“Whenever you are not wholly joyous, it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God’s creations. (T89)”
Affirmation: “not wholly joyous. . .lack of love”
1 – When Feeling Low
This passage is particularly insightful. We can determine when we have been unloving, because we don’t feel any joy.
2 – Love Brings Joy
Of course, this sounds extreme. Surely there are reasons for depression other than a lack of love toward God’s creations. But are there really? Virtually all of us are trapped in egoistic thinking, which is by definition unloving. We do know joy, and by this we can recognize the difference. When joy comes upon us, all seems right in our little world. We then recognize that we love the world and everyone in it.
3 – Drop the Unloving Attitude
This statement can become a harbinger of the times to change our thinking to be more in line with the Holy Spirit. If we are wholly joyous, very likely we would wish to change nothing. When we are not wholly joyous, we will want to change much, and the first thing that we need to change is our own unloving attitude.
4 – Being Happy
All of us wish to be happy, and one of the great benefits of studying A Course in Miracles is that we learn that this desire is not an inferior choice. We are intended to be happy, and it is only the ego and its “gifts” that prevent joy from embracing us throughout the day. We need only look to people of great faith, who have afflictions, to know that suffering is not necessarily a part of one’s experience. The greater one looks beyond the physical (which is illusion, of course), the more likely we are to cease turning any pain into suffering, and hence avoiding joy.
5 – We Are Meant to Be Joyous!
We are meant to be joyous! If we are not, let us make this prayer the first one that enters our minds every morning.
May I know the joy that you would have me to know. To feel this love, I must love my brothers and sisters. I must react with love toward them.
When I am not wholly joyous, let me realize that my ego has interfered, and that I have reacted without love. I can change this, with Your help. Please give me Your help.