There is nothing to fear.
This lesson is a neat counterpart to the one that preceded it – actually, to the whole sequence of “God is” lessons that preceded it. I’ve written that the subtext of all those lessons is that the separation never occurred. We are now as we have always been wholly united and one with God. Whether it’s seeing God’s strength as our own or God as the light in which we see, the objective is always to recognize that fundamental unity. Lesson 48 is sort of broad over view in the simplest terms possible: there is nothing to fear because we are created by God.
But significantly, when we are afraid it is a sure sign that we are not accepting our identity in God. We are accepting the ego’s view of what we are – and so we are effectively trying to see in the dark, or forgive without love, or – hardest of all – to rely on our own strength.
The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear show that somewhere in your mind, though not necessarily in a place you recognize as yet, you have remembered God and let His strength take the place of your weakness (W-pI.48.3:1-2).
One of the interesting aspects of applying the lessons in a diligent and sincere way is that sooner or later they start to become default modes of thought. Filling your mind with ideas like “there is nothing to fear” or “this need not be” begins to happen on its own. A challenge arises and you don’t see it as problem you have to solve, but as a chance to apply some principle of A Course in Miracles. This is a natural result of practice. But is also the growing awareness – even if we can’t precisely identify it as such and even if we aren’t ready to believe it yet – that we are already healed and one with God.
It’s as if we reach a stage where we’re not divested of the ego – and we’re not having that nothing-but-absolute-joy experience – but we’ve accepted that sooner or later both those things are going to come to pass. The ego will fade as we continue to withdraw our belief in it, and the fullness of our mind will slowly dawn, erasing both the fracture and the fragment we believe is our only due.
Lesson 48 is sort of swoop high above the workbook, a chance to look down and – with a simple but powerful statement – declare both our goal and its meaning. If we are one, what is there to fear? There is nothing else out there. If we are perfect then we have no needs and if we have no needs then nothing can be take or withheld from us. What is there to fear?
Sooner or later, we’re going to stop fighting the lessons and accept the simple truth. We’re home with God and we never left. We know this – or suspect it at least. So why not make it happen – the big wake up – now?