The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is nothing more than your own right mind.

He was also mine. The Bible says, "May the mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus,"and uses this as a blessing. It is the blessing of miracle-mindedness. It asks that you may think as I thought, joining with me in Christ-thinking.

The Holy Spirit is the only part of the Holy Trinity which is symbolic. He is referred to in the Bible as the Healer, the Comforter, and the Guide. He is also described as something separate, apart from the Father and from the Son. I myself said, "If I go I will send you another comforter, and He will abide with you." John 14:16

The Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to grasp precisely because it is symbolic, and therefore open to many different interpretations. As a man and as one of God's creations, my right thinking, which came from the Universal Inspiration, which is the Holy Spirit, taught me first and foremost that this Inspiration is for all. I could not have it myself without knowing this.

The Holy Spirit is the Christ Mind which senses the knowledge that lies beyond perception. It came into being with the separation as a protection, inspiring the beginning of the Atonement at the same time. Before that there was no need for healing, and no one was comfortless. God honored even the miscreations of His Children, because they had made them. But He also blessed them with a way of thinking that could raise their perceptions until they became so lofty that they could reach almost back to Him.

You are the Kingdom of Heaven, but you have let the belief in darkness enter your minds, and so you need a new light. The Holy Spirit is the radiance that you must let banish the idea of darkness. His is the glory before which dissociation falls away, and the Kingdom of Heaven breaks through into its own.

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Before the separation you did not need guidance. You knew, as you will know again, but as you do not know now.

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Your Guide in Choosing

Before the separation you did not need guidance. You knew, as you will know again, but as you do not know now. Guidance is evaluative, because it implies that there is a right way and also a wrong way, one to be chosen and the other to be avoided. By choosing one, you give up the other.

God is not in you in a literal sense; you are part of Him. When you chose to leave Him, He gave you a Voice to speak for Him, because He could no longer share His knowledge with you without hindrance. Direct communication was broken because you had made another voice through another will.

The Holy Spirit calls you both to remember and to forget. You have chosen to be in a state of opposition, in which opposites are possible. As a result, there are choices which you must make. Choosing means divided will. The Holy Spirit is one way of choosing.

The call to return is stronger than the call to depart, but it speaks in a different way. The Voice of the Holy Spirit...

  • does not command, because it is incapable of arrogance.
  • It does not demand, because it does not seek control.
  • It does not overcome, because it does not attack.
It merely reminds. It is compelling only because of what it reminds you of. It brings to your mind the other way, remaining quiet even in the midst of the turmoil you have made for yourselves. The Voice for God is always quiet because it speaks of peace. Yet peace is stronger than war because it heals. War is division, not increase. No one gains from strife. "What profiteth it a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own Soul?" Matthew 16:26 That means that if he listens to the wrong voice, he has lost sight of his Soul. He cannot lose it, but he can not know it. It is therefore lost to him until he chooses right.

The Holy Spirit is your Guide in choosing. He is the part of your mind which always speaks for the right choice, because He speaks for God. He is your remaining communication with God, which you can interrupt but cannot destroy. The Holy Spirit is the way in which God's Will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

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My mind will always be like yours because we were created as equals.

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The Perfect Teacher

My mind will always be like yours because we were created as equals. It was only my decision that gave me all power in Heaven and earth. My only gift to you is to help you make the same decision for yourself.

You understand the role of models in the learning process, and the importance of the models you value and choose to follow in determining what you will to learn. I am your model for decision. By deciding for God, I showed you that this decision can be made, and that you can make it. I promised you that the mind that made the decision for me is also in you, and that you can let it change you just as it changed me. This mind is unequivocal because it hears only one Voice and answers in only one way.

The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher. He uses only what your mind already understands to teach you that you do not understand it. The Holy Spirit can deal with an unwilling learner without going counter to his will, because part of his will is still for God. Despite the ego's attempts to conceal this part, it is still much stronger than the ego, even though the ego does not recognize it.

The Holy Spirit recognizes it perfectly, because it is His own dwelling place, or the place in the mind where He is at home. You are at home there, too, because it is a place of peace, and peace is of God. You who are part of God are not at home except in His peace. If peace is eternal, you are at home only in eternity.

The ego made the world as it perceives it, but the Holy Spirit, the re-interpreter of what the ego made, sees it only as a teaching device for bringing you home.

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The Holy Spirit is the call to awake...

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The Call to Awaken

The Holy Spirit is the call to awake and be glad.The world is very tired because it is the idea of weariness. Our task is the joyous one of waking it to the Call for God. Everyone will answer the Call of the Holy Spirit, or the Sonship cannot be as one. What better vocation could there be for any part of the Kingdom than to restore it to the perfect integration that can make it whole? Hear only this through the Holy Spirit within you, and teach your brothers to listen as I am teaching you.

When you are tempted by the wrong voice, call on me to remind you how to heal by sharing my decision and making it stronger. As we share this goal, we increase its power to attract the whole Sonship, and to bring it back into the Oneness in which it was created. Remember that "yolk" means "join together" and "burden" means message.

Let us reconsider the Biblical statement "my yolk is easy and my burden light" Matthew 11:30 in this way: "let us join together, for my message is Light." The power of our joint motivation is beyond belief, but not beyond accomplishment. What we can accomplish together has no limits, because the Call for God is the call to the unlimited. Child of God, my message is for you, to hear and give away as you answer the Holy Spirit within you.

 
 
 

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