This is an essential reminder. We do not put light on the darkness, or holiness on guilt. In doing so, we make the darkness or guilt real. Instead we offer these to the light/holiness so they may be transformed.
Further down: Yet God can bring you there, if you are willing to follow the Holy Spirit through seeming terror, trusting Him not to abandon you and leave you there. For it is not His purpose to frighten you, but only yours.
This is what we are afraid of, that no matter what the challenging situation we are facing that there would be some cruel joke on God’s part where He leaves us to figure it out for ourselves in our isolation from Him. This was my own line of thinking in my life especially as I grew older and matured because I learned to handle life myself because no one was there to assist me. I had to do it all. And not only that, if I had trusted someone, they instead lied, cheated, hurt or slapped me in the face in some way. So why trust another, and why trust God?
So I learned through my practice of ACIM to trust God implicitly. Yet, I still can be visited by these old patterns if I have an experience that is similar to my past. I may trust God but where I need to do my personal work is on trusting others for those I have (not all) have forsaken me. But is that true? You see, this is where the practice comes in. I have to question everything with the Holy Spirit because He will reveal the truth to me.
I do not have to face the circle of fear alone. I sail through it to the other side WITH the Holy Spirit, not me captaining the ship myself. I know I can be bull-headed at times and want to steer the ship, but He knows where we are going and He knows I really do want to go where He is heading. I release the wheel and let Him pilot. The Circle of Light is a glad exchange for the circle of fear.
This teaching I offered in 2014 is on this entire section. Watch on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YanO0ZrY-y8
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