Defenselessness – safety lies in laying down our defensiveness that only masks our fears and keeps a wall between us. Defenses do what they defend against and though they are always justified, they only justify the fear of attack the ego feels. Laying down defenses brings openness, brings peace, and brings innocence and safety where there was fear and danger before. We are dismantling the walls we built to keep ourselves apart.
- “Defenselessness is strength. It testifies to recognition of the Christ in you. Perhaps you will recall the text maintains that choice is always made between Christ’s strength and your own weakness, seen apart from Him. Defenselessness can never be attacked, because it recognizes strength so great attack is folly, or a silly game a tired child might play, when he becomes too sleepy to remember what he wants.” W 153.6
- “You have not lost your innocence. It is for this you yearn. This is your heart’s desire. This is the voice you hear, and this the call which cannot be denied. The holy Child remains with you. His home is yours. Today He gives you His defenselessness, and you accept it in exchange for all the toys of battle you have made. And now the way is open, and the journey has an end in sight at last. Be still an instant and go home with Him, and be at peace a while.”
- “It is not danger that comes when defenses are laid down. It is safety. It is peace. It is joy. And it is God.” M – 4.VI.1.11