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