Believing that God wants you to be happy is the first step in your journey to live in the happiness that is God's will for you. As you grasp this belief, you grow roots that strengthen you and the idea that pain has a purpose becomes weakened. Once this false idea is weakened, you realize your only function is happiness and that pain has no purpose.
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.
Quote of the Day
"Healing is the way in which separation is overcome."
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 11, 2013