The mystery explored…
COULD ALL OF OUR FEARS
BE NOTHING BUT FICTION?
As regular visitors here know, I have been serializing here an updated version of a small booklet that I wrote a while ago addressing questions being asked by people all over the world. What is happening here? Why has the world gone insane?
I have added to my booklet a word-for-word copy of the statement I issued the day after the 9-11 attacks on the United States. I believe that many of the observations I made then remain meaningful and applicable today.
It is my desire that as many people as possible have an opportunity to absorb this material, so I will continue to excerpt it in this space until the entire document has been published here.
Those who do not wish to wait to finish the document as each new installment is posted here may access the document in full, downloading it at no cost here.
Here is the next installment:
A WORLD IN TURMOIL: How we can respond – Chapter Six
Now that we grasp at last why what is going on is going on, we are ready to pick up Tool #4: Changing Emotion.
Conversations with God tells us that emotions are things we are choosing. They are not foisted upon us, but rather, are selected by us. We can choose to experience whatever emotion we wish.
I know it doesn’t seem that way, but it is that way—and Masters know this.
Conversations with God says that everything begins with either Love or Fear. Every thought, every word, every action. Nothing opens us wider to the wonders of life than Love, and nothing paralyzes us faster than Fear.
Yet Fear is a fiction.
I want to say that again, because it is the basis of everything you need to understand as you move through your life, and everything you need to know as you seek to change Fear into Excitement.
Fear is a fiction.
It is not real. It is something you are making up in your Mind. It is a false emotion; a counterfeit feeling; a distortion, rooted in a deep misunderstanding. In truth, there is only one emotion, there is only one energy, there is only One Thing That Is.
“All things are One Thing,” says Conversations with God. “There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing That Is.”
Emotion is nothing more than energy in motion. Hence: E+motion. There is only one Energy, thus, there is only one Energy in Motion all the time.
The human word we have given for that one Emotion is Love. That is why Conversations with God says: “Love is all there is.”
If this is true (and it is), then Fear, as a separate emotion, does not exist. It may exist as an experience, but not as an emotion.
There is only one emotion
The experience of Fear is the emotion of Love, distorted. That is another important statement. It, too, deserves repeating.
The experience of Fear is the emotion of Love, distorted.
All Fear is an expression of Love.
Once you understand this, you will know how to deal with Fear—-because, ironically, you will no longer be afraid of it. It is your fear of Fear that gives Fear its power.
It is as U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt famously said: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
If you embrace Fear, if you welcome it and hold it close, it has no power. You literally love it to death.
This is, in short, how you are going to turn your Fear into Excitement. And this process is all a function of the Mind.
It is your Mind that turns Love into Fear, and it is your Mind that will turn Fear into Excitement. Your Mind can turn anything into anything! That is its magic. That is the Magic of the Mind.
Okay, let’s get to some clarifications; let’s move to some deeper understandings.
I have said, “All Fear is an expression of Love.” How can this be possible? you may ask. How can this be true?
Well, let’s look at that.
If you did not love yourself, would you be afraid of anything happening to you?
If you did not love life, would you be afraid of losing it? (People who hate life—people who, for instance, are in abject misery or unremitting pain—are not afraid of losing life at all. In fact, they welcome it.)
If you did not love others, would you be afraid that they might fall into danger?
No. You would not care, you would not worry. Only Love causes you to be afraid. Absent Love, Fear is not.
So you can know with great certainty that if you are in fear, you are in love.
The trick is to not let the love that you feel turn into the fear that you are very able to experience. You can turn this trick by using the Mechanics of the Mind.
That famous acronym
So we begin with this clarity: Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. That is a famous acronym that everyone in the so-called New Age Community has heard over and over again. Yet my experience has been that very few spiritual teachers explain it fully.
Very few tell us what the false evidence is that is looking so real. This false evidence is so powerful that it produces a thought—a thought that is then made real.
I have said that your Mind can turn that which is not real into that which is real, and this is true.
Your Mind is able to do this because it does not deal with what is really real, it deals with what you think is real. Indeed, it tells you what to think. It does this all the time. It is supposed to do this. That is its function.
No one ever explained this to me in school. No one told me this in church. My parents never said anything about it to me at home. I never got this information anywhere.
Your Mind is telling you what to think, based on the evidence at hand.
I was raised knowing nothing of this not because the adults around me didn’t want to tell me about it, but because they didn’t know it themselves.
Unless you took a course in clinical psychology, you could spend an entire lifetime knowing nothing about the Mechanics of the Mind.
CWG has made it clear to me that we are all living in an Illusion. As I am fond of saying, we have fallen down the rabbit hole and the Mad Hatter is pouring tea into a cup with no bottom, all the while telling us that what is “so” is not so, and that what is “not so” is so.
And we believe him.
We believe him.
What we were not told by that rascal in the rabbit hole is that nothing we see is real. The “evidence” that is “false” is the appearance of things.
That’s it! That’s the false evidence that appears real.
When we look at something, we think we are seeing what we are looking at. Yet we are not seeing what we are looking at, we are seeing our interpretation of what we are looking at. This is why two people can look at the same thing and describe it in two entirely different ways.
(I’ll never forget how shocked I was when I read an article about myself in People magazine. In the story it said, “Walsch lives in a mansion on the outskirts of Ashland, in Southern Oregon.” I lived at the time in a three-bedroom home with a den on the lowest level and a two-car garage that I had converted into an office. The reporter and I were looking at the exact same house. I never thought of it as a “mansion.”)
We have been thrown into an environment (the Realm of the Physical) in which everything exists relationally. That is, things appear to be what they appear to be because of the relationship they hold to other things.
The only place where we can see things in their entirety, and thus Know Completely, is in the Realm of the Absolute. This realm can only be accessed by being there.
This is not as difficult as it sounds, for there is a part of us that IS there, all the time. We call that part of us The Soul.
Our job, then, is to access the Wisdom of the Soul. We can do this in any number of ways. Meditation is one of them. Prayer is another. Focus is a third. Stillness—that is, simply stopping what you are doing for only a moment and being quiet with yourself, is a fourth. And there are other ways, as well, to move into the awareness of the Soul.
That could be the subject of an entire booklet unto itself—or even a whole section of a major book. In fact, it is. The System of the Soul is described in considerable detail in When Everything Changes, Change Everything. So I am not going to go into that here, but rather, recommend that book to your reading.