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Choosing to Have a Happy Day

How happy would your dreams become if you were not the one who gave the “proper” role to every figure which the dream contains. No one can fail but your idea of him, and there is no betrayal but of this. The core of dreams the Holy Spirit gives is never one of fear. The coverings [forms] may not appear to change, but what they mean has changed because they cover something else. Perceptions are determined by their purpose, in that they seem to be what they are for. A shadow figure who attacks becomes a brother giving you a chance to help, if this becomes the function of the dream. And dreams of sadness thus are turned to joy.

What is your brother for? You do not know, because your function is obscure to you. Do not ascribe a role to him that you imagine would bring happiness to you. And do not try to hurt him when he fails to take the part that you assigned to him, in what you dream your life was meant to be. He asks for help in every dream he has, and you have help to give him if you see the function of the dream as [the Holy Spirit] perceives its function, Who can utilize all dreams as means to serve the function given Him. Because He loves the dreamer, not the dream, each dream becomes an offering of love. For at its center is His Love for you, which lights whatever form it takes with love. (A Course in Miracles, T-29.IV.5-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Think of how joyful your life would be if you perceived everything with the Light of Love. There would be no fear nor sadness. There would be only the happy extension of Love as you join with the Love in your brother and answer his calls for Love with Love. This is what we will experience if we let the Holy Spirit’s purpose replace the purpose we give the figures in our dreams of separation.

Because we believe that we are separate from Love, we believe we have a need to fill the lack of Love we feel. We imagine myriad forms that might satisfy the need we believe we have, but none succeed because the need itself is imagined and therefore unreal. Our only need is to be the Love we were created to be. This is the will we share with God. As we accept the Love we are, joy becomes our companion in all things, always.

Today we choose the Holy Spirit’s purpose as our own because today we choose to have a happy day.

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