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Choosing a Better Way

You are my goal, my Father. Only You.

Where would I go but Heaven? What could be a substitute for happiness? What gift could I prefer before the peace of God? What treasure would I seek and find and keep that can compare with my Identity? And would I rather live with fear than love?

You are my goal, my Father. What but You could I desire to have? What way but that which leads to You could I desire to walk? And what except the memory of You could signify to me the end of dreams and futile substitutions for the truth? You are my only goal. Your Son would be as You created him. What way but this could I expect to recognize my Self, and be at one with my Identity? (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 287, W-pII.287. See also ACIM Lesson 287 Insights.)

The goal of remembering our Identity in God is the goal for happiness, because God’s Will for His Son is perfect happiness. When we identify with the little self image the ego offers, our goal is unhappiness because it is the denial of our unity with God. The best the ego can offer is empty images that seem to offer temporary happiness. But because these images are not real, we soon realize that the seeming happiness they brought is based on nothing.

The ego’s answer for this dissatisfaction, which comes with this realization, is to send us on a fruitless search for some form it tries to convince us will make us happy. None of these empty images can offer us anything but the pain of loss and guilt. Eventually everyone comes to the point of no longer tolerating this pain. This is a turning point that sets us on a search for a better way.

A Course in Miracles offers us a better way. It offers us a means to forgive ourselves for choosing a false identity in place of the Identity God gave us in creating us as His Son. Beyond the image of a body is our true Self, united with all as God’s one Son.

Today let’s join together in choosing a better way, a way that leads to eternal happiness, peace that cannot be disturbed and the blessing of God’s eternal Love. Let’s choose to let the Holy Spirit help us forgive our vain imaginings and remember God.

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