Thursday, February 25, 2016

The spiritual life entails a decision to clear away the blocks to our awareness of Love's presence

I am studying Chapter XIII today in A Course In Miracles. This is the chapter entitled "The Guiltless World," and the section I am studying is section V which is "the Two Emotions."

In this section is written:

“I (Jesus, who is the narrator of the Course) have said you have but two emotions, love and fear. T-13.V.1:1

And then at the end of this Section V, it is written: “You have but two emotions, and one you made (fear) and one was given you (Love). Each is a way of seeing, and different worlds arise from their different sights.” T-13.V. 10:1-2

In reading this section of ACIM, especially these last two verses of the section, I am struck again about how we have a choice: to focus on and operate from fear, or to aware and appreciate what we have been given, Love.

It is written in the introduction to the Course that "It (the Course) does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love's presence, which is your natural inheritance."

In living the spiritual life we clear away and avoid the drama of the ego plane which are the blocks to the awareness of love's presence. In order to do this we have to choose what we would have, fear or Love. The best way to make this choice is to gift ourselves with silence whenever possible. Silence helps us achieve perspective, objectivity, and decrease our emotional arousal so we can respond to the option before us and not just react.

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