Today’s ACIM Lesson, #310, In fearlessness and love I spend today, is the reminder that we are forever at choice. Each of us gets to decide how we want to experience life and it behooves those of us who recognize that we are at choice to choose love so that those who are less aware that happiness is a choice can see how it’s done. I know for myself that I can’t and won’t allow appearances to come in and hijack my day, at least not for long. (I certainly have human moments where I forget!) But today’s lesson reminds me that God is always present. He hasn’t left the building. There is no reason to freak out. “Every situation in which you find yourself is but a means to meet the purpose set for your relationship.”
Even in the midst of tragic appearances, good is present and love can be chosen as our modus operandi if we decide that is what we want. In my opinion, it is the only rational choice. I choose love. I choose fearlessness. I choose to allow God to lead me, tell me what I “should” be doing. I choose to work at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence. From last year’s writing:
I sometimes forget that not everyone is as practiced at thumbing their noses at fear as I am. I have had so much practice. When your income level is slashed by 90%, you tend to tremble in horror. You get practiced in reminding yourself that God is still present; He didn’t leave the building. There is a reason that my pantry is forever overstocked; it’s the natural backlash of way too many years of wondering if I had enough cash to afford a happy meal. (And yes, I get that it’s reactive behavior but I still haven’t cured myself of it.) When I trip across deals that are nearly as cheap as free, I stock up. I’m practiced at living with fear. That bugger can’t jump out of the closet and scare me like he used to. He’s been normalized down to “Yeah, yeah. Whatever.”
Because by now, I know to relax and trust God. He hasn’t left the building, but if you are focusing on fear, you aren’t going to feel calm.
When I catch myself slipping into fear, I tell myself that evil requires a host and I’ll be damned if I’m going to hold court for the bastard!
So it is weird for me to witness how many of my friends are freaking out over the election results. I mean, I get it. I do. I am not thrilled by appearances on many levels. I personally do not want us imitating East Germany and erecting a wall (that Mexico magically pays for). I don’t think we should reverse Roe v Wade and force abortions back into the coat-hangers days. Or repeal gay marriage, or anything else that acts like we can stuff the genie back into the bottle. I’m a live-and-let-live kind of gal. I don’t get all twisted over how I think others should choose. Freedoms don’t about-face graciously. When people have had certain rights and they are repealed, it rarely goes well. (Think prohibition and how successful that was!) I, too, am appalled by the number of people that now think it is somehow okay to be racist and bigoted, but if you forget to demonstrate what love looks like then fear wins.
And there are aspects that are, in my opinion, are not so terrible. Trump is like the unpredictable alcoholic father who the kids tiptoe around because they are unsure when the beatings might commence. I’m not saying it’s good to be terrified but it does wonders for keeping the riffraff from showing up on your doorstep. Already the number of illegal immigrants entering the country has dropped and some of them are thinking twice about staying. People are thinking maybe they should get health insurance. When “dad” can be an asshole, you are a little more cautious about flagrant disregard for the rules. It’s like the difference between how kids act around a strict teacher and one who is overly lenient. Sure it’s much better to have one that everyone loves and respects, but don’t kid yourself, even a lot of those folks supporting Hillary didn’t really like her. Her team was so arrogant about how Trump couldn’t possibly win that many Democrats didn’t even bother to vote, resulting in the lowest voter turnout in twenty years (not that it was only the Democrats who stayed home — in this two party system many people couldn’t stomach either of the major candidates).
Anyway, I’m not trying to get all political. But today’s A Course in Miracles lesson is about fearlessness and love and I have frankly been shocked by how many folks have been acting as if God left the building.
It’s not possible to be separate from God. I personally think it is bad form to get all caught up in fear and start creating shit that we don’t want.
In fearlessness and love I spend today.
This day, my Father, would I spend with You, as You have chosen all my days should be. And what I will experience is not of time at all. The joy that comes to me is not of days nor hours, for it comes from Heaven to Your Son. This day will be Your sweet reminder to remember You, Your gracious calling to Your holy Son, the sign Your grace has come to me, and that it is Your Will I be set free today.
We spend this day together, you and I. And all the world joins with us in our song of thankfulness and joy to Him Who gave salvation to us, and Who set us free. We are restored to peace and holiness. There is no room in us for fear today, for we have welcomed love into our hearts.
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God hasn’t left the building. Spirit is everywhere present: in every situation, every person, every moment.
“Only what you have not given can be lacking in any situation.” Remember?
“4 Only what you have not given can be lacking in any situation. But remember this; the goal of holiness was set for your relationship, and not by you. You did not set it because holiness cannot be seen except through faith, and your relationship was not holy because your faith in your brother was so limited and little. Your faith must grow to meet the goal that has been set. The goal’s reality will call this forth, for you will see that peace and faith will not come separately. What situation can you be in without faith, and remain faithful to your brother?”
It goes back to knowing what our purpose is. Is our purpose to heal or to prove how right we are?
“5 Every situation in which you find yourself is but a means to meet the purpose set for your relationship. See it as something else and you are faithless. Use not your faithlessness. Let it enter and look upon it calmly, but do not use it. Faithlessness is the servant of illusion, and wholly faithful to its master. Use it, and it will carry you straight to illusions.”
So let us spend the day remembering that God is forever present. He hasn’t left the building. Love is always here. It’s up to us to show what that looks like. The Universe is conspiring in our favor, but it is up to us to choose the Holy Spirit’s thought system –holy instants filled with miracles – or the ego’s which is fearful and hellish.
I for one want love. Appearances can only be our downfall if we think we will never have the opportunity to choose again.
All fear is past and only love is here. God hasn’t left the building.
“7 Forsake not now your brother. For you who are the same will not decide alone nor differently. Either you give each other life or death; either you are each other’s savior or his judge, offering him sanctuary or condemnation. This course will be believed entirely or not at all. For it is wholly true or wholly false, and cannot be but partially believed. And you will either escape from misery entirely or not at all. Reason will tell you that there is no middle ground where you can pause uncertainly, waiting to choose between the joy of Heaven and the misery of hell. Until you choose Heaven, you are in hell and misery.”
Let’s choose Heaven today. Teach only love.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
- Keep a Close Watch on Yourself! (challies.com)
- “It’s not you, its me”: a Spiritual Badass gets Schooled in Love. (elephantjournal.com)
- Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives (celiaelaine.wordpress.com)
- Feed One Another: Patterns of Attack and Surrender in Personal Relationships (polishedpearcreative.com)
- When Things Don’t Work Out: Who Knows If It’s Good or Bad? (tinybuddha.com)