used by anyone. For this reason, we do not have to be defensive about anything. To defend against is to make the resistance strong, and to reduce the likelihood that we recognize that we do not need to be defensive. Our defenses will not work, but we have no need of them (from the Manual of ACIM). Even God Himself, most of all, would not seek to “use” us.
5 – Being “Used”
Only in illusion do we encounter the concept of being used by another. And this world is an illusion. Do we need to defend against illusions, thereby making them real to us? We should not think in this way. We would not make real the attacks of others by focusing on them, and being used by another is an attack (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM or ACOL). Let us turn aside from attacks of all kinds, giving them no emotion, and thus not reinforcing them.
6 – Happy Dreams
Then all will improve in this dream world where we find ourselves. We will know the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (from the Workbook of A Course in Miracles).
I thank You for the reassurance that nobody here can understand, but can only be experienced: that Jesus walks beside all who ask him to do so. Thank You for this helper, this companion. Being companioned is a truly wonderful blessing, and, if we heed the message, we will fear no more.
May I leave fears and anxieties behind today. This tendency toward anxiety which I have had does not have to haunt me any longer; that is your blessed reassurance.