The Key To HappinessMay 11, 2020
(By Eldad Ben-Moshe ✨ Reading Time: 2 minutes)
❤ Hey there Better Lifers!
We all want a happier, better life.
Consciously and unconsciously, we run away from pain and towards happiness.
But what is the key to happiness?
It seems that humans struggled with this question forever.
A Course in Miracles, being a spiritual and psychological course,
gives us an answer on both these plains,
which is part of why it is so effective, on point, and transformational.
So this time, I’ll let A Course in Miracles tell you all about it.
The following is taken from “Forgiveness Is The Key To Happiness” (lesson 121 in A Course in Miracles' workbook):
"Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world that seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers that appear to threaten you at every turn, and bring uncertainty to all your hopes of ever finding quietness and peace. Here are all questions answered; here the end of all uncertainty ensured at last.
The unforgiving mind is full of fear, and offers love no room to be itself; no place where it can spread its wings in peace and soar above the turmoil of the world. The unforgiving mind is sad, without the hope of respite and release from pain. It suffers and abides in misery, peering about in darkness, seeing not, yet certain of the danger lurking there.
The unforgiving mind is torn with doubt, confused about itself and all it sees; afraid and angry, weak and blustering, afraid to go ahead, afraid to stay, afraid to waken or to go to sleep, afraid of every sound, yet more afraid of stillness; terrified of darkness, yet more terrified at the approach of light. What can the unforgiving mind perceive but its damnation? What can it behold except the proof that all its sins are real?
The unforgiving mind sees no mistakes, but only sins. It looks upon the world with sightless eyes, and shrieks as it beholds its own projections rising to attack... It wants forgiveness, yet it sees no hope. It wants escape, yet can conceive of none because it sees the sinful everywhere.
The unforgiving mind is in despair, without the prospect of a future which can offer anything but more despair. Yet it regards its judgment of the world as irreversible, and does not see it has condemned itself to this despair. It thinks it cannot change, for what it sees bears witness that its judgment is correct. It does not ask, because it thinks it knows. It does not question, certain it is right.
Forgiveness is acquired. It is not inherent in the mind, which cannot sin. As sin is an idea you taught yourself, forgiveness must be learned by you as well... you learn how to forgive the self you think you made, and let it disappear...
Each unforgiving mind presents you with an opportunity to teach your own how to forgive itself... The unforgiving mind must learn through your forgiveness... And as you teach salvation, you will learn...
Today we practice learning to forgive. If you are willing, you can learn today to take the key to happiness, and use it on your own behalf..."
It is essential to understand that A Course in Miracles uses symbols,
as you can see here in reason #2.
Many of the terms it uses, such as forgiveness, salvation, etc.,
have a different and more profound meaning than the one we are used to.
If you are not a student of a course in miracles yet,
it will take some time to explain the real meaning of forgiveness in the course.
I will do that soon in my upcoming online workshop about A Course in Miracles,
but for now, for the quote above, you can still think of forgiveness in its usual meaning -
it will still be valuable.
If you are already a student of A Course in Miracles,
feel free to ask me what forgiveness means in the course -
you’d be surprised how many students and teachers of the course are getting it wrong!
I’m certainly not the only one that gets it right; I’m not saying that -
it’s neither my belief nor my style.
But the truth is that many many people fall in the trap of misunderstanding what the course is saying.
To your better life,
with tons of 💖
Founder, Teacher, and Coach
Better Life Awareness Center
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