A Course in Miracles Lesson 141

My mind holds only what I think with God.

Forgiveness is the key to happiness (Lesson 121).
Forgiveness offers everything I want (Lesson 122).

The happiness envisioned by A Course in Miracles is not the happiness of getting what we want and getting rid of what we don’t want. Rather, it is the quiet and sustainable contentment of one who know they cannot be apart from Creation, much less their Creator.

Confident in the knowledge that they are wholly innocent and can only create in the image of their Creator, miracle workers rest easily in imperturbable joy. Their happiness is immune to the comings and goings of the world, and it cannot be contained by – though it can be expressed through – a body.

Forgiveness – which is seeing clearly the innocence of all Creation, and knowing that sin is impossible – is the foundation upon which this natural happiness is built. Forgiveness reflects a mind that does not seek conflict but the end of conflict, and that wants to serve its brothers and sisters, not defeat or neutralize them.

For those still in the thrall of ego, this would be impossible. Therefore, the Holy Spirit becomes our indispensable ally, teaching us how to recognize thoughts which bring happiness and peace, and listening only to them.

This is easy when we remember that our minds in truth are not apart from God’s Mind, and therefore hold only the thoughts that we think with God.

Our learning process then must include contemplative silences in which we listen to the Holy Spirit, and are led by its gentle clarity to the thoughts we think with God in the Mind we share with all life, beyond the constraints of time and space.

Today, we offer that silence and contemplation to our brothers and sisters, that we might remember together the happiness that God promises us through Forgiveness, which is the great expediter of salvation.

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