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“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”
What I am learning from today’s lesson is that happiness is always within me. Happiness is in the Christ Mind, which is my real Mind. In order to find the Christ Mind, the only real Mind, I need to learn to pass by the little thoughts and foolish goals of the ego mind. I need to practice going deep within with one intent and that intent is to open up to the truth — what is real — the Christ Mind.
The Christ Mind carries the feeling of deep peace, deep joy and deep happiness. It does not fluctuate, but is constant. There is no change and no differences. It steadily radiates happiness. It sees that Love is everywhere, that Love is all that is. This Source of Love within me is my anchor, my support, my source of giving.
This is my part in God’s plan for salvation. The peace and joy I feel and extend is contagious. This is how I can be helpful. Being in this place of peace is my most important goal. I cannot extend peace and happiness unless I receive peace and happiness, and I receive peace and happiness by giving peace and happiness. Giving and receiving are the same.
What is my intent? Do I want to make separate minds with separate bodies real or am I open to be a part of reversing this mad belief? Continuing to practice going to this sacred place in my mind is how my mind is healed. This is the only way I am able to fulfill my part in God’s plan for salvation.
Today I saw images of citizens dancing in the streets of Bagdad, celebrating their freedom from tyranny. That symbolizes what we feel inside when we let go of our allegiance to the tyrannical role of the ego. The ego is the idea of limitation and so it ‘rules’ by limiting. When I shift my allegiance from the ego to my true Self, I shift from the loss and sacrifice and death demanded by the ego to the perfect happiness and perfect peace given me by God.
We do not need to attack the ego to subdue it. In fact, such an attempt simply strengthens the ego’s perception, because the ego becomes strong in strife. We only attack what we think is real.
The ego has no defense against the joy and peace of God, for what is nothing can have no effect on what is everything. My part in God’s plan for salvation is simply to accept His gifts and demonstrate my acceptance by letting His gifts radiate through me to embrace all. It shows by the smile on my face, the happy laughter and the unshakable peace that is mine to give as I accept God’s Will for me, as I accept perfect happiness.
There is a passage in the Bible that says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Today’s lesson is talking about that. I was created as an extension of God’s Love, which magnifies His Love. But if I deny that Love, this magnification is not seen or recognized. As I learn to accept my Self as I was created, Love extends through me. That is how I know the perfect happiness that is His gift to His one Son, the Self I share with everyone. As I open up to and express the joy of God, I magnify His Love. This Love reaches out and touches the Love in the hearts of everyone, whether or not they recognize that the Love is in them.
Today I dedicate to remembering to accept the joy and peace of God and let it shine through me so that I can take my place in God’s plan for salvation.
This lesson says that God’s will for me is perfect happiness. Realizing this gives me a huge amount of willingness to stay focused on this journey to peace, because if God wills happiness for me, it’s just a matter of putting my part in it. My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation. Today I choose to do God’s will for me and be happy. I know that in that happiness I will know peace, know love, know my true Self; the Self that my Heavenly Father created, the Self that is always in my mind if I set myself aside from the insanity of this world and join with the Holy Spirit.
As I prepare myself for today, I surrender myself and ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help keep me focused on today’s lesson. Thank you, Father; thank you, Holy Spirit. Amen.
It all seems so simple. God loves me. He wants me to be happy. Being happy is my only job here. The only thing keeping me from being happy is my decision not to be. The way to change that is to forgive this decision and to open my mind to Holy Spirit so He can show me another way to see.
It is amazing to me how resistant I am to this process. One thing that has changed over the last couple of years is that I am more determined to succeed. I really want this. I may not want it to the exclusion of everything else, but that will come because I want it too much to quit trying.
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