A Course In Miracles teaches that there are only two ways of seeing in this world. Through the eyes of Love which is God or through the eyes of the ego which is fear. What you call dark forces, I would call ego misperception. Since God is only Love and God is all there is, anything that is not of God cannot really exist. Yes, it looks and feels real and can be very distracting when we are experiencing it, but if we remember that it isn’t God and therefore is only a harmless illusion we can take our power back and choose to see this through God’s eyes. When we look at everything with God and lift up all fear and darkness to Him, He then can shine His light into the darkness and show us it is nothing.
Remember no matter how it looks, no matter how it feels, no matter how it manifests itself, in your body or in your life, IT IS NOT GOD. If it were God you would be peaceful and filled with love. God is only Love and God is all there is. And so when you call it names like a dark force, or when you see dark faces coming at you, you must believe that whatever this is, it cannot harm you and it cannot interfere with God’s Love that lights you from within. If you can, smile gently at the faces and ask silently, “How can I help you?” Then lift them up to God so He can make the correction from fear into Love. Since you are clearly a visually sensitive person, visualize light around the faces and then visualize them fade into the light and disappear. And then visualize something beautiful like a garden or a rainbow or whatever you find beautiful in this world, a snowy mountain top, a green park with children playing on the playground. You are a writer with a wonderful eye for beauty so choose your place or space and see that instead of the darkness.
The ego is simply a mistaken thought system that we made up to separate ourselves from God. It didn’t work, of course, because we do not have the power or the ability to separate ourselves from our Source, but we can certainly believe that we have. What you are experiencing right now is either your own ego energy trying to distract you or the ego energy of others or a combination of both. I always believe that the fear is mine and in that way I know I made it up and so I can let it go. It often gets so strong that I am tempted to think it is separate from me and outside of me, but I remind myself that there is nothing outside of my mind because I am God’s Creation and there is nothing outside of the Mind of God. Either way, you have the power to choose God in this and free yourself of this experience. GOD’s LOVE IS ALWAYS MORE POWERFUL THAN FEAR.
A Course In Miracles teaches that the only way to weaken ego’s hold on us is to look at it and calmly say, “Oh, there it is again. Fear is back. So what’s new?” and then surrender it. What I do after I remind myself that it isn’t real is to ask God to help me see this through His eyes. Then I can smile gently and let it go. Sometimes it hangs on for a while after I have surrendered it, but then it fades and disappears into love. Of course it will come back and I will have to repeat the process. We must understand that we have accumulated a lot of fear in this lifetime and in past lifetimes. We aren’t going to eliminate it without some work. But at least now we can recognize it as harmless and an illusion and choose God each time that fear arises.
When we are on a spiritual path, ego gets a bit more persistent. It understands that we are releasing our attachment to fear and that makes it more fearful. Without fear the ego cannot exist. It will try to keep our attention and the more we turn to God, the more it wants us to see it instead. But now we can see the ego’s persistence as a good thing, because every time fear arises we are given another opportunity to see what pushes our buttons and where our weaknesses lie. It is only when we are willing to look directly at the fear, understand it is nothing and then surrender it that we can ever be free of it.
Remember, there are only calls for love and extensions of love. A call for love is any brother or sister who is experiencing fear in any form. And if a brother or sister calls for love, it is our function to extend love and as we extend love to another so do we offer it to ourselves. As I offer these words to you, so am I choosing to see my fears another way as well. And thank you for reminding me of what God is teaching us every moment, we are here to be happy and peaceful and joyous and loving. We have no other purpose because that is how God created us. Together let us extend love to the faces and the fear you experience. We are the light of the world and twisted faces and dark forces cannot interfere with that. The laws of God transcend the laws of the world and the laws of dark forces. Now our Love has washed away all fear. God’s Light has shined away all dark forces.
Now, envision yourself as healthy and strong in mind and body. Feel what perfect health would be like and allow yourself to experience the joy of perfect health. Do this any time you think of it and be sure to do this at night before you fall asleep and again in the morning when you awaken.
REMEMBER: FEAR IS NOT REAL! ONLY GOD IS REAL! I CHOOSE GOD NOW AND IN ALL THINGS. And then simply be grateful. Let gratitude flow over you like syrup over pancakes, like sunshine over shadow, like crystal spring water over rocks, like Love from a healed heart.