Course in Miracles
101 - God's Will for me is perfect happiness.
Today we will continue
with the theme of happiness. This is a key idea in understanding
what salvation means. You still believe it asks for suffering as
penance for your "sins." This is not so. Yet you must
think it so while you believe that sin is real, and that God's Son
If sin is real, then
punishment is just, and cannot be escaped. Salvation thus cannot
be purchased but through suffering.
If sin is real,
then happiness must be illusion, for they cannot both be true. The
sinful warrant only death and pain, and it is this they ask for.
For they know it waits for them, and it will seek them out and find
them somewhere, sometime, in some form which evens the account they
owe to God. They would escape Him in their fear. And yet He will
pursue, and they can not escape.
If sin is real, salvation
must be pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be
escaped, if sin is real. Salvation must be feared, for it will kill,
but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome
boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation
is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.
Who would seek out
such savage punishment? Who would not flee salvation, and attempt
in every way he can to drown the Voice which offers it to him? Why
would he try to listen and accept Its offering?
If sin is real, its
(salvation’s) offering is death, and meted out in cruel form
to match the vicious wishes in which sin is born.
If sin is real, salvation
has become your bitter enemy, the curse of God upon you who have
crucified His Son.
You need the practice
periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that
you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no
Accept Atonement with
an open mind, which cherishes no lingering belief that you have
made a devil of God's Son.
We practice with this thought as often as we can
today, because it is the basis for today's idea. God's Will for
you is perfect happiness because there is no sin, and suffering
is causeless. Joy is just, and pain is but the sign you have misunderstood
yourself. Fear not the Will of God. But turn to It in confidence
that It will set you free from all the consequences sin has wrought
in feverish imagination. Say:
for me is perfect happiness.
There is no sin; it has no consequence.”
So should you start
your practice periods, and then attempt again to find the joy these
thoughts will introduce into your mind.
Give these five minutes gladly, to remove the heavy load you laid
upon yourself with the insane belief that sin is real. Today
escape from madness. You are set on freedom's road, and now today's
idea brings wings to speed you on, and hope to go still faster to
the waiting goal of peace.
There is no sin.
Remember this today,
and tell yourself as often as you can:
Will for me is perfect happiness. This is the truth, because
there is no sin.”