I am blessed as a Child of God.
As creations of a living God we are entitled happiness. This is God’s Will for us, and we share that will. Thus the unconditional promise of A Course in Miracles that its goal for us is “happiness and peace” (T-13.II.7:1). Anything less is unreal.
God established His relationship with you to make you happy, and nothing you do that does not share His purpose can be real . . . For nothing God created is apart from happiness, and nothing God created but would extend happiness as its Creator did. Whatever does not fulfill this function cannot be real (T-17.IV.1:1, 6-7).
In the world we have made to obscure our identity creation – to love as God loves, without separation – is impossible but happiness is not (T-17.IV.2:1).
Lesson forty of A Course in Miracles aims to introduce us to this joy in a realized way by emphasizing the blessing that naturally inheres in us as creations of a living loving God. What are the attributes of a Child of God? Are they kind, loving, peaceful, quiet, patient and generous?
Then go ahead and apply those attributes to yourself. Know yourself in those attributes. Be yourself in those attributes.
The lesson also steers clear of deep dives into mind in favor of quick and consistent reminders of what we are in truth. These reminders are to take “little time and no effort” (W-pI.40.3:1). We are closer to a pep talk – to being coached by Jesus and the Holy Spirit – than to the psychoanalytic model of healing which the workbook has been emphasizing thus far.
This lesson is an invitation to be fully happy in the context of the dream we made in order to avoid happiness altogether. It asks us to gaze directly at the weak and vulnerable self depicted by ego and challenge it. We are not that; we are something else which cannot be harmed nor asked to sacrifice in any way. The lesson contemplates a direct experience of that “something else” which is, of course, our identity as Children of God.
So lesson forty subtly opens our mind to healing by allowing into the dream a joy and peace that undoes the dream. In essence, we are being asked to surrender the body-bound, earth-bound self to God as is.
This is the little part you think stole from Heaven. Give it back to Heaven. Heaven has not lost it, but you have lost sight of Heaven (T-18.IX.1:6-8).
In this lesson, by accepting another judgment of us, we regain a faint hint of Heaven. We take an enormous stride into the waiting arms of Christ, the light of awareness in which God restores us to the fullness of Love.