Friday, May 6, 2022

The practice of radical acceptance.

When you are anxious, realize that anxiety comes from the capriciousness of the ego, and know this need not be. You can be as vigilant against the ego’s dictates as for them. T-4.IV.4: 1 - 2

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric diagnoses in the United States. Why would this be? In the richest, most powerful country in the world why are its citizens so fearful? The cause is not psychological or material but spiritual. Americans in spite of the evidence are terrified of scarcity and deprivation. These fears are not actual but relative born out of illusions of lack and loss. As the Course suggests, these anxieties are the result of the ego and not of the reality of God’s unconditional love.

Today, it is suggested that we give up the comparisons and the judgments and engage in what some call “radical acceptance” which is the awareness that things are as they are in the moment. Radical acceptance involves the letting go, the giving up control, the savoring of the peace of the present moment without conjuring up the past or anticipating the future. Just settle into and accept the now.

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