It is easy to think of this as a fearful world. All we have to do is watch the news at any hour on any day to see one crime, wrongdoing, or violent act after another. It is easy to fall prey to the seductive beckoning and propagation of fear. It is easy to fall into the belief that we need to protect ourselves and all that is ours against inevitable attack. It is what we are fed, hour after hour, day after day — a steady diet of fear, attack, and retribution.
I want to share with you text from A Course in Miracles that tells us that there is another way — we have a choice in what we see and experience. “Fear looks on guilt with the same devotion that love looks on itself. And each has messengers which it sends forth, and which return to it with messages written in the language in which their going forth was asked.” (ACIM, Chapter 19, IV, 10:9–10) When we choose to look at the world through lenses of fear and guilt, we will see evidence of what we seek. We experience the fear and guilt that we project onto the world, and the world becomes a scary place in which to live. When we choose to look at the world through lenses of love, we will also see evidence of what we seek. We experience the love and peace that we project onto the world, and the world becomes a lovely place in which to live. We experience what we choose and expect to experience.
“Love’s messengers are gently sent, and return with messages of love and gentleness. The messengers of fear are harshly ordered to seek out guilt, and cherish every scrap of evil and of sin that they can find…” (ACIM, Chapter 19, IV, 11:1–2) When we seek evidence of love in the world, we will find it. The opposite is also true. When we seek evidence of fear, guilt, and evil in the world, so too, will we find all the wrongdoing that we wish to find. What we seek is our choice, and what we seek, we experience. “Perception cannot obey two masters, each asking for messages of different things in different languages. What fear would feed upon, love overlooks. What fear demands, love cannot even see. The fierce attraction that guilt holds for fear is wholly absent from love’s gentle perception. What love would look upon is meaningless to fear, and quite invisible.” (ACIM, Chapter 19, IV, 11: 3–7)
The truth and wisdom of this text resonates with a deep knowing that lies within me, and I hope that it will do the same with you. Given the state of the world, I believe we all need a message of hope and love that will lift us above the evidence of violence and death that fear offers us:
“The Holy Spirit has given you love’s messengers to send instead of those you trained through fear. They are as eager to return to you what they hold dear as are the others. If you send them forth, they will see only the blameless and the beautiful, the gentle and the kind. They will be as careful to let no little act of charity, no tiny expression of forgiveness, no little breath of love escape their notice. And they will return with all the happy things they found, to share them lovingly with you. Be not afraid of them. They offer you salvation. Theirs are the messages of safety, for they see the world as kind. If you send forth only the messengers the Holy Spirit gives you, wanting no messages but theirs, you will see fear no more. The world will be transformed before your sight, cleansed of all guilt and softly brushed with beauty. The world contains no fear that you laid not upon it. And none you cannot ask love’s messengers to remove from it, and see it still.” (ACIM, Chapter 19, IV, 14: 1-8 and 15:1-4)
My beloved sisters and brothers, I share these passages with you with the prayer that they will bring you peace and faith in the power of love to create a new and glorious experience of life here in this physical existence. Given the choice of fear or love, I know that there is really only one choice to make. I choose love, and so I ask Holy Spirit to send out love’s messengers that I might see a world that is kind and governed by beauty and the love that unites us all. I pray that you make the choice for love so that we can create anew. Namaste, my dears. :))