Our Father, our God, in my own consciousness let me find happiness in the love of Thee, for the love I bear toward my fellow man. Let my life, my words, my deeds, bring the joy and happiness of the Lord in Jesus to each I meet day by day. 262-106
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-107 through 262-112]
What Is Happiness?
Happiness is abiding in Infinite Love. To be happy we must make Infinite Love compatible with our material surroundings. No one can give it to us, no one can take it away. We manifest it in thankfulness, peace, harmony, and in a consciousness that is void of offense toward God and others. Happiness is knowing, being in touch with, and manifesting divine love in our daily life. Happiness is as much a law as error or goodness, as day or night. The first law is: Like begets like. That which we think, we become. As in the act, as in the seed, so in the full fruit of that which we allow our mind to dwell upon, that we become. Happy are they who love the Lord's way. (See 262-109.)
Who Are Happy?
Happy are the poor in spirit, for they shall see God. We are happy when we in humility realize the goodness of the Father, the depth of His love, and allow ourselves to be directed by the God-Force. But when we become acquainted with "familiar spirits," we dishonor the God who has promised to abide with us always.
Happy are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. We have a thirst for spiritual satisfaction that only the Spirit of God can supply. We have an advocate with the Father God, in Jesus Christ, and in such knowledge we have comfort. Though we may feel sorrow for others in their unrighteousness, yet we are happy when we can bless those whom our Lord smiles upon in their weaknesses.
Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord." The unseen forces are working the great changes in the earth and its people today. Those who are quiet, cool and unpretentious are the makers and the keepers of the coming age who will bring light and understanding to many. Blessed are those who, without thought of self, go forward, build homes, hospitals, cities, that generations to come may be blessed. These are they who inherit the earth. What we give away, we have, is as true as what we hold, we lose, or what we have lost was never ours.
Happy are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find." It is a fearful thing for us to be at ease, to feel self-sufficient and not to realize that we, of ourselves, can do nothing. It is glorious to come to an understanding of our relationship with our Heavenly Father and with our fellow human beings. We are happy who realize that the fountain of knowledge, of peace and of righteousness is overflowing, and that our thirst can be forever satisfied in Him who is the Water of Life.
Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Father, "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." If we forgive not our neighbors their trespasses, how can we hope to be forgiven? To forgive and to be merciful are Godlike. To hold grudges, to want revenge, to pout and to sulk, are of the earth, and they have no part in the Kingdom of the Father. Happy are the merciful, for they have the promise that their needs will be met.
Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Unless ye become as a little child, ye shall not see the Kingdom of God. There is no evil in the mind of a little child. The prisoner before the bar is to the child a good person. Unless we, too, can see God in our fellow human being, we will never see Him elsewhere. This is our first step toward God, and there is no roundabout way. There is no happiness within us when we are holding an impure thought of another.
Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." In the world of uneasiness and turmoils, this is a happy state of consciousness; yet peace will not remain long within if there is no effort to express it without.
Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also." This is another way of saying that we should go all the way in being kind and gentle to others. Because we have little, do we often say that we must save, so that we may not be in want? Let us remember that there may be those who now need what little we hold. We may say, if I were so and so, oh, how much I would give to charity, to the needy! If we would not share the little we have, we would not give although we had everything at our command.
When we are persecuted for righteousness' sake and are conscious that it is for His sake, the light which brings happiness shines into the darkest corner of our life. When we can realize that the place we fill and the work we do is not only a livelihood, but a means through which others may come to a better understanding of life, then the little slurs, the insults, the criticisms lose much of the sting they would otherwise carry. Love comes more easily and forgiveness is given before it is asked, when we are happy to suffer for righteousness' sake.
Happy are you "when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; ... for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service."