Lesson 102

I share God’s Will for happiness for me.

You do not want to suffer. You may think it buys you something, and may still believe a little that it buys you what you want. Yet this belief is surely shaken now, at least enough to let you question it, and to suspect it really makes no sense. It has not gone as yet, but lacks the roots that once secured it tightly to the dark and hidden secret places of your mind.

Today we try to loose its weakened hold still further, and to realize that pain is purposeless, without a cause and with no power to accomplish anything. It cannot purchase anything at all. It offers nothing, and does not exist. And everything you think it offers you is lacking in existence, like itself. You have been slave to nothing. Be you free today to join the happy Will of God.

For several days we will continue to devote our periods of practicing to exercises planned to help you reach the happiness God’s Will has placed in you. Here is your home, and here your safety is. Here is your peace, and here there is no fear. Here is salvation. Here is rest at last.

Begin your practice periods today with this acceptance of God’s Will for you:

I share God’s Will for happiness for me, and 
I accept it as my function now.

Then seek this function deep within your mind, for it is there, awaiting but your choice. You cannot fail to find it when you learn it is your choice, and that you share God’s Will.

Be happy, for your only function here is happiness. You have no need to be less loving to God’s Son than He Whose Love created him as loving as Himself. Besides these hourly five-minute rests, pause frequently today, to tell yourself that you have now accepted happiness as your one function. And be sure that you are joining with God’s Will in doing this.

 

Journal

It’s easy to think of happiness as the effect of something that is happening in the world. When everything is going the way I think it should I feel happy. But that is not the happiness Jesus is thinking about. It is not perfect happiness because it shifts and changes with circumstances. He is telling me that peace and joy abide in me because God put them there.

Since God put them there, it must be God’s Will that I be happy. This means that I can always be happy if that is my will, because creation is eternal and unalterable. If I am not happy, then it can only be that my will is to be something else. How odd that I would deliberately choose unhappiness.

In a way, I could say that I choose to be unhappy just to prove a point. I suffer therefore I am. Really, isn’t that what the ego is about? Ego is a thought system that allows me to experience myself as different than I am. Jesus has told us that we are powerful and strong, that we are part of God and like God in every way. He has said that we are holy, free of all limits. He says we are safe and cared for, that we are love and are loved. We are part of All That Is.

The ego says that we are alone and part of nothing. Our life is one of competition with every other thing. We compete for jobs, for money, for love, even for food and the necessities of survival. The ego is set up to be sad and afraid and guilty. We see our self as weak and vulnerable and a victim of the world. None of this is true, but simply a choice we made and make again in every moment. What is the point? Maybe we started out with a goal in mind, a purpose to this madness, but surely we are through now, and ready to return to reality.

These lessons are designed to help us wake up. In these lessons we are being told that we are something entirely different than we made of ourselves. And most importantly, we are being given the chance to return to that reality. We are being given all that we need to remember and to return our awareness to the Divine Beings that we are.

There are some things I remind myself of every day. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. There is nothing my holiness cannot do. Creation is eternal and unalterable. I am and forever will be exactly as God created me. God is Love and therefore so am I. Light and joy and peace abide in me because God put them there. I remind myself of these things often, because I am beginning to remember this Self and I don’t want that memory to slip away from me again.

Today, I ask the Holy Spirit to tap me on the shoulder when I drift into the ego mind. It is easy to tell the difference between ego and truth because they are so different. I have chosen ego so long now that it is like driving on a road with deep ruts. I can avoid those ruts by choice, but for awhile I must pay attention and keep my awareness on my driving, or I will slip back into them.

And so it is with these lessons in happiness. I have made deep ruts in my mind from living as ego. Now that I have made a choice to live an awakened life, I must protect that choice until I become used to it and it starts to feel natural. I must pay attention and notice when I have fallen back into the old ego life of pain and suffering, and decide differently.

Usually, I notice my emotions and if I am not happy, I look at my thoughts. Am I worrying about something that might happen? Am I regretting something from the past? These are the ego thoughts that pull me back into the illusion and rob me of happiness. I choose happiness instead, reminding myself that God is still Love and this is not His Will, nor is it mine. My desire for happiness instead of ego is the permission the Holy Spirit needs to restore my mind to its natural state of peace and joy.


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