We have been very quiet for the past four weeks, and I thank everyone for your patience. It has been a period of challenge wherein choosing between the Voice for Truth or the voice for fear has not been casual, but an absolute requirement, since the voice for fear has been so aggressive. The choice for peace had to be made daily—even hourly—and still does. But learning is occurring and the choosing is more consistent.
The dynamics of fear, once one engages with them, convincingly misdirect the mind to untrue perceptions of all that is true. Therefore, I guided Paul during this past month to study and contemplate certain passages in the Workbook, including the following from Lesson 151: “All things are echoes of the Voice for God.” I instructed him to use this as his mantra often because the ego always wants to get personal about every lie, suggesting that the thoughts are “his” in a mind of “his own.” The underlying message given to him was that everything was not all right, and he was to blame for “it”—whatever the embellishment it suggested.
This is how the voice for fear managed to distract him for awhile from his natural commitment to Truth and his love for me and what I would have to say—providing every answer to every dilemma that arose . . . and there were many rolling off the surface of the mind, suggesting to him that he had a mind capable of thinking on its own.
This, then, is the fundamental lie hidden in secret under all the personalized guilt-producing distractions: God, being the one and only Mind, has created a son different from the Mind that He is.
And the Truth hidden under all the personalized distractions is: God has only one Son—meaning, created of the one Mind—and not another son who can embody minds many, or thoughts many of other origins, which I have called “mutual agreements.”
The realization that “All things are echoes of the Voice for God” is a shift of perception which triggers the release from fear and lays the groundwork for the awareness—as it says in Lesson 152—that “The power of decision is my own. This day I will accept myself as what my Father’s Will created me to be” . . . instead of what the voice for fear would have me see.
A word to the wise: The voice for fear will always get personal. It will hang you upside down in confusion, like a duck in a Chinese market, ready to be the main dish, 180 degrees from the Truth. Don’t believe the sensations, the morbidity, the discouragement. Choose! Choose your teacher. Decide who your teacher will be and confirm your decision by choosing nothing else! Be relentless, if relentlessness is what it takes.
Paul has been silent in the midst of this mental turmoil, not through neglect or lack of caring, but because fear interfered with clear communication so convincingly . . . but only for awhile. We are grateful for the needs being met during the month of August, and we are grateful to everyone for their continued loving support.
Now it is the 15th of the month and we once again approach the 20th when the usual $5,000 of expenses fall due. Everyone’s help is invited in order to meet this need, and I thank Paul for choosing for his peace so that we might break the silence to let everyone know, and begin to resume our normal activities.
There will be more to share about the learning of the past four weeks, and everyone is invited to join us tonight for this week’s ACIM Study Group
September 15th, 2014
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