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Lesson 282 I Will Not Be Afraid Of Love Today

PART II.  SECTION 7.  What is the Holy Spirit?

Lesson 282 I Will Not Be Afraid Of Love Today

  1. If I could realize but this today, salvation would be reached for all the world.  This the decision not to be insane, and to accept myself as God Himself, my Father, and my Source, created me.  This the determination not to be asleep in dreams of death, while truth remains forever living in the joy of love.  And this the choice to recognize the Self Whom God created as the Son He loves and Who remains my one Identity.
  2. 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.[1]
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Afraid of love?  The big, bad wolf – now that fills me with fear and anxiety! Shivers down my spine at picturing the dripping, fang-like teeth, the cold yellow-green eyes, the hungry intent.  But I am more afraid of love – to put myself out there in the world and to love it, to realize my invulnerability, to not identify with the fear and the fight for survival in the ego world of limits and dwindling supply.  Living in love requires me to rise above the news that would fill our minds with tales of murder, thievery, rape, and war.  Living in love means I will find no entertainment in the substitutes that Hollywood offers to distract us from reality.  Living in love requires a practice, a devotion, an ongoing commitment when the goal seems hard and nigh impossible!   

Yet our lesson states that all it takes is for us to let our fear of love go today.  When we are no longer afraid of love, the world is saved.  When we choose to be no longer insane with our wars and deceits, our lust and greed, when we accept our Selves as God – our Father and our Source – created us, we are saved, and the world is saved.  We make a momentous decision to awaken from the sickly, viscous dream of death and madness.  We seek truth where it lives for always joyful in love.  We can no longer identify with the ego body, for we find our true Identity in the Selves whom God created as His Sons – at one with God.

And so today we let our fears of this world behind.  Identifying with love and love alone, we will not fear or despise our brothers but uphold them in the holy instant.  Our minds will dwell upon our love for our brothers and their love for us.  When ego tempts us to interfere in the processes of our brothers, we will give our interference to the Holy Spirit, while we keep focused on our journey, keep our noses in our own business, and put any concerns for others in the capable hands of God! 

When ego would fill our minds with distrust of friend and foe alike, we will remind ourselves that God is Love and Love alone.  When ego distracts us from devotion and holy practice with selfish, go-nowhere activities that only delight for the moment, we will acknowledge our wrong choice, for the Name of our Father is Love and so is ours; Holy Spirit will use everything to teach us and bring us home.  Being afraid of love, finding ways to avoid it, to fall under the ego’s spin, is not a sin – it is only a mistake.  We will accept Love’s call today and not be afraid.  Amen. 


[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 282. I will not be…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 438

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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