God, being Love, is also happiness.
Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it. Nor can it be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere. And therefore joy is everywhere as well. Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.
Fear is associated then with love, and its results become the heritage of minds that think what they have made is real. These images, with no reality in truth, bear witness to the fear of God, forgetting being Love, He must be joy. This basic error we will try again to bring to truth today, and teach ourselves:
God, being Love, is also happiness. To fear Him is to be afraid of joy.
Begin your periods of practicing today with this association, which corrects the false belief that God is fear. It also emphasizes happiness belongs to you, because of what He is.
Allow this one correction to be placed within your mind each waking hour today. Then welcome all the happiness it brings as truth replaces fear, and joy becomes what you expect to take the place of pain. God, being Love, it will be given you. Bolster this expectation frequently throughout the day, and quiet all your fears with this assurance, kind and wholly true:
God, being Love, is also happiness. And it is happiness I seek today. I cannot fail, because I seek the truth.
How interesting that Jesus has to work so hard to convince us that it is ok for us to be happy. I have been paying close attention to what is happening in my mind to pull me out of happiness. It is the ego mind insisting that I don’t deserve to be happy, or that it is wrong for me to be happy.
For instance, I will be happy and suddenly start thinking about a customer at work, and different scenarios will go through my mind. I might even have one of those imaginary conversations with him. It is never a good conversation, it seems. Mostly I will be defending myself in some way.
I have to laugh at this, because as I wrote that I realized that none of my imaginary conversations are ever pleasant. They might start out with a thought about someone or something that is somewhat neutral or even friendly, but they will evolve into a problem, and I wind up attacking either myself or the other person. Do other people do this?
Anyway, once this happens, unless I stop it right away, other problem areas or potential problems will occur to me and very quickly the happiness I had felt just moments before is gone. My joy would then be replaced with worry or anger or dissatisfaction. And of course, I did it to myself. I must not believe I am worthy of sustained happiness.
Luckily, I am changing my mind about this. I am watching for the unhappy thoughts, and when I find them, I release them to the Holy Spirit and use the thoughts He gives me instead. I remind myself that it is God’s Will for me to be happy. In fact, His Will for me is perfect happiness. I remind myself that light and peace and joy are in me because He put them there. It is good to know that happiness is mine at all times no matter the apparent circumstances because it is in me. Now there is a happy thought!
I still have those imaginary conversations in my mind, but when I do, I stop them. And if they are attack conversations, I talk to Holy Spirit about it so that I can end that bad habit.