A Course in Miracles Lesson 160

I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.

This lesson suggests that we are willing aliens in our home home. Fear arrives, asserts itself, argues it is what we are in truth, and we believe it. And believing it effectively makes it real. And so we believe we are lost – to our home and to our own self, whom we have rejected at fear’s insistence.

Fear is the foundation of ego. It threatens attack and demands defense. It allows no peace but forever generates conflict, insisting that we have not brothers but at best temporary allies and at worst blood enemies who must be killed if we are to live.

Fear’s message is terrifying, and we have fallen for it. Look around and behold the world that fear has made – does it not include war? Nuclear weapons? Dying coral reefs and starving children? Isn’t happiness made of shifting sands?

The miracle teaches us that none of this happened. Fear did NOT render us homeless. We only dreamed that it did. And though the way back to happiness and peace may seem difficult, our return is sure.

Yet is your Self as certain of Its Own as God is of His Son. He cannot be confused about creation. He is sure of what belongs to Him . . . He does not know of strangers. He is certain of His Son (W-pI.160.7:4-6, 8-9).

We experience this certainty as our own when we seek it in our brothers and sisters. That is the theme of this current block of lessons: we are each the other’s savior.

You will not remember [Christ] until you look on all as He does. Who denies his brother is denying Him, and thus refusing to accept the gift of sight by which his Self is clearly recognized, his home remembered and salvation come (W-pI.160.10:4-5).

Today’s lesson becomes a happy mantra offered in gratitude. We are home, sure of what we are, and confident in our Creator’s love. Fear is alien to us – a way of seeing that we no longer accept because Christ’s vision has taken its place.

When we hold this idea in our mind, then it becomes easier to look as Christ looks and to see what Christ sees. This is reminiscent of Lesson 75.

Today the real world rises before us in gladness, to be seen at last. Sight is given us, now that the light has come (W-pI.75.4:4-5).

Gratitude and willingness join forces to clarify our mind, rid it of fearful thoughts and fantasies, and bring forth the light in which we the real world greet us as saviors, one and all. We are telling the truth about our self today, and live in its healing light.

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