Fear of the Unknown: Part 4

by William R. Yoder on March 22, 2011

Leaping into your truth

Leaping the good leap

The unknown is not all that unknown

(Click here to read this series from beginning) So, back to our fear of the unknown. From a perspective of one-power, you realize that your fear of the unknown is simply a signal that you are temporarily holding a belief in two-powers—because a two-power belief is the source of every feeling of fear.

From a one-power perspective, you still never know exactly what is going to happen next. But what you do know is that there is only one power and that power is love. So the true content and essence of what happens next will be good. It may be obviously good, and it may be an opportunity for growth disguised as a challenging situation. But it will always be an opportunity for ever-expanding good, because there is no other power besides love. So you don’t let fear drive you, and you don’t let fear hold you back. You recognize that all fear is merely a reflection of your temporary doubt in the power of love.

Oh no—a leap of faith? So what, you’re always leaping.

But isn’t all of this a tremendous leap of faith?  Yes of course it is. But believing in two powers is just as much of a leap. At the level of your core belief, you will always be leaping. Because it’s the very foundation of all your other beliefs and thoughts, there’s no further beliefs you can appeal to. But not all leaps are created equal.

Some leaps allow you to know, others don’t

When you fully embrace a belief in one-power—in whatever language you express this for yourself—you open yourself to a radically different kind of experience, even if only for a brief time. And you know—not think or speculate, but know—that this new kind of experience is true. There is an immediate deep certainty that this new level of experience is the very truth of who you are.

True, or merely idealistic?

When you are in a thought system of fear and conflict, all this talk about one-power and love and inner certainty and truth seems very idealistic and speculative. Yes, you say, it all fits together logically, but that doesn’t mean it’s truth. All sorts of clearly untrue beliefs of hatred and prejudice have been defended by logic.

But when you have actually chosen to fully believe and live the principle of one power, you experience its deep truth for yourself. It’s not that this belief somehow “describes” ultimate reality—because ultimate reality, whatever it may be, is not the sort of thing that can be described. But this belief undoes your inner obstacles. It changes the openness of your awareness, and allows you to become aware of the presence of love.

You have to find out for yourself.  But you can find out!

But you find this out for yourself only in making and living that belief choice. Your starting point is to recognize that the belief in two-powers you are already believing and living is also only a belief choice. And that belief is the source of all of your experience of good and bad that seems to validate the belief in two-powers.

Your experience of good and bad does not “validate” or “justify” your belief in two powers.  Your experience of good and bad is merely the reflection of your belief in two powers.

How’s your current core belief working out for you?

So you’re already making a choice of a possible core belief. And how’s that working out for you? If you’re not as happy and peaceful and loving as you would like to be—as your can imagine being—then you might want to try another choice. That’s ultimately what free will is all about. In every moment, you get to choose either fear or love. And you know which you are choosing by how you feel. Happiness is your guide on your journey of awakening, of allowing yourself to be aware of the presence of love.

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peter May 22, 2011 at 4:48 am

what does love mean?


William R. Yoder May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

That’s the important question, isn’t it Peter. In the context of The Happy Mind, I talk about “love” as the source of all things. Ultimately, there’s no way to accurately define love. As A Course in Miracles says, “The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.” Love is something that you can be aware of, experience, know, become. But not a something you can pin down and capture in words.
Now all that being said, some words are more helpful than others for opening our minds to the direct experience of love, the truth of all being. The words that I find helpful are the words I used to discuss the principle of one power: “the infinite eternal creative potential for ever-expanding well-being.”
Obviously, this will make more sense only in the context of the principle of one power. I wrote a series of posts on that principle that you might find helpful. (Click here to read this series from beginning)


peter August 15, 2011 at 3:30 am

thanks for your reply,therefore it could be the feeling of be-ing the magic of that I’am&(all that is)that is,I feel you are so connected to this love,thanks,peter!


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