Can you feel love and fear at the same time?
I often make the distinction that you choose either fear or love and you cannot experience both at the same time. Feeling fear or love could be the judgement you use to know if you have made an inner decision for the Teacher of love or the teacher of fear. (T-4.IV.8:6)
Many people use the example of tuning into one of two channels on a radio station to illustrate the idea of choice. You cannot listen to the two channels at the same time. You can change quickly between the channels but what is on one channel is not on the other.
Is love’s channel only sweetness, light and positive affirmations?
When you start to tune into the channel of love you might find the teacher of love is helping you to look at your unloving thoughts, so that they can be forgiven. So it is possible that fear may come up while listening to love’s channel! What a nasty trick! Why not just tune back into fear’s channel? And the temptation is strong because the ego tries very hard to make fear’s channel not fearful but entertaining and distracting.
But the experience of fear on love’s channel is different and it’s optional.
“We are ready to look more closely at the ego’s thought system because together we have the lamp that will dispel it, and since you realize you do not want it, you must be ready. Let us be very calm in doing this, for we are merely looking honestly for truth. The “dynamics” of the ego will be our lesson for a while, for we must look first at this to see beyond it, since you have made it real. We will undo this error quietly together, and then look beyond it to truth.” T-11.V.3-6
When you listen to love’s channel you know you are not alone and there is an awareness of purpose. There is a sense of dis-identification with the fear and of being an observer. Love’s channel will always have a lightness and a connection to your true Self.
Love’s teacher will never ask you to look at thoughts you are not ready to look at. There may be a level of fear but only because you have made fear real. In the process of looking at the fear it dissolves and only love remains.
Eventually the channel of love will be a pure silent experience of a love that is beyond description.