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How to Be a Happy Learner

Damnation is your judgment on yourself, and this you will project upon the world. See it as damned, and all you see is what you did to hurt the Son of God. If you behold disaster and catastrophe, you tried to crucify him. If you see holiness and hope, you joined the Will of God to set him free.

How foolish is it to attempt to judge what could be seen instead. It is not necessary to imagine what the world must look like. It must be seen [with Holy Spirit’s vision] before you recognize it for what it is. You can be shown which doors are open, and you can see where safety lies; and which way leads to darkness, which to light. Judgment will always give you false directions, but vision [true perception] shows you where to go. Why should you guess?

There is no need to learn through pain. And gentle lessons are acquired joyously, and are remembered gladly. What gives you happiness you want to learn and not forget. It is not this you would deny. Your question is whether the means by which this course is learned will bring to you the joy it promises. If you believed it would, the learning of it would be no problem. You are not a happy learner yet because you still remain uncertain that vision gives you more than judgment does, and you have learned that both you cannot have. (A Course in Miracles, T-21.in.2:1-4. I.2-3. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego does not trust the Will of God, because it believes God’s Will demands sacrifice. But this is the ego’s projection of its own demand for sacrifice. The ego cannot conceive of giving all without limit because it is the choice to believe in limitation. While we identify with the ego, we will not trust the vision offered us by the Holy Spirit in our mind.

It is this lack of trust that makes the message of the Course difficult to accept. It seems that accepting the happiness that is God’s Will for us would require sacrifice of our identity — the ultimate loss, perceived as death. Yet accepting God’s Will for us is the restoration of our true Identity and the end of the false identity made by the ego.

The Holy Spirit is our Friend, though the ego perceives It as enemy. If we want to be truly happy, at peace and complete in the Love of God, we need only accept the Self God created one with Him. The practice of bringing all our perceptions to the Holy Spirit, with willingness to accept His vision, will lead us to remember we are forever at Home in God’s joy.

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