A Meaningless World Engenders Fear
Ah, now this is one of my favorites. I guess because it’s true. The really valid quote from this lesson is:
If you are fearful, it is certain that you will endow the world with attributes that it does possess, and crowd it with images that do not exist.
So back to Fox News, I will keep using Fox News as an example because at this point it is simply a fear manufacturing machine. It definitely makes people fearful. These people then project fearful images that Fox has provided onto the world. These images are illusions, but they are frightening illusions. Therefore the world has become a terribly frightening place for people who watch Fox news. Keep in mind that 90% of all television programming is meant to be frightening in some way, shape or form. When you look at this programming, it gets into your psyche. You are frightened by it, and then have frightening ideas about the world. Television isn’t the only way we come across fear ideology, really fear based ideology is everywhere in the world, which makes it a very difficult ideology to unsubscribe from. The fear ideology is tenacious, in our experience. But the goal of this lesson is to recognize that, and begin undoing that.
So today, two reflections. You look around the world and you say to yourself,
I am looking at a meaningless world.
Next, you close your eyes and conclude that:
A meaningless world engenders fear because I think I am in competition with God.
Today, the Jesus commentary regarding the lessons was interesting. The lessons will change your consciousness; and I agree if you do them to quickly, or flippantly, your personality could be destabilized, because the Course attempts to walk you through an unlearning of many concepts that the personality or Ego is built upon.
But here is some really practical advice, for today and this lesson. If you don’t want to feel fear or anxiety, for the love of God, don’t pay any attention to any of the fear manufacturing machines that we have at our disposal.Don’t watch the news. Don’t watch fear-inducing entertainment (which most entertainment is). Watch your fearful thoughts, and as soon as they arise, remind yourself of Lesson 10: you thoughts do not mean anything…and as you follow the lessons, 11- My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world, and 12 I am upset because I see a meaningless world, and arrive at the current lesson 13 - A Meaningless World Engenders Fear.
Slowly we are undoing the fear based ideology, with these last four lessons. Remember that. The point of these lessons is to rid your mind of fear. Now isn’t that a lovely concept? A fearless mind is a highly productive one.
See ya tomorrow!