I will not fear to look within today.
John Bradshaw taught that the basis for addiction is shame. We believe that deep down there is something wrong with us, that we are deficient or inadequate in some way and it is only a matter of time before what we believe is our inadequate nature is found out.
The truth, on the contrary, is that deep down within us is a brilliant diamond illuminated by a Divine Spark which is perfect. And yet our ego doesn’t want us to believe this Truth that our essence is Divine and so instigates fear and tells us not to look because if we do we will be horrified by what we see. Today’s lesson counters the fear driven suggestion of the ego not to look within and suggests that we say to ourselves, “I will not fear to look within today.”
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we improve our conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation which involves a looking within. If we find the courage we will be delighted by what we find when we see the Divine nature from which we arise.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The Universalists knew about the Divine Spark within and taught that we are all loved unconditionally by our Creator because we are the extension of God’s Love.
Today, it is suggested that we say, “I will not fear to look within today,” many times during the day. We will like what we see and it will feel like a miracle. This is, afterall, lesson #309 from A Course In Miracles.