Fear of Fear

11/1/99

Fear of Fear

Ever since the Course In Miracles was published it seemed that the term “fear based” has been thrown around with reckless abandon. Ever so often I receive a comment that the Song of the 144,000 is fear based because the word “protection” is included.

To insinuate that the fine people saying this song are doing so out of a base of fear is, I believe, a judgment in the negative sense. I know that many want to stay away from judgments, especially negative ones, so I would like to say a few words about the Song so critics will cease judging me and others (who enjoy the wording of the song) as acting from a base of fear.

First Verse:

We thank you Father that you have revealed to us your protective universal light;

That within this light is complete protection from all destructive forces;

That the Holy Spirit of Your Presence permeates us in this light,

And wherever we will the light to descend.

This is different from the wall of light that Jennifer accurately wrote about. Seeing a wall of light can project some separateness (not necessarily fear). Instead, the Song calls for a revelation of the Universal Light of God which is already omni-present. The Light is here already, we just need a revelation to become aware of it. A high enough awareness of this light brings “protection from all destructive forces.”

Then willing the “light to descend” can transfer some of your awareness of the Light to another who is linked to you through Love.

The second verse reads:

We thank you Father that you fill us with your protective fires of love;

That within this love is complete protection from all destructive thoughts and feelings;

That the consciousness of Christ is lifted up in us in this love,

and wherever we will the love to be enflamed.

Light can be revealed, but Love is a creation in duality among various life forms. In the void of complete oneness there may be peace but there is no love. Love is a creation similar to fire in rubbing two flints together and can only exist where there is more than one. Love is the attractive force between two or more lives. In the case of the Song it is the attractive force between the higher and lower self. When our lower self allows and wills this attraction, the God within then responds and the fires of the inner Love are manifest. When they are manifest to a high degree there is then created “protection from all destructive thoughts and feelings,” for such thoughts and feelings flee when such love is present.

The word “protection” seems to be a thorn in the side to many, as if protection is always a fear based thing. In answer to this I ask:

Is it fear based to wear a raincoat to protect you from the elements?

When you come home in the evening and your house is on the cold side, is it fear based to turn up the heat to protect you from the cold?

Is it fear based to steer your car down the road to protect you from crashing into other cars?

Silly, isn’t it? If protection is fear based then there is no way for us to escape fear for we all desire protection in many ways.

We do not build a beautiful home (that protects from the elements) out of fear, but common sense people do it for the positive goal of more abundant living.

To see any word in our language as a fear-creating thing is to generate a fear of fear. This brings to mind the famous quote of Roosevelt: “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

This phrase was revealed by the Brotherhood to Napoleon Hill who gave it to the President.

If we eliminate the fear of fear then the fear of words will disappear and then we can use even words such as “protection” to our advantage.

It is over zealousness that sees the Song as fear based unless one is personally saying it in response to some fear of fear. But even if this is the case, in many instances, the Song will reduce, rather than increase fear.

Copyright by J J Dewey

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