Lesson 48: There is nothing to fear
In Lesson 48 we learn that all our fear - despite everything going on in the world - comes from our choice for the ego. And we can make a different choice.
Clearly it seems like we have much to be fearful about. A virus is rapidly spreading around the world. Many people are sick, out of work, and dying. Economies are dropping. It can feel very terrifying.
But it’s terrifying because we have chosen the ego as our guide.
While this lesson is quite brief, the lines below are so incredibly calming. The instant we are willing to turn away from the ego and to the right mind of spirit, there is indeed nothing we need to fear.
Lesson 48: There is nothing to fear.
W-pI.48.1. The idea for today simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true.
W-pI.48.2. Today's practice periods will be very short, very simple and very frequent. Merely repeat the idea as often as possible. You can use it with your eyes open at any time and in any situation. It is strongly recommended, however, that you take a minute or so whenever possible to close your eyes and repeat the idea slowly to yourself several times. It is particularly important that you use the idea immediately, should anything disturb your peace of mind.
W-pI.48.3. 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 weakness. The instant you are willing to do this there is indeed nothing to fear.