This post is part of a series of posts entitled: Reflections from a Course of Miracles
Chapter 2, Vii Cause and Effect
Immediately in this section, we are reminded that we are not only responsible for our own fears, we are also responsible for alleviating them ourselves. We have the personal power to create our own realities, so, asking a higher power to alleviate us from our fear is also asking that we remove the most important element of freedom; the power of personal choice. It is in our personal choices that we create our own realities.
Once we remember once again that spirit is perfect and eternal and has nothing to fear and the human body is nothing more than a learning laboratory for spirit to experience life on earth in human form, this immediately removes duality of our existence and should also then, alleviate all fear as a miscreation of our own mind.
“Miracle working entails a full realization of the power of thought in order to avoid miscreation.”
Here we see the cause and effect of fear. Fear is created in the mind. The mind is the creator of reality, making fear seam very real.
“Both Miracles and Fear come from thoughts”
Both the miracle mind and the fearful mind come from our own thoughts. Once again, we are reminded of our POWER OF PERSONAL CHOICE. Fear is a choice.
In Paragraph 4 sentence 4 we learn that the true way to resolve this choice of fear lies in the mastery of love.
“Nothing and everything cannot coexist. To believe in one is to deny the other. Fear is really nothing and love is everything. Whenever light enters darkness, the darkness is abolished. What you believe is true for you.”
That last sentence gives us a really big clue, a reminder that we indeed create our own reality.
We are again reminded of our non-duality with spirit in paragraph 6
“It should especially be noted that God has only one Son. If all his Creations are His Sons, every one must be an integral part of the whole Sonship. The Sonship in its Oneness transcends the sum of its parts.”
If divine creation has chosen to be on earth as a human, then each version of the human experience must be recognized as equally valid. Denying any part of the human experience is denying a part of ourselves. This is the essence of duality we learn about in many Eastern traditions. Yin and Yang, Masculine and Feminine, Black or white, Light or Dark, Good and Evil, Love and Hate, there is none without the other. Denying one then, denies the other. These can be very powerful words if you really swallow them.
The idea behind the dark night of the soul is learning to recognize these dark parts in ourselves and admitting they exist and opening our minds to new ideas of oneness and wholeness and the synergy that occurs when the sum is greater than all of its parts individually.
“Only then can the meaning of wholeness in the true sense be understood”
Finally, by the end of this section, we are given hope by learning:
“Readiness is only the prerequisite for accomplishment”
We are reminded again that Fear is a choice and trying to master fear is not the real problem, the real problem is:
“We have already attempted to correct the fundamental error that fear can be mastered, and have emphasized that the only real mastery is through love. Readiness is only the beginning of confidence.”
The fact that you have entered dear reader into this journey with me, diving into A Course of Miracles, signifies your readiness, our readiness. We are all seekers of knowledge, we are all searching for answers, looking for something, seeking a connection with something greater than ourselves. Let that thing be Love. The fact that you are here signifies your readiness, hopefully, my non-theistic interpretation allows you to see this text of ACIM as a journey towards that wholeness we all seem to be seeking.
Lastly, we are reminded that once we all master love, time and space will cease to exist.