We are back from Munich, Germany after a five-day seminar and, as in all seminars, much was revealed. We have been curious about how, as we grow older, we seem to become less courageous; if we don’t examine our lives, we end them in a state of fear and worry. The older we get the more concerned we become about our finances, our health, our family; it is as if the fear grows.
Most of us experience fear. Fear comes from a deep belief that we live in a dangerous and inhospitable world that we must defend against. However, if we look deeper we see that our fear is in truth a product of our attack. The extent to which we fear other people or situations is the extent to which we have attacked them. While we may not have attacked them physically or by deeds, we have attacked them in our thoughts. The more you look at this, the more you realise the truth of it – our fear is a product of our attack and we attacked first . . . though on the surface we make it look the other way around. If we want to live in a peaceful world it starts with our peaceful mind.
In Munich we were again reminded of this dynamic. This time, the fear was created by thoughts of self-attack. It was a timely reminder of the effects that our thoughts of self-attack have on our world, and how blinded we are to the link between our thoughts of self-attack and fear.
The greatest problem we all face is how much we attack ourselves for everything – our physical bodies, our mistakes, for not being superman or superwoman. A Course in Miracles names this as our biggest trap, and goes on to say that if one of us truly gave up our self-attack this could save the world.
Our self-attack hides our gifts. In fact, when our levels of self-attack increase it is usually when our gifts are most available to us. Self-attack turns all our attention inwards and then we miss the opportunity to help the people around us. Our self-attack and fear therefore stop us reaching out.
If you are experiencing fear today in any situation, what is the self-attack?
“I am . . . . . . . . ., and . . . . . . . . ”
Instead of focusing on the self-attack, who is it you could reach out and help today?
Now imagine reaching past your fear and self-attack towards this person. You might call them or see them, or just energetically reach out to them.
This principle will help turn the experience of old age away from fear towards contentment and peacefulness; we could allow ourselves to receive the rewards of who we are rather than beating up on ourselves and others.
Today we could give up self-attack and start saving ourselves.
Jeff and Sue