II.  SECTION 8.  What is the Real World?

Lesson 293.  All fear is past, and only love is here.

Audio credit: eckiefriar.com Lesson 293
  1. All fear is past, because its source is gone, and all its thoughts gone with it.  Love remains the only present state, whose Source is here forever and forever.  Can the world seem bright and clear and safe and welcoming, with all my past mistakes oppressing it, and showing me distorted forms of fear?  Yet in the present love is obvious, and its effects apparent.  All the world shines in reflection of its holy light, and I perceive a world forgiven at last.
  2. Father, let not Your holy world escape my sight today.  Nor let my ears be deaf to all the hymns of gratitude the world is singing underneath the sounds of fear.  There is a real world which the present holds safe from all past mistakes.  And I would see only this world before my eyes today.[1]
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This morning, I skipped my Devotion and Practice.  It was a travel day; I had slept in until almost 8:00, and there seemed too much to do to take the time to read and study and practice my lesson, let alone blog about it!  Later on our way, I read the lesson and marveled at how it applied this day to my life.  

Because all morning, I was in a state of bliss and happiness.  Gone was the fear and distress from yesterday when this one and that one would come to my mind, and the memories of them would bite at me.  There was only this state of love and laughter that the lesson discussed, and the world, although drizzling outside and gray in spots, was bright, clear,  and beautiful.  Nothing from my past was troubling me. All that was obvious to me was what a lovely day it was, how precious our home, our family, our friends, our pets, each other.  When I thought of the past, I chuckled and thought it was funny and forgivable; when I thought of people that have disappointed and hurt me, I thought, Oh, we are all just playing our part in this thing we call humanity.  Where an anxious, stressful call would have stolen our sense of peace and well-being, I shrugged and said, “Oh well, we won’t get our panties in a wad,” which brought a proper sense of levity to the trite matter.  It was such a cool way to be in the world, and as the fourth sentence in the lesson states:  It is the present where love is obvious, and its effects are apparent. 

It is only when we stir up the past that we would have reason to withhold forgiveness and keep our minds from perceiving the real world where grateful songs can be heard underneath the grunts and growls, cries and howls of fear.  There is a real world, Jesus promises, right here and right now in the holy present, which is safe from the mistakes of our past.  And all day long, I experienced the blessed real world, and all day long, I kept asking myself, “Is it okay to be this happy?  Is it alright to be this blessed?  Is it okay not to let myself be riled about this world and its constant demands for sacrifice, grieving, hurt feelings, blame, and dismay? 

In a telephone conversation the other day, I talked to a dear friend who shared with me that she feels as if she is on an extended vacation.  Her worries, cares, fears, guilt, shame have all been lifted as she puts down her special relationships and asks only for holy ones.  When we step out of the false world and its dishonest relationships which are based on substitutes, lies, sacrifice, grudges, indebtedness, and the past, we are giving our minds room for the real world where all relationships are renewed, loving, kind, forgiving, and never ask for anything but more of the same.  It is such a stark difference in relating to others that there is no wonder at all why our minds should reel in the happiness and joy of it and ask ourselves, “Is this okay?  Is it really possible to be this content and happy in the ego world, which would constantly besiege us with worries and concerns?”

Today’s lesson assures us that it is more than okay.  This is our goal.  This is our aim – to see only the real world and thus embrace the vision of Christ.  Let us pray the prayer of faith together – all fear is past, and only love is here!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 293. All fear is past…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 445