Sunday, November 18, 2007

Lesson 323:

I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear…

Presumably, every sacrifice I seemingly made, most my so-called life, was made only in an effort to sacrifice FEAR. Dude, I hate that feeling; where your heart is beating at maximum, yet pumping ice through your veins… All you want to do is RUN; quit, get away from it, do anything to stop feeling it…And oh, the tactics I was will to implore… None of them worked.

These; my favorite acronym’s for FEAR, cover it pretty well:

False Evidence Appearing Real

Frantic Effort To Avoid Reality

F@#! Everything And Run…

Turns out, each ‘sacrifice’ was actually made at the feet of Fear’s throne, in worship; sacrificing Self to fear.

Remember, every single thought or action or feeling speaks to what I believe I am. There’s no other way it could go… it is the holographic nature of wholeness. Of course, what I believe is not what I am. If belief is involved, it is at best a symbol pointing toward the truth…. At worst, well we all know, it’s a total shredding of identity with One Self, replaced with a false identity to be feared and mistrusted, split off into millions of ‘other’ selves, separate and at odds with ‘me’. Thank God, that’s false! And thank heaven that the false always is false …

Only the truth is true~ forever, always. I job is to deny the denial of truth. Which looks like the lesson says; to sacrifice all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let God’s Love come streaming in to my awareness, healing all ideas of pain and allowing God’s Own eternal joy. My mission, once I choose to accept it, is to accept love’s miracles in place of fear’s depiction of the world by committing all; that is every situation, circumstance, relationship and belief, to my function of forgiveness and therefore, happiness. Here is where the ‘real’ world is revealed… I love how the Course talks about this switch over in Chapter 28 of the text. Here's some excerpts from that section:: “The miracle alone is your concern at present. Here is where we must begin. And having started, will the way be made serene and simple in the rising up to waking and the ending of the dream. When you accept a miracle, you do not add your dream of fear to one that is already being dreamed. Without support, the dream will fade away without effects. For it is your support that strengthens it”…. “Like every lesson that the Holy Spirit requests you learn, the miracle is clear. It demonstrates what He would have you learn, and shows you its effects are what you want. In His forgiving dreams are the effects of yours undone, and hated enemies perceived as friends with merciful intent. Their enmity is seen as causeless now, because they did not make it. And you can accept the role of maker of their hate, because you see that it has no effects. Now are you freed from this much of the dream; the world is neutral, and the bodies that still seem to move about as separate things need not be feared. And so they are not sick…. The miracle returns the cause of fear to you who made it. But it also shows that, having no effects, it is not cause, because the function of causation is to have effects. And where effects are gone, there is no cause. Thus is the body healed by miracles because they show the mind made sickness, and employed the body to be victim, or effect, of what it made. Yet half the lesson will not teach the whole. The miracle is useless if you learn but that the body can be healed, for this is not the lesson it was sent to teach. The lesson is the mind was sick that thought the body could be sick; projecting out its guilt caused nothing, and had no effects… This world is full of miracles. They stand in shining silence next to every dream of pain and suffering, of sin and guilt. They are the dream's alternative, the choice to be the dreamer, rather than deny the active role in making up the dream. They are the glad effects of taking back the consequence of sickness to its cause. The body is released because the mind acknowledges "this is not done to me, but I am doing this." And thus the mind is free to make another choice instead. Beginning here, salvation will proceed to change the course of every step in the descent to separation, until all the steps have been retraced, the ladder gone, and all the dreaming of the world undone”.

Doesn’t that just leave you with a yummy feeling of being on track, identifying as the dreamer instead of the dream, learning from the right-mind, and coming home… Make you want to gladly pay the debt we owe to truth,—a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshiped falsely—truth returns… Ummm Thanks for joining me~ ~

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