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Lesson 290 My Present Happiness Is All I See

PART II.  SECTION 7.  What is the Holy Spirit?

Lesson 290 My Present Happiness Is All I See.

  1. Unless I look upon what is not there, my present happiness is all I see.  Eyes that begin to open see at last.  And I would have Christ’s vision come to me this very day.  What I perceive without God’s Own Correction for the sight I made is frightening and painful to behold.  Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief in the dream I made is real an instant longer.  This the day I seek my present happiness and look on nothing else except the thing I seek.
  2. With this resolve, I come to You, and ask Your strength to hold me up today, while I but seek to do Your Will.  You cannot fail to hear me, Father. What I ask have You already given me.  And I am sure that I will see my happiness today.[1]
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Joy flooded my being as I first read today’s lesson.  Like a child, I clapped my hands with glee.  As the lesson says in sentence two:  Eyes that begin to open, see at last! (Exclamation point, mine.)  There were the crispy white sheets and soft pillows of our hotel bed; the good French roast coffee brewing in the kitchen, my hard-working Lover looking handsome in his blue polo, beige khakis, and steel-toed loafers.  My day’s writing tools were arranged invitingly on the desk. There was chicken and veggie soup to make from our garden harvest: cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers, and jalapenos. Outside the rain clouds were gathering, blowing a lovely, fresh breeze through our open windows. Our housekeeper arrived with fresh towels and washcloths. My soft velour loungers keep me warm and toasty. My present happiness is all I see.

How fearful and hurtful are our thoughts without Holy Spirit’s correction.  When we live in our yesterdays, we are denying ourselves today’s blessings, joys, and triumphs.  The adverse experiences of childhood, the bitterness of past wrongs, dwelling upon our past mistakes, jealousies, and petty grudges will drive us batty if we are not willing to let them go!  We can spend a fortune on psychiatry, medication, or self-medicate with food, drugs, sex, or rock-and-roll, if you like, but only letting go of the past will set us free from it.  Even if we spend our time dwelling on wonderful memories from the past, we only serve to make the eternal present seem less desirable in comparison.

Today let us resolve to keep our minds on the happy present.  In recognizing what we have called our life and our reality here in time as only the holographic teaching and learning experience it is, our minds are free to take serious only that which last lasts forever.  

Our prayer today dedicates our focus, our attention, and our will to God, where it belongs:

Our Father in Heaven, we come to You and ask for Your strength to hold us up today and always while we seek only to do Your Will.  Your ears are open to this prayer, because it is the prayer of aligning our will with Yours where it belongs, where it is in truth, and where it has always been and ever will be.  For our eyes are being opened and we see that we are but in a dream!  Our eyes are being opened, and we will surely see our happiness today.  In Jesus name.  Amen.


[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 290.  My present happiness…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 442

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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