Spiritual students, sometimes, have the misguided notion that because they try to live a loving life, they will be free of enemies. There is a belief that all situations of enmity can be healed. Such is not the case and it serves us well to realise this. These same spiritual students can end up as appeasers. Many situations can be healed by love, however, love is not appeasement. Love is based on courage and carries a great deal of power. Appeasement is weak, automatically disrespected by others, and is inherently powerless. It is the nature of human existence that those who coexist on our planet will have many points of friction.

At some level of awareness, our thoughts are not hidden from others. Most people have an uneasy feeling about someone who is jealous of them. The wise student of life understands the competitive nature of the ego and its inherent capacity for jealousy. Dr. Hawkins would tell his students, “Treat the ego like a pet.” It needs to be controlled but we must not be too harsh with its instinctive, inherited nature. Instead of being jealous, we can choose to align with those we admire and, thereby, learn from them and substantially improve our life. We can replace the tendency for jealousy which is an automatic part of the ego’s make-up with appreciation of others. The troublesome life will then turn into a good life and the good life will turn into a great life.

Courage is the starting point of everything good. To love another is to automatically feed the fire of courage. Everyone knows a mother will do anything to protect her children. Love turns the gentle lamb into a lion. Love gives us a mighty weapon. We cannot be humiliated when we are fighting for someone or something we love. We will not give up when we are fighting for loved ones. We will certainly die for that which we hold dearer than our own life. Do not underestimate the power of one who loves. An enemy who fights for selfish reasons can always be defeated and will have weak spots and limitations. One who fights for love will not concede. As we evolve, those loved ones extend out from one’s family to include all of humanity. We need courage to keep going, to try again, to value ourselves and our destiny. Courage is the basis of greatness. It is also the basis of all growth. No matter who we are or what we must do in life, we will need courage to progress and grow.

All Fear is Fallacious

Courage and confidence will grow over the years with practice and self-awareness. Even the weakest and most scared of us can become brave. One simply has to realise that the alternative is worse. To follow our fears, betray our soul, dishonour our talents, remain silent when a voice is required, and fail to protect those in our care is worse than anything that could happen to us by standing our ground. We are never alone. God will help us. God has all the power of Life and beyond. We learn to have confidence in Grace to save and help us so that, each day, our courage grows. Such is the courage that gains respect from others. More importantly, we gain respect for ourselves.

We do not let fear, worry, hurt or stress deter us from our course. The Divine unceasingly guides and protects us. There is nothing to be afraid of and no grounds for worry. Our greatest protection is to understand that, ultimately, God’s laws prevail. They are love, understanding, peace, health, beauty, kindness, serenity, freedom, and courage. It is not possible to be seduced by the lure of ego-gratification or intimidated by the tyranny of impostors when each one of us is as the angels. We are loved beyond comprehension. So, we must claim our rightful inheritance and live with the confidence of protection.

This article is from The Love of Devotion

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