This is the title of Lesson 190 in the Workbook for Students in A Course in Miracle.
I choose the joy of God instead of pain. How many times have we suffered, were in pain, stuggled or were in a state of dis-ease? What if the solution to that was a matter of choice?
In paragraph 5 it says: “It is your thoughts along that cause your pain. Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way. No one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, or weak or frail. But it is you who have the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognizing what you are”.
What we are reminded here is that it is our choice that creates our reality. We are an infinite spiritual being having a physical experience and when we forget that and try to fit into the limitation of the world around us it causes pain-both physical and emotional. What if we re-member the light, glory and power that we are? Would there be anything that could cause us pain or hurt us in any way? Why not find out for yourself?
Would you be willing today to change your internal reality or your thoughts to give your external reality an opportunity to change? All it is a choice.
What will you choose today? Joy or Pain?
Love and blessings, M.