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Remembering Our Eternal Safety in Love

No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected. There is no need to shrink from illusions, for they cannot be dangerous. We are ready to look more closely at the ego’s thought system because together we have the lamp that will dispel it, and since you realize you do not want it, you must be ready. Let us be very calm in doing this, for we are merely looking honestly for truth. The “dynamics” of the ego will be our lesson for a while, for we must look first at this to see beyond it, since you have made it real. We will undo this error quietly together, and then look beyond it to truth.

What is healing but the removal of all that stands in the way of knowledge? And how else can one dispel illusions except by looking at them directly, without protecting them? Be not afraid, therefore, for what you will be looking at is the source of fear, and you are beginning to learn that fear is not real. You are also learning that its effects can be dispelled merely by denying their reality. …Do not be afraid, then, to look upon fear, for it cannot be seen. Clarity undoes confusion by definition, and to look upon darkness through light must dispel it.

When we look at the ego, then, we are not considering dynamics but delusions. You can surely regard a delusional system without fear, for it cannot have any effects if its source is not real. Fear becomes more obviously inappropriate if you recognize the ego’s goal, which is so clearly senseless that any effort on its behalf is necessarily expended on nothing. The ego’s goal is quite explicitly ego autonomy. From the beginning, then, its purpose is to be separate, sufficient unto itself and independent of any power except its own. This is why [the ego] is the symbol of separation. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.V.1;2:1-4,8-9;4. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego thought system denies the Light of Love. Because only Love is real, the ego’s image-making produces nothing real and can have no effect. There is nothing to fear. Fear of the dark comes only from belief that something that is unseen can cause harm.

Because only the Love of God is real, we, the one Son of God, are real because we remain one with our Source. Reality is changeless. Nothing outside of Reality can affect it in any way. We remain at one with our Source. We are eternally safe. It is our unity with God that protects us and keeps us whole.

It is only our delusional belief in the ego thought system that seems to make the ego fearful and something to be defended against. But if we look at the delusions of the ego with the Light of the Holy Spirit in our minds, we see that what we feared was not really there. There is nothing in the darkness of the ego; only delusional images that cannot have any real effect.

Only our belief in the thought system of separation makes fear seem justified. To dispel the fear, we need only choose to let the Holy Spirit’s Light in our mind shine through the false images. But we must be willing to bring the ego’s false images to the Light. With the Holy Spirit’s Light, the false images are easily overlooked, for His Light shows us the reality of changeless Love. In this Light, we know we are safe eternally. To day we dedicate to letting the Light of the Holy Spirit correct all errors in our mind.

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