Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #160 - I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.


 Lesson #160
I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.

Do you feel at home in the world of the ego? We keep trying to believe that the idols of the ego will make us happy. We are told this hundreds of times per day in advertisements of all sorts. We are conditioned to think that our happiness lies in acquiring things in the external world. This world is full of fear based on the ego’s law of scarcity. The ego tells us there isn’t enough for everyone. There isn’t enough to go around so get yours as quick as you can and protect it before the threats of the ego world take it from you.

Fear is the atmosphere of the world of the ego. It is what we breath, and ingest, and eliminate constantly.

And then it finally dawns on us that the promises of the ego world are a lie and that peace and joy does not come from the things in the external world of empty promises. Rather peace and joy comes from the Unconditional Love of our Creator in Whose embrace we can dwell if we so choose.

The question is simple: “Now, knowing you have choice, will you choose hell or heaven?” We can decide that our home is in the Oneness of our Transcendent Source where fear is a stranger because we have chosen to dwell in perfection.

In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested in the eleventh step to improve our conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation. AA instructs us to stop taking other people’s inventory and to focus on our own. How about that? Is that a good idea or what?

In Unitarian Universalism, we are encouraged to covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This inherent worth and dignity is nothing to be earned, to be deserved, to be obtained and acquired, it is our intrinsic nature. It is not what we do but who we are. In this realization we are at home and fear is a stranger because scarcity is not part of the picture. If that isn’t nice, what is?

Today, it is suggested that we begin and end the day, and many times in between, we remind ourselves of our choice: to become aware of our intrinsic nature and dwell there or to be consumed with fear that we are not good enough, don’t have enough, won’t get enough. This fear of scarcity is a stranger in the world of the Spirit. And so it goes…..

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Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfinkle

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