II. SECTION 8. What is the Real World?
Lesson 293. All fear is past and only love is here.
- 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.
- 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.
In today’s lesson Jesus expounds upon the Real World. All fear is past! Only love is here. Many of us who have come to this path have had a past filled with sorrow, shame, and a sense of guilt and reproach. Our relationships have been rocky. We did not always do the right thing. We had opportunities to do good, but we chose to do something else. In other words, we screwed up. The paths that led us to God were not always ones of chastity, charity, or conformity. As sincere and devoted as we are to God now, we often encounter other Christians who are simply unwilling to overlook our unsavory pasts, who hold us accountable, who resent our present happiness and would like to keep us quiet and afraid because our paths to God were strewn with sin and shame.
In our study groups, our one-on-one meetings, and devotionals, we talk quite openly about our innocence and purity, our sense of liberation from our past, while also acknowledging and taking full responsibility for the choices we made, the experiences we relished, the sorrows we suffered. We are thankful for our pasts because our pasts brought us to the path to God, while at the same time we are aware that our pasts simply cannot hurt us anymore.
Today I was blessed with an opportunity to face my past with no sense of shame, guilt, or apology. Although this particular brother has never found himself pregnant, abandoned, without the skill sets to support himself, let alone the developing fetus within him – he seemed unnaturally keen to project a sense of shame, reproach, and ungodliness upon those of us who, having been in that situation, made the difficult choice to terminate pregnancy. Years ago, when my own ego had done its best to chastise me, to think of myself as a murderer, a baby-killer, a less than human for the choice that I elected, my Holy Spirit stepped up and showed me how much I meant to God. I was no more or no less than anybody else! Holy Spirit assured me that I had made the best decision for me and for everybody involved at the time, and there was no cause for remorse, shame, or guilt.
How liberating it is to be freed from the judgment of the ego. How wonderful it is to own one’s past and extend love and forgiveness not only toward one’s past but to anyone who would try to use it for fear and retribution. It is not our oneness with Christ which poises us for attack, for blame and shame, for projection. The ego will use anything and anybody it can to keep us from looking upon our own wrongful behavior and keeping us paying our tithes and worshipping its own-made gods hellbent on revenge and vindictiveness. As long the ego can keep us heaping scorn and spite on the “baby killers,” carrying signs and shouting protests, we can continue to ignore the cries of the refugees, the war-torn, the homeless, the already born!
We are free from our past when it no longer frightens us or hinders our journey to the Real World. All the thoughts of guilt and shame, the fear that someone will find out the truth about us, will expose us as the frauds the ego tempts us to consider ourselves to be, are gone. When all that stuff fades away, Love remains the only present state. The Source of Love is all we know forever and ever. No more worries or cares about our past mistakes! The Real World shines in the reflection of Love’s holy light, and we perceive a world forgiven at last.
Today ask our Father God to let you see the Real World, to hear the hymns of gratitude that the ego tries to drown out with sounds of fear. Step into the Real World, the present moment which is safe from all the mistakes of our past. Get used to a state of love and laughter, where all is bright, clear, and beautiful. Hold precious and offer the miracle to all that surrounds you because you are one with God and all of Creation. Have a lovely day!
 A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 293. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 445.
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