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102: I share God’s Will for happiness for me

Lesson 102 “I share Godʹs Will for happiness for me.

You do not want to suffer. You may think it buys you something, and may still believe a little that it buys you what you want. Yet this belief is surely shaken now, at least enough to let you question it, and to suspect it really makes no sense. It has not gone as yet, but lacks the roots that once secured it tightly to the dark and hidden secret places of your mind.

Today we try to loose its weakened hold still further and to realize that pain is purposeless, without a cause, and with no power to accomplish anything. It cannot purchase anything at all. It offers nothing, and does not exist, and everything you think it offers you is lacking in existence like itself. You have been slave to nothing. Be you free today to join the happy Will of God.

For several days we will continue to devote our longer practice periods to exercises planned to help you reach the happiness Godʹs Will has placed in you. Here is your home, and here your safety is. Here is your peace, and here there is no fear. Here is salvation. Here is rest at last.

Begin the longer practice periods today with this acceptance of Godʹs Will for you:

I share Godʹs Will for happiness for me, And I accept it as my function now.

Then seek this function deep within your mind, for it is there, awaiting but your choice. You cannot fail to find it when you learn it is your choice, and that you share Godʹs Will.

Be happy, for your only function here is happiness. You have no need to be less loving to Godʹs Son than He Whose Love created him as loving as Himself. Besides these hourly five minute rests, pause frequently today to tell yourself that you have now accepted happiness as your one function. And be sure that you are joining with Godʹs Will in doing this.

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Lesson 83

Lesson 83 Today let us review these ideas: (65‐66)

65. “My only function is the one God gave me.”

I have no function but the one God gave me. This recognition releases me from all conflict, because it means I cannot have conflicting goals. With one purpose only, I am always certain what to do, what to say, and what to think. All doubt must disappear and I acknowledge that my only function is the one God gave me.

More specific applications of this idea might take these forms:

My perception of this does not change my function.”

This does not give me a function other than the one God gave me.”

Let me not use this to justify a function God did not give to me.”

66. “My happiness and my function are one.”

All things that come from God are one. They come from Oneness, and must be received as one. Fulfilling my function is my happiness because both come from the same Source. And I must learn to recognize what makes me happy if I would find happiness.

Some useful forms for specific applications of this idea are:

This cannot separate my happiness from my function.”

The oneness of my happiness and my function remains wholly unaffected by this.”

Nothing, including this, can justify the illusion of happiness apart from my function.”

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Lesson 82

63. “The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.

My forgiveness is the means by which the light of the world finds expression through me. My forgiveness is the means by which I become aware of the light of the world in me. My forgiveness is the means by which the world is healed, together with myself. Let me, then, forgive the world that it may be healed along with me.

Suggestions for specific forms for applying this idea are:

Let peace extend from my mind to yours, (name)

I share the light of the world with you, (name)

Through my forgiveness I can see this as it is.”

64. “Let me not forget my function.”

I would not forget my function because I would remember my Self. I cannot fulfill my function by forgetting. And unless I fulfill my function, I will not experience the joy that God intends for me.

Suitable specific forms of this idea include:

Let me not use this to hide my function from me.”

I would use this as an opportunity to fulfill my function.”

This may threaten my ego, but cannot change my function in any way.”

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66: My happiness and my function are one

Lesson 66 “My happiness and my function are one.

You have surely noticed an emphasis throughout our recent lessons on the connection between fulfilling your function and achieving happiness.  This is because you do not really see the connection.  Yet there is more than just a connection between them; they are the same.  Their forms are different, but their content is completely one.

The ego does constant battle with the Holy Spirit on the fundamental question of what your function is.  So does it do constant battle with the Holy Spirit about what your happiness is.  It is
not a two‐way battle.  The ego attacks and the Holy Spirit does not respond.  He knows what your function is.  He knows that it is your
happiness.

Today we will try to go past this wholly meaningless battle, and arrive at the truth about your function.  We will not engage in ceaseless arguments about what it is.  We will not become hopelessly involved in defining happiness and determining the means for achieving it.  We will not indulge the ego by listening to its attacks on truth.  We will merely be glad that we can find out what truth is.

Our longer practice period today has as its purpose your acceptance of the fact that not only is there a very real connection between the function God gave you and your happiness, but that they are actually identical.  God gives you only happiness.   Therefore the function He gave you must be happiness, even if it appears to be different.   Todayʹs exercises are an attempt to go beyond these differences in appearance, and recognize a common content where it exists in truth.

Begin the 10 to 15 minute practice period by reviewing these thoughts:
God gives me only happiness.
He has given my function to me. Therefore my function must be happiness.”
Try to see the logic in this sequence, even if you do notaccept the conclusion.  It is only if the first two thoughts are wrong that the conclusion could be false.  Let us, then, think about the premises for a while, as we are practicing.

The first premise is that God gives you only happiness.  This could be false, of course, but in order to be false it is necessary to define God as something He is not.  Love cannot give evil, and what is not happiness is evil.  God cannot give what He does not have, and He cannot have what He is not.  Unless God gives you only happiness, He must be evil.  And it is this definition of Him which you are believing if you do not accept the first premise.

The second premise is that God has given you your function.  We have seen that there are only two parts of your mind.  One is ruled by the ego, and is made up of illusions.  The other is the home of the Holy Spirit, where truth abides.  There are no other guides but these to choose between, and no other outcomes possible as a result of your choice but the fear which the ego always engenders and the love which the Holy Spirit always offers to replace it.

Thus it must be that your function is established by God through His Voice or is made by the ego which you made to replace Him.  Which is true?  Unless God gave your function to you, it must be the gift of the ego.  Does the ego really have gifts to give, being itself an illusion and offering only the illusion of gifts?

Think about this during the longer practice period today. Think also about the many forms which the illusion of your function has taken in your mind, and the many ways in which you try to find salvation under the egoʹs guidance.  Did you find it?  Were you happy?   Did they bring you peace? We need great honesty today.  Remember the outcomes fairly, and consider also whether it was ever reasonable to expect happiness from anything the ego has ever proposed.  Yet the ego is the only alternative to the Holy Spiritʹs Voice.

You will listen to madness or hear the truth.  Try to make this choice as you think about the premises on which our conclusion rests.   We can share in this conclusion, but in no other.  For God Himself shares it with us.

Todayʹs idea is another giant stride in the perception of the same as the same, and the different as different.  On one side stand all illusions.  All truth stands on the other.   Let us try today to realize that only the truth is true.

In the shorter practice periods, which would be most helpful today if undertaken twice an hour, this form of the application is suggested:
My happiness and function are one,
because God has given me both.”

It will not take more than a minute, and probably less, to repeat these words slowly, and think about them a little as you say them.

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65: My only function is the one God gave me

Lesson 65 “My only function is the one God gave me.

The idea for today reaffirms your commitment to salvation. It also reminds you that you have no other function than this. Both of these thoughts are obviously necessary for a total commitment.  Salvation cannot be the only purpose you hold while you still cherish others.  The full acceptance of salvation as your only function necessarily entails two phases; the recognition of salvation as your function, and the relinquishment of all the other goals you have invented for yourself.

This is the only way in which you can take your rightful place among the Saviors of the world.  This is the only way in which you can say and mean, “My only function is the one God gave me.”  This is the only way in which you can find peace of mind.

Today, and for a number of days to follow, set aside ten to fifteen minutes for a more sustained practice period in which you try to understand and accept what todayʹs idea really means.  It
offers you escape from all your perceived difficulties.  It places the key to the door to peace, which you have closed upon yourself, in your own hands.  It gives you the answer to all the searching you have done since time began.

Try, if possible, to undertake the daily extended practice periods at approximately the same time each day.  Try, also, to determine this time today in advance, and then adhere to it as closely as possible.  The purpose of this is to arrange your day so that you have set apart the time for God, as well as for all the trivial purposes and goals you will pursue.  This is part of the long range disciplinary training which your mind needs so that the Holy Spirit can use it consistently for the purpose He shares with you.


For this practice period, begin by reviewing the idea for today.  Then close your eyes, repeat the idea to yourself once again,and watch your mind carefully to catch whatever thoughts cross it.  
At first, make no attempt to concentrate only on thoughts related to the idea for today.  Rather, try to uncover each one that arises to interfere with it.  Note each one as it comes to you with as
little involvement or concern as possible, dismissing them by telling yourself:


This thought reflects a goal which is preventing me from accepting my only function.

After a while, interfering thoughts will become harder to find.  Try, however, to continue a minute or so longer, attempting to catch a few of the idle thoughts which escaped your attention before, but do not strain or make undue effort in doing this.  Then tell yourself:
On this clean slate, let my true function be written for me.”    


You need not use these exact words, but try to get a sense of being willing to have your illusions of purpose be replaced by truth.

Finally, repeat the idea for today once more and devote the rest of the practice period to trying to focus on its importance to you; the relief its acceptance will bring you by resolving your conflicts once and for all, and the extent to which you really want salvation in spite of your own foolish ideas to the contrary.

In the shorter practice periods, which should be undertaken at least once an hour, use this form in applying todayʹs idea:

My only function is the one God gave me.
I want no other and I have no other.”


Sometimes close your eyes as you practice, and sometimes keep them open and look about you.  It is what you see now that will be totally changed when you accept todayʹs idea completely.

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64: Let me not forget my function

Lesson 64 “Let me not forget my function.”

Todayʹs idea is merely another way of saying, “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it.  It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son, taking on a physical appearance.  It is this which the bodyʹs eyes look upon.

Nothing the bodyʹs eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself. Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions you have made, and therefore He sees another purpose in them.  To the Holy Spirit, the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself what you think of as your sins.  In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation.

To review our last few lessons, your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God.  It is only the arrogance of the ego which leads you to question this, and only the fear of the ego which induces you to regard yourself as unworthy of the task assigned to you by God Himself.  The worldʹs salvation awaits your forgiveness because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions and thus from all temptation.  The Son of God is you.

Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy.  That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable.  There is no other
way.  Therefore every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether to be happy or not.

Let us remember this today.  Let us remind ourselves of it in the morning and again at night, and all through the day as well. Prepare yourself in advance for all the decisions you will make today by remembering that they are all really very simple. Each one will lead to happiness or unhappiness.  Can such a simple decision really be difficult to make? Let not the form of the decision deceive you.  Complexity of form does not imply complexity of content.  It is impossible that any decision on earth can have a content different from just this one simple choice.  That is the only choice the Holy Spirit sees.  Therefore it is the only choice there is.

Today, then, let us practice these thoughts:
“Let me not forget my function.
Let me not try to substitute mine for Godʹs.
Let me forgive and be happy.”

At least once devote ten or fifteen minutes to reflecting on this with closed eyes.   Related thoughts will come to help you, if you remember the crucial importance of your function to you and to the world.

In the frequent applications of todayʹs idea to be made throughout the day, devote several minutes to reviewing the thoughts, and then to thinking about them and about nothing else.  This will be difficult at first particularly, since you are not proficient in the mind discipline which it requires.  You may need to repeat “Let me not forget my function” quite often, to help you concentrate.

Two forms of the shorter practice periods are required.  At times, do the exercises with your eyes closed, trying to concentrate on the thoughts you are applying.  At other times keep your eyes
open after reviewing the thoughts and look slowly and unselectively about you, telling yourself:
This is the world it is my function to save.”

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