What are the benefits of meditation?
It is as it is. (Eckhart Tolle)

Perfect love casts out fear. (A Course in Miracles)

The opposite of love is fear. Fear is darkness, love is the light. Darkness cannot exist in the presence of light.

Imagine your physical self—your body and mind in this space and time—is like the inside of a wooden box sitting in the field on a sunny day. You have been taught your whole life that boxes should stay closed, so you are locked tight. It is dark inside. Nothing comes in and out. You are bored, hungry, thirsty, and afraid of what exists outside the familiar dark space.

You believe that there is a big world out there, filled with sunlight, fresh water, beautiful sights and sounds, and delicious food…but you cannot see it, feel it, hear it, taste it or drink it. It is all around you, abundant, but because you are closed it feels out of reach. You are in a state of lacking, and it is only because you have chosen darkness and locked out the light.

We have been taught, conditioned since a very young age, to stay in this darkness. We are told that, if we do what we are supposed to, one day we will be rewarded. That day never seems to come, and when it does we don’t know how to enjoy it from within the darkness.

To awaken is to just open the lid. The warm sunlight shines through and the darkness of fear melts away in an instant. Now you can see, hear, taste, and touch all of life and you realize that it is all here for you. There is nothing to fear because there is no lack of anything when you are open.

Fear arises from separation. Separation is the belief that you are on your own, incomplete, disconnected from the oneness of everything. In this state, you believe that there is something you need that you lack. You were taught separation—we all were. But it is unreal.

How can you be separate from others when we all share the same consciousness? When you find out that you are consciousness, which is the same thing as love, which is the same thing as freedom, which is the same thing as oneness, which is the same thing as abundance, which is the same thing as God—then you realize that you already have everything because you already are everything. Nothing in the physical realm of form matters anyway, and so there is nothing to fear. Unlock yourself, open the lid, and accept all that comes. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

“All aspects of fear are untrue. You made fear, and you believe in what you made. It is true for you because it was made by you.” -A Course in Miracles

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