Lesson 103

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.

 

Journal

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!

2017

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.


2 Comments

rosemarie tropf · April 12, 2016 at 11:30 am

I had to laugh Myron when you said, “Does anyone else do this?” I assume that was rhetorical but I felt like putting my hand up in a classroom and saying, “Yes, I do that all the time and so does my friend and her friend and her friend too.” LOL The ego is so similar to everyone. I was trying to explain ego the other day and I said it’s kind of like a blanket of clouds hovering over the planet and we are all under that blanket that is full chock full of negative energy that we feel as unworthiness, self hatred and pain. I liked that analogy. My analogy tells me that cloud passes through over our mind if we let it, and if we practice mindfulness meditation as Myron does now, we can pop up above that cloud by listening for Holy Spirit instead. We in the Course are learning how to pop up above the dense cloud for short periods of time because that blanket is so thick, so dense and it weighs us down because we agree with it and we agree it’s there and it’s the dense fence that stand between us and God. That dense blanket of clouds/fog/pain is the barrier that creates the separation between us and God. That dense blanket is made up of beliefs such as we are not Sons and Daughters of God. So we are on the right track I think to thinning out the denseness of the cloud by practicing the course and in the quantum field others are benefitting from our persistence and Love. We may not be perfect at it yet but we are the pioneers at removing the blanket so others coming up behind us will have an easier time of it until one of them is the exact spark needed to remove it. and that’s my opinion today. 🙂 When we can consistently pop up and see above the blanket we feel God’s Love and experience that as real happiness as the lesson says today. We just need a new belief system to thin out the dense bank of clouds to see the Sun. Thank you Holy Spirit. Thank you Myron for your honesty and generosity in sharing daily with us so we can help thin out that dense blank of clouds that blocks the Light of God.

    Sissy · April 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I AM Removing that blanket of clouds now . The sun is shining & u feel nothing but happiness.

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