February at CSLDallas
FROM Fear To Love
We generally think that the opposite of love is hate. This is the name we give the feeling or behavior that manifests when the love seems completely absent. However, spiritual sages of the ages have understood that the opposite of love is not actually hate, it’s really fear.
Love, as Science of Mind defines it, is “Spirit’s self-givingness of Itself into creation.” In psychology, love is described as “a positive regard toward another.” For ourselves, we may feel love as a pull toward and desire to be near someone, something, activity or idea. In every case there is a feeling of connection and the idea that who or what we love is important to us, so important that we are willing to give our thoughts, heart, and engagement to it.
When this feeling is noticeable or palpably absent, we feel disconnected, disregarded, and unwilling to engage or be open., what we then feel is disconnected, unrelated, unwilling to engage or be open. What happens when we encounter a person, thing or idea then? We can easily be catapulted into fear. This becomes fear of “the other” – the stranger or the unknown outcome. When we find ourselves in fear, we tend to shrink, flee, or lash out. It is these feelings and behaviors that are masked with hate.
This month, February, the Love month, we will be inspired by a classic new Thought book by Dr Gerald Jampolsky’s, Love Is Letting Go of Fear. Each week, we explore ways to engage with the unknown, the stranger, the other – in ourselves, in our relationships, and in this world. This work is not for the faint of heart nor for those who are forever seeking to be loved. Loving, in the face of fear, is what it means to be a “lightworker”. To be willing to open our hearts to the stranger, our minds to the unknown, and our consciousness to the idea that nothing and no one can truly be disconnected from the Infinite One – this is to BE LOVE in the World and to bring the presence of Love into every situation. Come on, let’s grow deeper together!
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Love Is Letting Go of Fear by Dr. Gerald Jampolsky
After more than thirty years, Love Is Letting of Fear continues to be among the most widely read and best-loved classics on personal transformation. Both helpful and hopeful, this little gem of a guide offers twelve lessons to help us let go of the past and stay focused on the present as we step confidently toward the future. The impediments to the life we long for are nothing more than the limitations imposed on us by our own minds. Revealing our true selves, the essence of which is love, is ultimately a matter of releasing those limited, and limiting, thoughts and setting our minds free.
Let go of Fear – Join us and reread a powerful classic and/or read for the first time. Embrace it with an open mind and a willing heart and let it guide you to a life in which negativity, doubt, and fear are replaced with optimism, joy, and love.