‘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 an 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.
If sin is real, salvation must be pain. 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. Who seeks out such savage punishment?
You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe will come from sin will never happen, for it has no cause. God’s Will for you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering is causeless. Say:
God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin, it has no consequence.
So much of religion is based on sin. Christians believe that we were born in sin and therefore have to spend our lives paying penance for something this course is actually saying never happened. All my life I’ve been told happiness has to be earned, by being good, by doing good deeds and refraining from bad ones. Things the course calls mistakes were described as evil, wicked, naughty, spiteful, and were punished as a means of correction.
I’ve never, until now, seen happiness as a right. Never accepted that I was born happy and that happiness it is my natural state when all the layers of ‘sin’ and punishment are scraped away. God’s will was never to ‘suffer the little children’ to come unto him. Suffering is instilled at an early age, and to be happy you must first do your share of suffering is what I was brought up with. Maybe this was part of your upbringing too.
Even after going through the course once, it’s still a profound lesson. I am finding new levels of happiness as I let go of residual guilt, guilt that I do not deserve to be happy because of some of my recent actions. In letting go of guilt I find I’m also letting go of judgements. The two go hand in hand for me. I can only judge in others the things I think I would/should feel guilty about if I did them.
I spoke to a friend today about happiness coming from the inside, and things that happen on the outside are only reflections of the inner happiness. The lessons must be creating an internal shift because much is showing up in my outer world for me to be happy about.