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2-3-19 – THE LIBERATED HEART: Freeing Yourself from the Past and Breaking the Addiction to Fear
I – “There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”
(I John 4:18 – The Message)
II – “…there’s a philosophy which embraces the concept that love is the only emotion, and that fear is just an illusion…the idea is that when you have a fearful or anxious thought, you should say to yourself, “love did not create this thought, and so it is not real”…it’s an admittedly abstract proposition, but I’m suggesting that you open yourself up to it, at least for tonight…when you’ve tried everything else, you can always count on love to do the impossible…as the Scriptures say, “love never fails”…It’s also been said that whenever you’re afraid, it’s proof that you’ve turned your back on love, and chosen to have faith in the ego…again, the concept is out of the box, but definitely worth consideration…Paul said, “And yet I show you a more excellent way” as a lead-in to his classic love chapter…love is always the more excellent way…As I often say, don’t overthink it, but try this as a spiritual experiment…whatever is going on in your head this evening, tell yourself “if love did not create it, it’s not real”…if nothing else, you’ll have a whole new perspective on your situation, and new solutions may suddenly occur to you once you’re no longer trapped in the fear/anxiety loop…
III – “We sense love, but we don’t believe in it. We save our faith for fear. But ultimately, there is a quiet voice in each of us that longs for something better.” ― Gabrielle Bernstein
IV – “When you evoke fear you set into motion the physiology of stress that accelerates biological aging. You must let go of this fear in order to reverse aging. When we think fearful thoughts we cause our bodies to go into stress. Our heart rate increases, we release adrenaline into our bloodstream and we even change the flow of our blood. Imagine doing this on a regular basis, day after day for your whole life! Fear causes us to exhaust ourselves.”– Deepak Chopra
V – “But giving up fear is like giving up sugar: they’re both sneaky ingredients that hide out in almost everything. And just when you think you’ve got that craving under control, suddenly it rears its not-so-pretty head again.” ― Gabrielle Bernstein
VI – “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
(2 Timothy 1:7 – AMPC)
VII – [meme pic] at 1:12:
Love is what we are born with.
Fear is what we learn.
The SPIRITUAL JOURNEY is the
unlearning of fear and the acceptance
of love back in our hearts.