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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 19 The Attainment of Peace

IV.  The Obstacles of Peace

D. The Fourth Obstacle: The Fear of God 1-7

1. What would you see without the fear of death?  What would you feel and think if death held no attraction for you?  Very simply, you would remember your Father.  The Creator of life, the Source of everything that lives, the Father of the universe and of the universe of universes, and of everything that lies even beyond them would you remember.  And as this memory rises in your mind, peace must still surmount a final obstacle, after which is salvation completed, and the Son of God entirely restored to sanity.  For here your world does end.

2. The fourth obstacle to be surmounted hangs like a heavy veil before the face of Christ.  Yet as His face rises beyond it, shining with joy because He is His Father’s Love, peace will lightly brush the veil aside and run to meet Him, and to join with Him at last.  For this dark veil, which seems to make the face of Christ Himself like to a leper’s, and the bright rays of His Father’s Love that light His face with glory appear as streams of blood, fades in the blazing light beyond it when the fear of death is gone.

3. This is the darkest veil, upheld by the belief in death and protected by its attraction.  The dedication to death and to its sovereignty is but the solemn vow, the promise made in secret to the ego never to lift this veil, not to approach it, nor even to suspect that it is there.  This is the secret bargain made with the ego to keep what lies beyond the veil forever blotted out and unremembered.  Here is your promise never to allow union to call you out of separation, the great amnesia in which the memory of God seems quite forgotten; the cleavage of your Self from you; – the fear of God, the final step in your dissociation.

4. See how the belief in death would seem to “save” you.  For if this were gone, what could you fear but life?  It is the attraction of death that makes life seem to be ugly, cruel, and tyrannical.  You are no more afraid of death than of the ego.  These are your chosen friends.  For in your secret alliance with them you have agreed never to let the fear of God be lifted, so you could look upon the face of Christ and join Him in His Father.

5. Every obstacle that peace must flow across is surmounted in just the same way; the fear that raised it yields to the love beyond, and so the fear is gone.  And so it is with this.  The desire to get rid of peace and drive the Holy Spirit from you fades in the presence of the quiet recognition that you love Him.  The exaltation of the body is given up in favor of the spirit, which you love as you could never love the body.  And the appeal of death is lost forever as love’s attraction stirs and calls to you.  From beyond each of the obstacles to love, Love Itself has called.  And each has been surmounted by the power of the attraction of what lies beyond.  Your wanting fear seemed to be holding them in place.  Yet when you heard the Voice of Love beyond them, you answered and they disappeared.

6. And now you stand in terror before what you swore never to look upon.  Your eyes look down, remembering your promise to your “friends.”  The “loveliness” of sin, the delicate appeal of guilt, the “holy” waxen images of death, and the fear of vengeance of the ego you swore in blood not to desert, all rise and bid you not to raise your eyes.  For you realize that if you look on this and let the veil be lifted, they will be gone forever.  All of your “friends,” your “protectors,” and your “home” will vanish.  Nothing that you remember now will you remember.

7. It seems to you that the world will utterly abandon you if you but raise your eyes.  Yet all that will occur is you will leave the world forever.  This is the re-establishment of your will.  Look upon it, open-eyed, and you will nevermore believe that you are at the mercy of things beyond you, forces you cannot control, and thoughts that come to you against your will.  It is your will to look on this.  No mad desire, no trivial impulse to forget again, no stab of fear nor the cold sweat of seeming death can stand against your will.  For what attracts you from beyond the veil is also deep within you, unseparated from it and completely one.[1]

In today’s devotional text, Jesus tells us to look upon the fear of God with open eyes and see beyond it to the love we have for God and God has for us.  As long as we believe the world is reality, God is a god of vengeance and wrath.  We must approach Him through guilt, shame, a sense of sin and sacrifice. 

The ego’s religions, gods, and viewpoints teach us guilt, shame, sin, certain death, and hell beyond.  Christ gives us God’s Love which has no opposite nor can be opposed.  In your quiet time today contemplate the meaning of the fear of God.  Go over each paragraph and ask Holy Spirit to lift the heavy veil that would obscure the reality of God from our consciousness.  Do not be afraid to abandon the world’s belief system for while it poses as our friend, its “salvation” is a ruse that demands fear and servanthood, which would keep us from remembering our love and devotion to God as our Father and His love and devotion to us as His Son.   

As we come to this place, the exaltation of the body gives way to our love and devotion to Spirit, our true and holy Self.  As we raise our eyes without fear, in love and perfect trust and devotion to God our Father, we leave the world of sin, guilt, shame, sacrifice behind forever.  We remember who and what we really are.  We remember the God of the universe and the universes beyond this universe – we remember God as the Source of all that is and ever will be – and we are not afraid. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 19 The attainment of peace. IV The obstacles to peace. D. The fourth obstacle: the fear of God 1-7. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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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