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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Lesson 13

A Meaningless world engenders fear.

Today’s idea is really another form of the preceding one, except that it is more specific as to the emotion aroused. Actually, a meaningless world is impossible. Nothing without meaning exists. However, it does not follow that you will not perceive something that has no meaning. On the contrary, you will be particularly likely to think you do perceive it.

2 Recognition of meaninglessness arouses intense anxiety in all the separated ones. It represents to them a situation in which God and the ego “challenge” each other as to whose meaning is to be written in the empty space which meaninglessness provides. The ego rushes in frantically to establish its own “ideas” there, fearful that the void may otherwise be used to demonstrate its own impotence and unreality. And on this alone it is correct.

3 It is essential therefore, that you learn to recognize the meaningless, and accept it without fear. If you are fearful, it is certain that you will endow the world with attributes that it does not possess and crowd it with images that do not exist. To the ego, illusions are safety devices, as they must also be to you who equate yourself with the ego.

4 The exercises for today, which should be done about three or four times for not more than a minute or so at most each time, are to be practiced in a somewhat different way from the preceding ones. With eyes closed, repeat today’s idea to yourself. Then open your eyes and look about you slowly, saying:

I am looking at a meaningless world.

Repeat this statement to yourself as you look about. Then close your eyes and conclude with:

A Meaningless world engenders fear because I think I am in competition with God.

5 You may find it difficult to avoid resistance, in one form or another, to this concluding statement. Whatever form resistance may take, tell yourself that you are really afraid of such a thought because of the “vengeance” of the “enemy.” You are not expected to believe the statement at this point, and will probably try to dismiss it as preposterous. Note carefully, however, any signs of overt or covert fear which it may arouse.

6 This is our first attempt at stating an overt cause and effect relationship of a kind which you are very inexperienced in recognizing. Do not dwell on the concluding statement, and try not even think of it except during the exercise periods. That will suffice at present.

Personal Notes: A meaningless world engenders fear. If I see a meaningless world and fear enters, I become aware that correction is needed, remembering Perfect Love cast out all fear. I can go to God and ask for His vision of what is before me, to shine the light of His love on my mind and vision. Let God’s Truth be written on the page of this day not something the ego would have me see, that would either scare me into being immobilized by fear or go into attack mode, neither of which generate Peace, Love and Unity, and isn’t the later what we seek? I find this exercise for today reminds me to stay vigilant to let Love Rule. Thank you for sharing with me today. Walk in Love my friend.

God is Love

Love is God

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