Today starts off with a great insight and instruction to come to release of fear. To learn how to deal with fear or even to come to fearlessness. Who is not interested in deep knowing when it comes to fearlessness. We read this today in the URTEXT reading that will be available as a podcast soon. This is from chapter 2 of the Urtext of A Course in Miracles. Jesus speaks.
The correction of fear IS your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it isnʹt. You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions which have brought the fear about. This condition always entails a separated Mind‐willingness. At this level, you CAN help it.
You are much too tolerant of Mind‐wandering, thus passively condoning its miscreation. The particular result never matters, but this fundamental error DOES. The fundamental correction is always the same. Before you will to do anything, ask Me if your will is in accord with Mine. If you are sure that it IS, there will BE no fear.
Fear is always a sign of strain, which arises whenever the WILL to do conflicts with WHAT you do.
This situation arises in two major ways:
1) You can will to do conflicting things, either simultaneously or successively. This produces conflicting behavior, which would be tolerable to the self (though not necessarily to others) except for the fact that the part of the will that wants something ELSE is outraged.
2) You can BEHAVE as you think you should, but without entirely WILLING to do so. This produces consistent behavior, but entails great strain WITHIN the self. If you think about it, you will realize that in both cases the will and the behavior are out‐of‐accord, resulting in a situation in which you are doing what you do NOT will. This arouses a sense of coercion, which usually produces rage. The anger then invades the mind, and projection in the wrong sense becomes likely. Depression or anxiety are virtually certain.
Remember that whenever there is fear, it is because YOU have NOT MADE UP YOUR MIND. Your will is split, and your behavior inevitably becomes erratic. Correcting at the behavior level can shift the error from the first type to the second, but will NOT obliterate the fear.