My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation

This post was written by DoctorJay on February 8, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook,peace,Zen

Day one hundred of this quest and today I’ll be full of joy and happiness. In the same way that our earthly parents want us to be happy and are joyful when we are, imagine how much more our heavenly parent desires happiness for us. According to the ACIM workbook today is to be dedicated to joy and spreading joy through our smile and loving kindness:

Just as God’s Son completes his Father, so your part in it completes your Father’s plan. Salvation must reverse the mad belief in separate thoughts and separate bodies, which lead separate lives and go their separate ways. One function shared by separate minds unites them in one purpose, for each one of them is equally essential to them all.

God’s Will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will? The part that He has saved for you to take in working out His plan is given you that you might be restored to what He wills. This part is as essential to His plan as to your happiness. Your joy must be complete to let His plan be understood by those to whom He sends you. They will see their function in your shining face, and hear God calling to them in your happy laugh.

You are indeed essential to God’s plan. Without your joy, His joy is incomplete. Without your smile, the world cannot be saved. While you are sad, the light that God Himself appointed as the means to save the world is dim and lusterless, and no one laughs because all laughter can but echo yours.

You are indeed essential to God’s plan. Just as your light increases every light that shines in Heaven, so your joy on earth calls to all minds to let their sorrows go, and take their place beside you in God’s plan. God’s messengers are joyous, and their joy heals sorrow and despair. They are the proof that God wills perfect happiness for all who will accept their Father’s gifts as theirs…

We will prepare ourselves for this today, in our five-minute practice periods, by feeling happiness arise in us according to our Father’s Will and ours. Begin the exercises with the thought today’s idea contains. Then realize your part is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God’s messengers. Think what this means. You have indeed been wrong in your belief that sacrifice is asked. You but receive according to God’s plan, and never lose or sacrifice or die…

The day went quite well. Anytime I would have been downhearted (my work objectively is quite disheartening) I would read my thought of the day (written on an index card) and I would smile. I would be filled with joy as that is my essential part in God’s plan for salvation.

That may be fair enough, but does joy preclude sadness grief, madness and other negative feelings.

Reminds me of the Zen master whose best friend had died. At the funeral the master was crying his heart out.
A novice asked, “But master is not life all an illusion?”
The master replied, “Yes, all is impermanent and illusory.”
The novice then said, “So life, death, rebirth are all illusions?”
The master again replied in the affirmative.
The novice victoriously said, “Then master why do cry?”
The Zen master gently replied, “My best friend died. I am sad. I cry.”

The point is that life is sacred in totality. Life is joyful in the present moment. Being present allows us to feel the presence. That is joy. Being sick when it is time to be sick and being healthy when that’s the right time.

In the I Ching (Chinese book of changes – an oracle) there is no right or wrong but things can be in time or out of time. As the book of Ecclesiastics says, “A time and place for everything under the sun.”

You see no matter what A Course in Miracles says (for me at least) time is real and exists. After all if the Spirit did not wish to play pretend and hide and seek (maya – illusion) there would be no game of life/time/duality and so on.

And so I’ll be joyful if my joy may include everything and no thing…

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