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The Path to Perfect Happiness

I do not know what anything, including this, means. And so I do not know how to respond to it. And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now.

Those who remember always that they know nothing, and who have become willing to learn everything, will learn it. But whenever they trust themselves [alone], they will not learn. They have destroyed their motivation for learning by thinking they already know. Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace, for peace and understanding go together and never can be found alone. Each brings the other with it, for it is the law of God they be not separate. They are cause and effect, each to the other, so where one is absent the other cannot be.

Only those who recognize they cannot know unless the effects of understanding are with them, can really learn at all. For this it must be peace they want, and nothing else. Whenever you think you know, peace will depart from you, because you have abandoned the Teacher of peace. Whenever you fully realize that you know not, peace will return, for you will have invited Him to do so by abandoning the ego on behalf of Him. Call not upon the ego for anything; it is only this that you need do. The Holy Spirit will, of Himself, fill every mind that so makes room for Him. (A Course in Miracles, T-14.XI.6:7-9;12:1-13:6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego is personally insulted and threatened by the idea that it does not know what anything means. It realizes that if we seek only the Holy Spirit’s guidance and understanding in all things, it will have lost its home. The ego will no longer seem to exist.

Whenever we think we know how to solve any problem on our own or understand anything, we are maintaining our identification with the ego. But we are not the ego. This is a central message of the Course. The Holy Spirit’s lessons in forgiveness all help us realize that we are not the ego and let it go. It is through forgiveness that we welcome peace into our minds.

Judgment denies peace. Any effort to allow ourselves to accept peace opens the way to Holy Spirit’s guidance. All He needs is our willingness to accept His help. If we want to be happy, we must let go of needing to be right by the ego’s dictates. The Holy Spirit will always lead us on the path to perfect happiness and peace. It is the way to our true Home.

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