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Choosing to Be Happy

We have seen that there are only two parts of your mind. One is ruled by the ego, and is made up of illusions. The other is the home of the Holy Spirit, where truth abides. There are no other guides but these to choose between, and no other outcomes possible as a result of your choice but the fear that the ego always engenders, and the love that the Holy Spirit always offers to replace it.

Think about the many forms the illusion of your function has taken in your mind, and the many ways in which you tried to find salvation [happiness] under the ego’s guidance. Did you find it? Were you happy? Did they bring you peace? We need great honesty today. Remember the outcomes fairly, and consider also whether it was ever reasonable to expect happiness from anything the ego ever proposed. Yet the ego is the only alternative to the Holy Spirit’s Voice.

You will listen to madness or hear the truth. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 66, W-pI.66.7:2-5;9:2-10:1. See also ACIM Lesson 66 Insights.)

The ego is the idea of sacrificing Love to have a separate domain it can call its own where Love cannot enter. Because the world we perceive is a projection of the ego thought system, God is seen as demanding sacrifice. In truth, it is the ego that demands we give up the Love that God has given us. Contrary to the ego’s lies which claim to offer us happiness, it is only God Who can give us true happiness. And He has already given It.

We need only accept the gift that is already ours to know that we already have perfect happiness. Happiness is an inside job. As we are willing to accept the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will learn of the perfect happiness that is already in us. Today we choose to follow the Holy Spirit’s Voice, for today we choose to be happy.

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