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  • Writer's pictureShannon Duskie

Fear Vs. Love

FEAR |-----------------------------------------| LOVE

This is an idea, a spectrum, that has been turning over and over in my head ever since I read the book. I feel like I see a lot of things via a spectrum. This is no different.

The Divine Law of Compensation states that there are only two ways to live. Through fear or through love.

THE MAIN PRINCIPLE of A Course I Miracles, and key to the peace of God, is this: "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists." Love is the all-encompassing reality of God and thus can have no opposite. The absence of love, which is fear, is mere illusion. Love is the only eternal truth, while fear is a hallucination of the mortal mind.

That the ONLY problem anyone EVER HAS is being distant from the Lord. When we are distant from the Lord, we are unable to live life fully through LOVE because we are trying to forge our own path rather than follow His.

ACCORDING TO A Course in Miracles, we think we have many different problems, but we really have only one: our separation from God.
As long as we make love our bottom line, then our lives will naturally prosper.

Does that not make your head tilt to the side in a WTF kind of way? I finished this book weeks ago and keep going back to this! It keeps showing up - in my devotion, in my thoughts, in my regular day.

This past Advent season was the very first time that I’ve done a specific Advent devotional and I totally loved it! Rejoice!! Advent Meditations with Mary. The readings were good and all, but the powerful part was the Lectio Divinia - AKA the Catholics' fancy terms for reading a scripture three times over.

I read the verse Psalm 27:1.

The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?

The Lord is my light. He lights my way WHEN I stay close to him. However, when I am distant, I lose the light and roam around in the dark without any sense of direction. I get stuck in the past, searching for my Nokia phone with the light-up sides that I specifically had to have in high school so I could see when I went out into the pasture to pop a squat during a party. You probably didn’t need to know all of that.

The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? I don’t have to know what I’m doing or where I’m going because as long as I stay close to him - HE will guide me. HE is the STRONGHOLD of my LIFE!! Not me. And if this is the case - If I am TRULY following the Lord - should I be worried about what others might think? Of whom shall I be afraid? In other terms - of whom’s opinions should I give a fuck about??

So I will continue to ponder. Do I have a lot of problems? Or do I just have one? Where do I lie on the FEAR/LOVE spectrum? Why do I see everything as a spectrum? Am I continuously working toward the LOVE end? Do I encompass the eternal truth or is my mortal mind hallucinating?

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