Perpetual joy is possible

How can we believe that constant joy is possible? What about a job loss or divorce?  The death of a friend or parent?  Even getting cut off in traffic or losing a billfold affects our attitude.

The Course asks us to do a passionate overhaul of how we think.  Fortunately, the overhaul is easier to do than imagined.  All that’s required is to develop the understanding that “nothing really matters” because this experience is merely an illusion.  Regardless of how a situation looks, it holds no command over us.  The cynical among us will call that denial; however, those who wholeheartedly try to will experience it as joy.
But how can nothing matter?  Let’s remember that we’re on a mission in this life.  Our experiences are simply learning opportunities.  They are meant to teach us, not control how we think or who we are.  We are completely in the care of God through the presence of the Holy Spirit in every situation.   Joy is our prerogative.

The decision to let whatever happens to be simply noticed, nothing more, frees me.  I am able to do exactly this today if I so choose.

Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course, Karen Casey Ph.D

 

 

 

 

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As we see our Oneness with God, we heal the world.

If we have always been One with God, why must we see this fact anew, now?  Our Oneness is as elusive as this world is illusory.  Let’s continue to practice attentiveness anyway.  Each time we catch a glimpse of our real connection to each other and God, we feel safe, at peace and complete.  This feeling, when expressed to others, fosters peace in them as well.  The world is healed by the acknowledgment that we are One.

If seeing our Oneness makes us peaceful, why don’t we hang on to this idea?  Do we really favor agitation?  There is no satisfactory explanation.   The ego isn’t logical and it’s at fault.  What we can be sure of is that any feeling we harbor that isn’t peace has not been fostered by the Holy Spirit.  If our assignment is to heal the wold, we’d better figure out how to stay in touch with the Holy Spirit.  This isn’t all that hard.  A simple request  for It’s presence to be known is all we’re asked to do.

MY CONTRIBUTION TO HEALING THE WORLD RESTS IN MY DECISION TO SE THE SPIRIT EVERYWHERE TODAY.

Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course, Karen Casey Ph.D

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Joy and Peace are Natural

If joy and peace are natural feelings, why do we feel fear and anger so frequently and easily?  The culprit is ego.  It likes to keep us in it’s power; it relishes the separateness it makes us feel.  Our vulnerability is always exposed when the ego is in control.

How do we find natural joy and peace?  The Course says we don’t have to look for them.  They are present when we are open to the love of the Holy Spirit.  There is only one choice we ever need to make, and that’s whether to rely on the ego or the Holy Spirit regarding the many details of our lives.

This seems almost too simple.  In fact, those among us who have been students for a while say it is simple.  Life is only difficult when the ego is leading.  Otherwise, it flows smoothly, free of barriers, making us happy and serene every step of the way.

Why would we ever choose to follow the ego when the Holy Spirit is just as close?  We’ll never have a definite answer.  We don’t really need one.  Just being aware of our inclination to follow one rather than the other may keep us on the safer course.

IF I’M NOT JOYFUL TODAY, I HAVE TAKEN THE WRONG PATH.

I DON’T HAVE TO STAY ON IT, HOWEVER.  Daily Meditations for Practicing the Course, Karen Casey Ph.D

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