My thoughts* on ACIM Urtext Lesson 323 for 19 November 2023. I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

Debra (Debi) Yvonne Simmons
4 min readNov 20, 2023

I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

* As a child I was told by unseen lady to go through the people in the hall that terrified me. “They will not bother you.” With my first step, the terror left me and though I carried the fear I knew I could walk through it and not be harmed. (I have no ability to see these unseen ones today that I am aware of.)

* At 51 years of age, I had an experience that told me that “going through the fear was not enough.” I had to walk in faith trusting Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit to guide and protect me, period.

* At 60 years of age, I felt as if I walked a foot and a half above the ground so that I could see over the top of the confusion that held the world in a matrix I did not want to participate in.

* In 2020 I found the Atonement that set me free and continues to reorganize my understanding of existence.

* Absolute faith in the Trinity that is God establishes the ONLY truth I choose to recognize as Reality. I trust the Universal Plan in the capable hands of Jesus and others who will see that the confusion has an end as soon as possible.

* I will NOT give energy to fear. However, I pay attention to feelings of unease and trust that I am being guided away from such environments or personalities.

* Mentally, I understand that all confusion is not real because it is not of God. Therefore I look to the teachings of Jesus and the promptings of the Holy Spirit to guide me, as a part of the Son of God, back into the Light that is the Presence of the Father.

1. Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of Your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy.

* This will take a different amount of time for each of us depending on what our role is in the Universal Plan, our particular personality, and so on. You can also trust that accepting the Atonement sets you free from all guilt and responsibility for the belief in separation from God while giving you the responsibility to clear out your psyche of the habits and addictions that you have grown accustomed to while in the mindset of separation from God.

* You can trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you to greater understanding, “line upon line” just as He has done for Jesus.

²Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.

* I am grateful that I was able to meet the two crucial elements of emotion fear, and love, head-on with the faith of a child where I had to choose to believe in the “unseen.” I have no imagination to understand how it might be to do so as an adult. Though I am still learning how to express this in our separated states.

* I do know that those who chose as children to embrace fear, and the angry suffocation of hate, have little ability to overcome the pattern as adults because of a DETERMINED CHOICE to not exercise faith in the possibility of a better way.

* Only you can change your mind. God will simply NOT force you.

2. And as we pay the debt we owe to truth, — a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely — truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy.

* This is the undoing of habits and addictions to false precepts we have accepted within the mindset of the possibility of separation from God.

* It does bring joy and an undisturbable peace.

²We are deceived no longer.

³Love has now returned to our awareness.

⁴And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.

* I cannot explain the delight and comfort that this brings!

* And how life becomes a puzzle that carries no sting of guilt, remorse, or threat.

(ACIM, W-323.1:1–2:4)

I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

1. Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of Your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy. ²Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.

2. And as we pay the debt we owe to truth, — a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely — truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy. ²We are deceived no longer. ³Love has now returned to our awareness. ⁴And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.

(ACIM, W-323.1:1–2:4)

Till next time, God bless, debi.

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Debra (Debi) Yvonne Simmons

Atonement, His (Christ’s) Story, Three Temptations: Addiction, Power-Hunger, and Depression, “Seeing” Truth in the “Unseen”, Living Above the Chaos C U there :)