ACIM Daily Lesson 103 God, being Love, is also happiness.
God, being Love, is also happiness.
ACIM Lesson 103
God, being Love, is also happiness.
1. Happiness is an attribute of love. ²It cannot be apart from it. ³Nor can it be experienced where love is not. ⁴Love has no limits, being everywhere. ⁵And therefore joy is everywhere as well. ⁶Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. ⁷This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.
God is Love and so God is also happiness. Because I was created as an extension of God, that means I am also Love and happiness. I cannot be less than I was created. I cannot be different than I was created. Thus, Love and happiness are in me and there for me to find. That is why I am doing these lessons in which I go within to find happiness.
I had mistakenly thought that happiness was connected to what happens. Since what happens in the world is highly variable, I taught myself that love and happiness must be variable as well. Because of this, I had stopped trusting love and happiness until A Course in Miracles showed me the error in my thinking. My happiness has nothing to do with the world that seems to be outside me.
To Fear God Is to Fear Joy
2. Fear is associated then with love, and its results become the heritage of minds that think what they have made is real. ²These images, with no reality in truth, bear witness to the fear of God, forgetting being Love, He must be joy. ³This basic error we will try again to bring to truth today, and teach ourselves:
⁴God, being Love, is also happiness.
⁵To fear Him is to be afraid of joy.
⁶Begin your periods of practicing today with this association, which corrects the false belief that God is fear. ⁷It also emphasizes happiness belongs to you, because of what He is.
I understand that fear and love are associated. This became very clear to me as I began to realize how this appeared to me in my life. I used to believe that it was scary to love too deeply. I had taught myself that love could be lost and so in order to protect myself, I put up a barrier. My intention was not to keep love out altogether, it was to keep myself from feeling it too intensely.
What I believed was that if I loved greatly, my loss would be great, so it was better not to love too much. In doing this, I learned to fear love. Since God is Love, this fear applied to God as well though I didn’t see it so clearly until I started studying the Course. I suppose the fear of God came first and God being love, fear of love was reinforced. This fear also kept me from being happy. It took a long time for me to let this belief go. Sometimes, I see it trying to find a foothold in my mind again but I am not interested.
I Cannot Fail, Because I Seek the Truth
3. Allow this one correction to be placed within your mind each waking hour today. ²Then welcome all the happiness it brings as truth replaces fear, and joy becomes what you expect to take the place of pain. ³God, being Love, it will be given you. ⁴Bolster this expectation frequently throughout the day, and quiet all your fears with this assurance, kind and wholly true:
⁵God, being Love, is also happiness.
⁶And it is happiness I seek today.
⁷I cannot fail, because I seek the truth.
Over the last couple of days, I’ve become super conscious of thoughts that block the awareness of my happiness. I know it is always there because I was created happy and creation never changes. To keep it in my awareness, I release all thoughts that lead to fear and pain. Those are not my true thoughts and I don’t have to believe them. When I don’t believe them, I don’t want them and so it is easy to let them go.
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