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29. The cause of fear

Reality, truth, power, will and causation always go together. Wherever you assign reality, you are also assigning all the other complementary properties. God in his grace, is real and true and has unlimited will and power and causation. If God, as the premise or starting point of "what exists" is in general GOOD, then thankfully that implies that goodness is. . .

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28. Inadequate bodies induce shame and fear

"Perhaps there is a fear of failure and shame associated with a sense of inadequacy. " "As long as you perceive the body as your reality, so long will you perceive yourself as lonely and deprived. And so long will you also perceive yourself as a victim of sacrifice, justified in sacrificing others. " If there is some way that you are. . .

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27. Admitting you don't want to wake up

Let's take a moment to recognize where we are AT, rather than where we think we should be. Although it may be increasingly obvious, in theory, what the truth is, it can be tougher to actually want to experience the reality of that truth. And most of us are still somewhat bound to wanting the things of this world, the. . .

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26. Trust vs Fear

When you are afraid, it is because you do not trust. Or more specifically, you trust the ego and yourself alone, rather than trusting God. You always trust something, whether it be reality or illusions. When you trust in your own strength you become afraid because this cuts you off from God's strength. And the fact is that your real. . .

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25. The self-justifying lie of fear about God

"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. " When you are in your true self, there is no fear. When you deny your true self, you enter into a state of fear. In the state of fear, it seems there are "things to be afraid of". It would even reason that you are afraid of your true self. But if. . .

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24. The two emotions - fear and love

There are really only two modes of functioning of which you are capable. It really does boil down to a simple "this or that" decision. Either you are in love, or you are in fear. Love has only one nature, but fear masquerades as an untold number of illusions. All of them are fearful and they represent egotism. But they. . .

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23. Ego rebounds and not wanting to wake up

When I write or read ACIM stuff, after a while I'll start to feel upset. I may feel overwhelmed, or agitated, even hurt, and might feel like I want to cry. It's almost like someone just said a whole string of lies about me. I look at what part of me feels this way and I acknowledge what it is. . .

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22. The perfect choice

"Real choice is no illusion. But the world has none to offer. " Whenever you are presented with a choice in this world, you'll find it always entails an impossible situation. It's not "you" that is making choices difficult, it is the nature of the world. "It is the world you see that is impossible. " Option A will offer something which. . .

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21. There is no sin, guilt, fear, sickness or death

"There is no sin. Creation is unchanged. " "There IS no guilt in you, for God is blessed in His Son, as the Son is blessed in Him. " "There is no fear in perfect love. " "In the real world, there is no sickness, for there is no separation and no division. " "There is no death because what God created shares His. . .

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20. Fear is the opposite of love - all fear must go

Jesus redefines the meaning of fear. It is not some mere feeling that you have. In fact, He teaches that fear is the opposite of love. Love is essentially equated with the entire Kingdom of God and the nature of Creation. So fear really is another word for "the entire ego thought system. "   Fear is the idea of love's. . .

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19. Fear of nothing

Fear is always a fear of something that does not exist, is not happening, has not happened, and you cannot overcome. You can do nothing about the things you are afraid of, because they do not exist. You can't change them, because they're not there. You can't oppose them or go up against them because they're not there. In fact. . .

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18. When you can't help someone

When someone becomes afraid, they also become resistant to being helped. The fear and victimhood is really a choice to deny and resist the truth, and so they do not want the truth. This can make the situation very difficult if you're trying to help someone because they literally do not want to be helped, even if in the victimhood. . .

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17. Overcoming fearful attack thoughts

Yesterday was quite a breakthrough. After making a video about immortality and writing a long post about how fear is self attack, Holy Spirit invited me to "practice" the ideas during a visit to a doctor. Usually at these visits (for another person) I pick up all kinds of anxiety and have reactions and fear thoughts. So what I did. . .

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16. Fear is an attempt to hurt yourself and deny your immortality

"All forms of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions of the FEAR of awakening. " Fear is not "just fear". It's not just "an emotion". It's not just "one thing". It's not just "a reaction". Everything that fear appears to be, it is that, and it is not that. There is much more happening that isn't obvious. Fear is the. . .

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15. Its time to surrender (again)

Surrendering is always a great way to let go, give up ego resistance and settle into being guided. It allows you to admit to the truth and stop pretending. It's a way to dissolve denial and get to the real root cause behind things. It helps you to sink deeper into the Holy Spirit and allow yourself to be helped. . . .

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14. Learning to teach only love

Learning to teach only love

In all encounters with people, you have basically two ways of relating. Either you will give love, or you will withhold love. When you give love, you are in alignment with the Golden Rule, and recognize that the only strategy that will work without hurting yourself is to love the person. In so doing, you become empowered by that love,. . .

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13. Death is the fear of awakening

"All forms of sickness, even unto death, are physical expressions of the fear of awakening. "   This really is inescapably clear. Jesus is literally saying that PHYSICAL death - of the body - is symptomatic of a FEAR that you have, of waking up.   That means every person who produces a dead body, ONLY does so because they are. . .

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12. Fear is trusting in your own strength

From lesson 48: “There is nothing to fear. ””The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God, and let His strength take the place of your. . .

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