Who does not yearn to be happy? Who does not deserve to be happy? We all do. The secret to being happy is out in the open for more than 2000 years, and it is Mary Baker Eddy who rewrites it for our modern age: “Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can. Consult thy everyday life; take its answer as to thy aims, motives, fondest purposes, and this oracle of years will put to flight all care for the world's soft flattery or its frown.” (Message for 1902, p. 17)
Every day is about loving deeper and better, because it is only divine Love that matters. This is such a short sentence to write, but its implications are huge. "Love alone is Life", writes Mary Baker Eddy in a poem. Are we meant to express God’s being? Yes, we are. What is the measure of our demonstration of divine Love? It is not whether the human tradition, life, or order, as we know it, are being upheld or kept intact. The measure is this: in darkness or light, in pain or health, in war or peace we cling without reservation to divine Love, to the spiritual idea of creation, and we fearlessly and unselfishly do our part in establishing the kingdom of heaven on the earth. A sure haven for every single man, woman, child, animal, plant life, a sure haven for our dear planet. Happiness is inbuilt into spirituality, into divine Love. We resist therefore with all our might, mentally, and sometimes physically, the mental forces that try to undermine, cloud or entirely destroy the very best endeavours, ideas, progressive movements humanity has allowed to develop - f.e. democracy, nature preservation, Christian healing. These forces try to fog clear judgment and the hope for a better future for all and we have the responsibility and possibility to annul them in our own consciousness, heart, and home. "Love alone is Life."
Every day is a small life of its own and presents an opportunity for greater good for all. The Dalai Lama writes in a book that Vincent gave me for Christmas: “Every morning when I wake up, I dedicate myself to helping others to find peace of mind. Then, when I meet people, I think of them as long term friends; I don’t regard others as strangers.”
Where can you help others find peace of mind today? Ask divine Love where you can be useful, cling to the idea of divine Love --- and then follow. Conscious worth is yours, and happiness is guaranteed. It is always part of the package.
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