PART II. SECTION 7. What is the Holy Spirit?
Lesson 290 My Present Happiness Is All I See.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
 A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 290. My present happiness…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 442