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Choosing the Teacher of Happiness

The ego’s plan for salvation centers around holding griev­ances. It maintains that, if someone else spoke or acted differ­ently, if some external circumstance or event were changed, you would be saved. Thus, the source of salvation is constantly per­ceived as outside yourself. Each grievance you hold is a declara­tion, and an assertion in which you believe, that says, “If this were different, I would be saved.” The change of mind necessary for salvation is thus demanded of everyone and everything except yourself.

God’s plan for salvation works simply because, by following His direction, you seek for salvation where it is. But if you are to succeed, as God promises you will, you must be willing to seek there only. Otherwise, your purpose is divided and you will at­tempt to follow two plans for salvation that are diametrically op­posed in all ways. The result can only bring confusion, misery and a deep sense of failure and despair.

Ask Him very specifically:

What would You have me do?
Where would You have me go?
What would You have me say, and to whom?

Give Him full charge of the rest of the practice period, and let Him tell you what needs to be done by you in His plan for your salvation. He will answer in proportion to your willingness to hear His Voice. Refuse not to hear. The very fact that you are doing the exercises proves that you have some willingness to lis­ten. This is enough to establish your claim to God’s answer. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 71, W-pI.71.2;5;9:2-10. See also ACIM Lesson 71 Insights.)

The ego has a million plans which it claims will make us happy or safe. It does not tell us that all it is doing is substituting an illusion of safety or happiness for an illusion of unhappiness or danger. The ego’s purpose is to keep us in a closed loop of illusions by convincing us they are real.

The Course is teaching us, “Don’t believe the ego’s lessons.” It is teaching us to follow God’s Guide to salvation. He has given us His Teacher in our mind to help us overlook the illusions to see the certainty of our unbreakable connection with God’s Love. Here is where we know with certainty that harm is impossible and Love is our Reality.

The daily, moment-by-moment practice of letting His Guide direct our thoughts and perceptions frees us from the ego’s closed loop of illusions. We choose to follow His plan today.

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