There is nothing to fear.
The idea for today simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true.
Today’s practice periods will be very short, very simple and very frequent. Merely repeat the idea as often as possible. You can use it with your eyes open at any time and in any situation. It is strongly recommended, however, that you take a minute or so whenever possible to close your eyes and repeat the idea slowly to yourself several times. It is particularly important that you use the idea immediately, should anything disturb your peace of mind.
The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, and let His strength take the place of your weakness. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.
The reason there is nothing to fear is very simple. Nothing I see with my eyes or experience through the body in any way is real. It is only an idea in my mind and has no reality whatsoever. And where I am and what I am cannot be endangered. I am in God and God is in me. What could there possibly be to fear?
Why is it then, that I am still afraid at times? It can only be that I would rather live in fear than give up the world I made. Sure, it’s insane. I mean, clearly, it is insane. I am God the Son with all that implies, and yet, I am choosing to retain the images of pain and suffering and death instead of claiming my true heritage.
And yet, that is my right and God will not snatch me out of my dream. Love doesn’t do that. Instead, I will dream until I am done dreaming and when I am done, the Answer has been placed in my mind right next to the question so that I can choose Heaven for myself. The Holy Spirit will gently lead me to my Home in God where I already reside. Self will meet Self and I will laugh at the whole idea of separation.
I’ve been talking about a medical procedure I had done last fall. It presented an excellent practice, simple yet effective. I could have been afraid that it would cause me to fall behind on this work that is so important to me. But I reminded myself that there is nothing to fear. I would get done what I could and it would be fine. I could be afraid of what the medical tests might show, but why would I; there is nothing to fear. Whatever happens to me is the perfect next step to my awakening.
Anyway, this is my script, why should I be afraid of it. If I didn’t want to experience it, I wouldn’t write it in. Fear is an idea the ego mind designed to add drama to our stories, that’s all. It is no more real than anything else we experience in our dream of separation. There is no fear in God; I am in God and God is in me; therefore, there can be no fear in me. Now that makes sense.
I woke up one morning worrying about something. I mean, literally. I woke up to the worry. Jeez, the ego mind didn’t even wait for me to get out of bed! When I looked at the worry I saw that there is nothing I could do about it and so that made it even scarier. The ego mind was busy trying to think of defenses and trying to see into the future what might happen should the worst case scenario come true.
I also woke up that morning with my real mind and from that mind, the Voice for God was still there. Just because I was listening to the ego and fretting over what I heard didn’t mean that truth stopped existing. When I considered the thoughts the ego mind was focused on, each one was some form of separation. The content of all forms of separation is the belief I have separated myself from God, a ridiculous notion since I exist in the Mind of God, but one that nevertheless causes fear if I believe it.
I remembered that I am dedicated to union rather than to separation. I talked to myself for a moment or two, remembering that I am afraid of nothing because this world is nothing. I remembered the truth about myself. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy, and in God, I am very strong. It is only in the ego mind that I appear weak and frightened, and it is up to me if my attention remains focused on the ego mind, or my true mind. I recommitted myself to union that day rather than to separation and allowed the anxiety to subside as I lost interest in the separation thoughts.
Some Fears Can Be Paralyzing
Some thoughts about fear came to me as I write about this. I remember when I used to work construction and we were building an energy plant. The structure was very high and it was mostly the skeleton of it when I started to work there. This meant that even when walking from one side to another, you were walking on the iron structure and could see through to the floor way below.
Since I am afraid of heights, this was a problem for me. I also had to cross the catwalk from one end to the other and it swayed as I walked and the view down was even more frightening. This fear had to be faced, or I would become paralyzed in it and not be able to do my job. The way I shifted this was to remind myself constantly that God was with me wherever I was. It didn’t matter if I was up high or on the ground, God walked with me. The constant reminder that with God with me I had nothing to fear did the trick. I spent the rest of my time on that job without fear even though a number of dangerous things occurred.
Fear is a Choice
Another thought came to me. I have been afraid for my children many times as they have gone through their life stories. What I have seen is that every single time, the fear has been in my mind. I could have as easily decided to remember that they, too, walk with God. I could have turned from fear to faith and had a calm and peaceful experience.
Both of these ideas are in my mind. I choose the one I will believe. Even if my child had died there would be no reason for fear. The death of the body is just a reset and if they died it would be because this story is over for them. They remain, still, as they were created. Yes, I would grieve, but I would not fear for them or for me, and the strength of God in me would uphold me in that grief.
I cannot think of a single thing that demands my fear. I used to think that life required fear in order to survive. How would I know to make myself safe if I were not afraid? What I have learned is that I don’t need fear to do that. I have both common sense and a constant Guide in my mind to direct me. If a tornado were coming toward me, I would do what I could to protect this body. I don’t have to be afraid to do this. I just know that this is what is to be done and I do it. In fact, I would make better choices if I were calm rather than trying to think through a fog of fear.
No matter what is happening, I know that God goes with me wherever I go. God is my strength, the light in which I see, the mind with which I think. God is the strength in which I trust; I have nothing to fear.