Deserving and the Happy Dream
Every now and then I get questions about what A Course in Miracles calls the “happy dream” or the “real world”. Most want to know if this means they will have everything they want, which usually is along the lines of a lot of money, and all that money can buy; the perfect life partner, with whom they will have no conflict of any kind; engaging and interesting employment, etc.
The happy dream is a shift in perception, not circumstances. It is happy because you are aware of the Source of True Happiness within you and this extends in your awareness; into the “dream”. You know your happiness is not dependent on any circumstance.
Sometimes the question comes as: “Don’t I deserve to be happy?” Yes! But who is the “I” in this question? You will never be happy in a false state because, well, it’s false! You can only be happy in Truth because, well, It’s the Truth! No matter how much you seek for lasting peace and happiness in circumstances you will not find it, because circumstances are not your Source; they are not your Reality.
ACIM points out that, in Truth, to have and to be are the same. In Truth, you both have and are Happiness Itself. This awareness is not found in the world, in any circumstance. But it is with you always, in your mind. So, seeking your Reality and seeking lasting Happiness are the same thing! Find Yourself and you find the Happiness you deserve.