Does fear hold you back? Are there things you’d like to do – but don’t – because you are gripped by fear?
We all experience fear. It’s part of how we made the world.
No one who follows the ego’s teaching is without fear. (T-15.I.4)
Whenever we choose the wrong-minded thought system of the ego as our guide, we will experience fear – and all its little cousins of doubt, insecurity, and anxiety.
But it need not be.
Fear is not of the present, but only of the past and future, which do not exist. There is no fear in the present when each instant stands clear and separate from the past, without its shadow reaching out into the future. (T-15.I.8)
Recall the opening lines of A Course in Miracles:
The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite. This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. (T-in.1-2)
When we chose to “dedicate” parts of our life to fear, we are choosing the opposite of love. But as we read in Chapter 28 (The Undoing of Fear), we learn that fear is simply a choice. Not an objective reality that impinges upon us – but rather, a mistaken choice. And we are offered another option, a thought system completely counter to fear. A mindset that undoes all the terrifying debilitations of fear.
Once we make that different choice, we see our daily narratives of fear replaced with blissfully calm chronicles of love. No longer are we paralyzed in the grip of fear, no longer do we pace in anxious paranoia. Instead, we walk in wondrous tranquility with a relaxed smile – at peace in all our everyday encounters.
So, the next time you feel the fear begin to grip, remember it’s a choice – and then, choose again.