“The displacement of the original intent, while it did not change the original cause, formed a false nature for the personal self. This displacement of the original intent can be simply stated as the displacement of love with fear. It is as simple as that. Yet the way in which each of you have interpreted this displacement has come to seem quite complex.” (A Course of Love, T4:3.4)
We think that we live complex lives, and, indeed, the ego has reveled in that thought. But the only thing that happened, the detour into fear, was a shift from love to fear. We may this transition as quite young children. And we are led down a path toward living in fear that has always been hard to reverse.
Now we have a way, and it is simple in the extreme. We simply learn to listen to what our heart is telling us. Our heart always opts for the love that is hidden away deep within it. Our heart always knows how to guide us. In this time of Christ, the heart is our beacon, for the Christ-Self is within, like the heart. Of course, we don’t mean the physical heart. “Heart,” as used in A Course of Love, is a metaphor for the deepest feeling part of ourselves. We feel rather than think, and in that shift, a shift in consciousness comes slower or later.
We can hope for sooner, for those of us reading these words long for Christ-consciousness (if we have not already reached this). We long to live serene and awakened lives, sure of ourselves, sure of our brothers and sisters, and sure of God.
When we occupied physical bodies, we made a mistake, a mistake that could not happen but did. We opted for separation from God by feeling a tiny bit of fear that grew into an almost all-encompassing fear. This situation does not have to go on. We can retreat from fear into our real essence of love. At any time. And the transformation will be arresting.