BOOK ONE - YOU ARE SAFE
This is a text for the upcoming ONE SELF TEACHINGS compendium that is due for release in 2019. This particular text is taken from BOOK ONE - I AM YOU. YOU ARE GOD which is a minor update to Story's book 'You Are God. Get Over It!' - UPCOMING BOOK DETAILS.
To feel fear is to not feel safe. It is to feel that you are in danger. To feel in danger is to believe there is something outside of you that is capable of hurting you. It is to believe that your being is in jeopardy. The experience of jeopardy arises from the belief that you are finite. The illusion that something is finite is an aspect of the illusion of duality where the infinite can be seen as fragmented and limited. Fear and danger are therefore products of the illusion. The idea that you are not safe is an illusion. You are God. You are immortal. That which you are cannot be destroyed. Though you may choose to pass through physical death, it is not the end of what you are. Death is a choice that your Godself makes to leave embodiment. Death is but the end of the illusion that you are finite.
When you believe that your story is everything that you are, then change is a threat to what you perceive yourself to be. Fear feels so tangible because your self-identification with your story is in jeopardy. So in terms of what you believe yourself to be, you are in danger; your beliefs are felt to be in danger of changing. To say that your life is in danger is to say that the illusion that you are separate is in jeopardy, because if you die you will discover that you are not separate from anything. The only thing that can ever be destroyed is the illusion. The destruction of illusion only ever results in clarity. This does not mean that all illusions should be destroyed, simply that the destruction of them can never harm what you essentially are. Experience does destroy/transform/change your beliefs, but you are more than your beliefs; they are only the window you are choosing to look through.
If you believe that your body is who and what you are, then it is quite logical to fear it dying. We fear losing anything that we are attached to. Attachment is fear - the fear of loss. To be attached to something is to have identified your being with it. It is to identify it as a part of your story. Attachment is to take an aspect of being and come to believe that without it you are not complete - that you will not be whole. This leads to the fear of how you will be changed if you lose it. Out of this fear of loss you build walls around what you are attached to, in an attempt to hold it close.
Attachment is not love. Mutual love holds things together through a co-created attraction. Attachment is fear based, not love based. However it is not that you should be detached. In relation to the fear of the death of your body, it is not that you should become detached from your body. Detachment is as polarized as attachment, just in the opposite direction. Your body is a beautiful part of the expression of All That You Are in this world. Along with every aspect of you, your body is to be loved. Love your body, but do not attach your identity to it, such that you fear its loss or change. Love your body as the ever changing reflection that it is. Allow your body to be as it is.
People live in fear because they do not believe that they are safe. Attachment is an expression of that fear (an attempt to create a feeling of safety), and as such, is one of the main building blocks of a self-limiting story. Just as we build walls with our fear to keep certain experiences out, so we build walls of attachment (fear of loss) to hold onto things that we have self-identified with. To seek to possess an outward state of being in this way is to deny that you can choose to be any state of being within yourself. To know you are God is to know that you are everything; you are infinite. Only through the belief in a finite supply does the need to possess arise. Only in the belief that resources are limited do we come to compete for them.
The fear that flows from jeopardy is not from an external source; it is a reflection of your attachment to your story, a part of which is your body. If you are afraid of your body dying then that energy is a part of your being, and as such, will in some way be reflected back to you, usually through a perceived physical threat. This is to live within a story that is defined by fear. It is to live within the experience of your fears. That which you fear internally is experienced as something to be feared in your external reality.
To know you are God is to know that all fears arise from the fear of realizing that you are infinite. Our self-preservation instinct fears limitlessness out of the belief that it will destroy our sense of individuality. You are you; that cannot be lost. Nothing can be lost for you are everything. You are a singular individual and you are All That Is; you are the realization into being of this paradox. The only fears that are existent in your life are fears that arise from the unknown change that you will go through on your journey to realizing that you are an embodiment of infinite freedom. Your attachments are your denials of your Godhood - your wholeness, your safety, your unity with all things, and your limitlessness.
The ways in which you deny that you are God, that you are love, are expressed as fear. To experience your unity with all life is to know that all that is outside of you is you. To know you are everything is to know that there is nothing to fear. You are completely safe as you are the source of your fears. Your choice of story is the root and expression of your fear. Do not fear yourself.
There is no external force that is seeking to harm you. There is no danger ‘out there’. There is no ‘out there’. It is all you and you are love. You are God. You are safe. To realize that you are God is to realize that all your fears have only ever been projections of your denial of your Godhood, arising from the belief that you are separate, alone, and finite. All fear is a part of the illusion of duality. You have only ever hurt yourself through believing that you can be hurt. This was not a mistake. It was a wonderful experience - an exciting roller coaster ride. But now, as you come to see through the illusion, so you see through to the safety that you are. The foundation of allowance flows from knowing you are safe. It is to know you are the creator and to trust that you will not hurt yourself.
Safety is not an external condition; it is internal. When we are in fear we build walls around us, fearing what is ‘out there’; believing there is something that will hurt us if it gets the chance. We imprison ourselves out of the belief that our prison will keep us safe, when all it does is cage us in with our fear. Nothing in life has caged you but your own fear. All that limits you is of your own creation. You create limits to protect you from what you fear. What you fear is being limitless.
If you feel fear rather than safety, then that fear will be reflected in your unfolding experience. The more you let the unknown into the known the more you will transform your fear into safety. Let go of the idea that facing your fears needs to be a painful experience. Though we do not generally like the experience of fear, we identify with it because we believe that it protects us. Through a belief in danger, fear is seen to keep us safe. We believe that to be without fear will lead us to hurt. This is how fear maintains itself. Fear is no more than the fear of the unknown.
As you connect back into the realization of your divinity, and come to identify your beingness with your Godself rather than your story, fear will fade from your reality. You will come to live in a world where you feel safe to be who you are. Foster this feeling of safety within your being; it is your Godself. To allow yourself to feel safe is to allow yourself to feel that you are God. God is safe.