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We Are Not at the Mercy of Blind Fate

“What fate may offer is itself an attitude that puts life at the risk and whim of an external force that has no reality except in your imagination. What is this thing called fate? Like all the systems you believe in, it is a system too, an internal idea given a name, externalized, and blamed for all that you do not understand, all that cannot be made to make sense, all that seems unfair and beyond your control.” (ACOL, D:6.20)

“Fate” is largely a misguided idea, chosen as a spurious explanation for all that we don’t seem capable of understanding. We are living in our imagination when we choose fate as a way of explaining what is happening to us. Of course, it is not a bad explanation, for nothing is “bad” in God’s world of love. But it doesn’t really say anything. It implies a God Presence, and anything that implies a God Presence is a good thing. But it doesn’t help us very much to make sense of our lives.

Fate is one of those systems of thought that we will be leaving behind. When we blame fate, we are really blaming God, and blame elicits bitterness in the heart—surely the least lovable of characteristics. It is a handy way of explaining away circumstances that seem to engulf, circumstances that defy explanation. But, in the long run, fate doesn’t really explain anything, and it allows us to be fearful of God, something that goes against the grain, and goes against all that Jesus has taught and is teaching.

In place of fate, let acceptance lead the way. Acceptance is ACOL’s term that comes the closest to the forgiveness that A Course in Miracles champions. We just go with the flow, accepting what life brings. This sounds passive, but it is not. We are willing to have it so, as a Buddhist monk once said. That is our secret to equanimity, our secret to reaching peace in our daily lives. And it works. The peace that we feel is palatable. Most of us are far more peaceful at this point in our reading of ACOL than we have ever been in our lives. And that counts for something.

So: Let ruminations about fate fall from our minds. We create our own reality; we are not at the mercy of blind fate. There is much that we don’t know, but we can know that we are at the helm. Nothing happens that we don’t allow, and in the allowance, fate falls by the wayside.

Prayer

I feel the need to comfort today. And Jesus has said that my Self can provide the comfort—and love—that doesn’t seem to be outside of me in abundant blessings. It is easy to feel sorry for one’s self when seeking comfort, and I would not allow that emotion to come forth. Let me instead come to see that the inner Christ-Self comforts and loves and gives me peace. I would know peace today.

Be with me as I walk through this day. Thank You for the glimpse of mellowness that overcame be yesterday; I ask for this again. And with this comes a glimpse of what Christ-consciousness will mean when maintained and sustained. Help me to be patient in the place that I occupy, a place where I don’t know all that I would know. Help this knowing to come. Thank You.

Amen.

Adopt an Attitude of Invulnerability

“While you believe fate works against you, you are not in concert with the universe.  These attitudesmonet - field with trees confirm a continuing belief in your separated and vulnerable state.  During the time of tenderness, you will learn, through the practice of devotion, to identify and reject all such attitudes and to adopt an attitude of invulnerability.  (A Course of Love, 25.12)”

Affirmation:  “Fate works with me.”

Reflections:

1 – Time of Tenderness

If tenderness at first is our experience, with attendant vulnerability, we will move along in time to a new state of mind and heart, one of invulnerability.  This is a welcome change, and it is not a front, and it is not harsh.  Invulnerability of the right kind means that we are totally protected in our lives by God Himself.

2 – Our Devotion

To whom is our devotion directed?  To none other than God Himself.  When we practice visualization and affirmations, along with our prayers (communion with God), then we are indeed in a favored position.  The problems and difficulties of our lives will fall away.  We may not forever be free of struggles, but the very struggles that might previously have floored us, will seem much lighter and will affect us adversely in a much lessened way.  We will know, in our bones, that God is there for us.  As a part of God, we will come to recognize that our communion is with our innermost Self/Christ.  And we will act out of that Self/Christ, not from the personal self.  The personal self is always a limited version of the much larger Self that we really are.  And the personal self is too informed by that part of the ego that has not withered away.

3 – Invulnerability

So:  Let us welcome invulnerability, knowing that there is nothing artificial about it.  It is not a defense that will crumble.  It is God Himself, holding us to His bosom.  We are blessed indeed, and our lives will smooth out in ways that now we can only contemplate dimly.  Our contemplation will become more vivid as we walk along.  As our attitudes change, and we attract that which we wish to have–blessings–we will indeed seem to the unknowing to be leading charmed lives.  But our lives will be no more charmed for ourselves than for anyone else who is ready to give up the ego and walk into God’s outstretched arms.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

As I move from the time of tenderness, with its increased sense of vulnerability, may I adopt the attitude of invulnerability.  That is where You are pointing, and I would do well to recognize it.  Fate does not work against me, and You protect me when my mind miscreates.  May my attention go to that which I truly want, thereby working in concert
with the law of attraction.

I cannot look to You to save me from my own mental processes all the time.  You are a loving Father/Mother, and You do not wish harm to come to me.  Jesus waffles a bit about how protective You will be if my mind drops into dissatisfaction and negativity.  I am responsible for what I think, for all thinking creates form on some level.  May this remain a dream state that does not impede the dream reality in which I live.

Help me to have a good day.  I know what to do, and it is up to me to do it.  You have taught me well.  Help me to be a good student.  Thank You for Your many blessings in this sometimes difficult world in which we find ourselves.

Amen.