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Sep 1, 2010
Buying vs. Burning Korans, Love vs. Fear Public Post

As we approach the 9th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I’m reminded of the simple wisdom contained in Gerald Jampolsky’s classic 1979 book, Love is Letting Go of Fear.

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that isn't working. ...
Fear always distorts our perception and confuses us as to what is going on. Love is the total absence of fear ... a state of clarity in which we discover all minds are joined, that we share a common Self, and that inner peace and Love are in fact all that are real. ...
Attacking always stems from fear and guilt. Instead of seeing others as attacking us, we can see them as fearful. We are always expressing either Love or fear. Fear is really a call for help, and therefore a request for Love. ...
Anything we perceive that does not mirror Love is a misperception. Forgiveness, then, becomes the means for correcting our misperceptions; it allows us to see only the Love in others and ourselves, and nothing else. ...
The unforgiving mind, contrasted with the forgiving mind, is confused, afraid and full of fear. It is certain of the interpretation it places on its perceptions of others. It is certain of the justification of its anger and the correctness of its condemning judgment.

Ruminating on this, and applying it to the fear that underlies International Burn a Koran Day, one might instead choose love, and seek clarity through first-hand interpretation via International Buy a Koran Day or International Read a Qur'ran Day.

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Joe McCarthy - over 3 years ago

Just read a fabulously inspiring post at Tiny Buddha on Love vs. Fear. My favorite: Love ignites, fear incites.