Lesson 323 Today I Gladly Make The “Sacrifice” Of Fear

II.  SECTION 11.  What is Creation?

Lesson 323 I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

  1. Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy.  Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.
  2. And as we pay the debt we owe to truth, —a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely, —truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy.  We are deceived no longer.  Love has now returned to our awareness.  And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.[1]
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Jesus teaches us that there are two levels.  One is false and one is true.  When we no longer believe in and worship that which is false, only truth remains.  To remember Creation is to surrender all the substitutes that we made to take its place.  It is only our recognition of our need for salvation that truth can be made apparent to us.  As long as we are content with this world, finding our jollies in its follies, happy to play the pointing fingers game, and add our two cents to its unending commentary on its unrestful dramas, competitions, and strife – we are doomed to what we must “sacrifice.”  However, when we surrender decay, darkness, and death all that remains is healing, light, and love everlasting.  When we surrender our craving for suffering, sorrow, anxiety and uncertainty, God’s love and devotion for us returns to our awareness.  We are healed.  We are filled with peace and joy.  We are restored to Creation.  We are as God created us. 

Application of today’s lesson concept can be illustrated by no longer being afraid of being called a “kook” because we choose to seek God in a public forum.  We are no longer content to stay in the closet knocking on heaven’s door, our private journeys have only taken us so far.  When we bring our love for God out in the open; we bring our path to God out where everyone can see.  No longer ashamed of our need for salvation, no longer ashamed to say, “There must be a better way,” our public devotion is not a device in which to boast or brag of our enlightened spirituality, but a platform in which to share our journey. For salvation cannot be grasped alone for God’s plan is one of reunification, healing, and wholeness.

The Course teaches that we honor truth by letting go of all that is false.  We honor God by letting go of all that would shatter the joy and peace and love in which He created us with and for.  When we are ready to give up all that stands in the way of our return to Him, we exchange nothing for Everything.  Today I gladly make the sacrifice of fear.

[1]A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students.  Lesson 323. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 463.

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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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