“Once this confusion has occurred, it becomes impossible for the mind to understand that all the ‘pleasures’ of the world are nothing. But what a sacrifice,–and it is sacrifice indeed!–all this entails. Now has the mind condemned itself to seek without finding; to be forever dissatisfied and discontented; to know not what it really wants to find. (M-13.3)”
1 – Ego
The passage for today highlights the manner in which the ego has us by the throat. We “seek without finding” and we are “forever dissatisfied and discontented.” Does this not characterize our journey here when we are seeking after something that, in retrospect, we identify as ego-identified?
2 – Happiness
We would not let the mind behave in such a way, if we would know happiness–and happiness is one of the functions that A Course in Miracles gives to us. We reach this happiness by forgiveness, the one function is this world that cannot be turned against us. It always works. But we do not pardon or forgive “real sins,” as there is no such thing. We know, once we have studied ACIM, that our “sins” are actually mistakes for which we would seek a remedy, a correction. We are only attracted to correcting the mistake; we are not drawn, as with “sins,” to repeat the sin.
3 – Ego = Leads to Strife and Fury
We would not live in unhappy circumstances. And if we follow the ego, this strife and fury are exactly what we will find.
4 – Our Better Way
Turn today from such insanity. Do not allow the mind to become confused. Our way, as pointed out in ACIM, is the way that leads to happiness, quiet, and calm. And these will be our goals when we have assimilated ACIM through and through our minds and hearts.
5 – The Ego Is Constantly Being Undone
If we reflect upon it, we will know that the joys of this world are matched by equal lows. The ego is constantly being undone, and it is our will, as well as God’s, that this undoing occur. We cannot live a free life with a constrained will, an imprisoned will. And that imprisoned will is exactly what obeying the ego commands. We would be free, and the only freedom is in becoming aware and certain that what God wills, and what our real will is, are identical.
Happiness in this world does not mean that we give up all the pleasures of this world. There are many pleasures that are in complete accord with what Jesus is saying. If we felt that we were called to give up all pleasures, what would lead us to seek his way? Your Way, though, gives me the understanding that the egoic influence upon things of this world is misguided. So the power plays of this world do need to disappear from our thinking. Help this to happen for me today.
May I enjoy the pleasures that are perfectly in line with A Course in Miracles. These are better called “joys” rather than “pleasures.” These joys give us a peace beyond compare. We are no longer attracted to drama for its own sake, and our days smooth out as a result. We find that the people in our lives seem to be behaving better. We do not find so much about which to complain. And so naturally we live with more ease.
I would not give up pleasures, but I would transform them. And in the transformation is all that You would seek for me. You would enable me to find happiness, as Jesus has given “happiness” as one of our functions.