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Lesson 101: Perfect Happiness

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Last year’s writing on today’s lesson: God’s will for me is perfect happiness. Woo-hoo!

Perfect Happiness

Perfect Happiness

Perfect happiness can’t be built on the suspicion that punishment will be extracted sometime in the future for our “sins”.  God is Love.  His will for us, for me, is happiness.  The only way this works is through the radical concept of sinlessness.  “There is no sin,” says this lesson in A Course in Miracles.  I don’t’ know about you, but for me this is a huge, huge relief.  I will gladly let others off the hook if it means that I am off the hook.  Not that I’m this terrible person or anything, but let’s face it, we’ve all done things that we wish we could take back.  We’ve all had our less-than-glorious moments; moments that fill our shame buckets and make us want to hide our heads.

Except, there is no sin.  Which means, I can forgive myself my less-than-glorious moments; I can drag them out into the light and learn from them and then let them go.  God’s will for me is perfect happiness.  Salvation doesn’t mean that we have to pay for our sins (our “sins” are their own punishment for most of us).

What a relief it is to know that I owe no accounts to God.  It is terrifying to think, “The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form that evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.”

But God is Love, the game is rigged and I weep in joy to know this.

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
This is the truth, because there is no sin.

How joyous is this lesson: God’s will for me is perfect happiness!

Lesson 101

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.

Today we will continue with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as penance for your “sins.” This is not so. Yet you must think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God’s Son can sin.

If sin is real, then punishment is just and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot be purchased but through suffering. If sin is real, then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for. For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find them somewhere, sometime, in some form that evens the account they owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will pursue, and they can not escape.

If sin is real, salvation must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.

Who would seek out such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? Why would he try to listen and accept Its offering? If sin is real, its offering is death, and meted out in cruel form to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born. If sin is real, salvation has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have crucified His Son.

You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. Accept Atonement with an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have made a devil of God’s Son. There is no sin. We practice with this thought as often as we can today, because it is the basis for today’s idea.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought in feverish imagination. Say:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin; it has no consequence.

So should you start your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these thoughts will introduce into your mind.

Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you lay upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. Today escape from madness. You are set on freedom’s road, and now today’s idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to the waiting goal of peace. There is no sin. Remember this today, and tell yourself as often as you can:

God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
This is the truth, because there is no sin.

 

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Today, I gladly escape from the madness of thinking sin is real.  I don’t want sin to be real.  I want the world to be healed through unfettered love.  I am so much happier dancing around in guiltless love, in a world where NO ONE is a sinner.  I do not want or need to extract punishment from anyone.  I wish only for the world to be healed and I will gladly take my place in seeing the sinlessness in even the seemingly guilty to make this truth my reality.  I will bless the murders and the rapists and the thieves.  I will see past their pain to their sinlessness.  I will do my part to help heal the world.  Gladly, gladly, if it means that I too am off the hook.

It’s a relief to think that I am so loved that I don’t need to worry about paying for my sins.  It is a relief to know that God’s will for me is perfect happiness.  Gladly, gladly I give up my need to make anyone else wrong or bad.  Gladly I will love them if it means that I too am free of needing to escape the punishment my guilty ego thought was owed me.

God’s will for me is perfect happiness.

Let the dancing begin!

Namaste, my friends, Namaste

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