This exercise helps us understand that God, love and happiness work together to help you live in the joy that God has created for you. As you practice understanding God as Love, you experience happiness. As you learn to welcome happiness in all situations, you replace fear and pain and begin living as you have been created to live.
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:
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:
"The Course speaks of 'shadow figures' we bring with us from our past. It tells us that we tend to see no one as they are now. We keep blaming someone in the present for something someone else did in the past."
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Published on January 01, 2008