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PART II.  SECTION 7.  What is the Holy Spirit?

  1. The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth.  Since He must bridge the gap between reality and dreams, perception leads to knowledge through the grace that God has given Him, to be His gift to everyone who turns to Him for truth.  Across the bridge that He provides are dreams all carried to the truth, to be dispelled before the light of knowledge.  There are sights and sounds forever laid aside.  And where they were perceived before, forgiveness has made possible perception’s tranquil end.
  2. The goal the Holy Spirit’s teaching sets is just this end of dreams.  For sights and sounds must be translated from the witnesses of fear to those of love.  And when this is entirely accomplished, learning has achieved the only goal it has in truth.  For learning, as the Holy Spirit guides it to the outcome He perceives for it, becomes the means to go beyond itself, to be replaced by the Eternal Truth.
  3. If you but knew how much your Father yearns to have you recognize your sinlessness, you would not let His Voice appeal in vain, nor turn away from His replacement for the fearful images and dreams you made.  The Holy Spirit understands the means you made, by which you would attain what is forever unattainable.  And if you offer them to Him, He will employ the means you made for exile to restore your mind to where it truly is at home.
  4. From knowledge, where He has been placed by God, the Holy Spirit calls to you, to let forgiveness rest upon your dreams, and be restored to sanity and peace of mind.  Without forgiveness will your dreams remain to terrify you.  And the memory of all your Father’s Love will not return to signify the end of dreams has come.
  5. Accept your Father’s gift.  It is a call from Love to Love that It be but Itself.  The Holy Spirit is His gift, by which the quietness of Heaven is restored to God’s beloved Son.  Would you refuse to take the function of completing God, when all He wills is that you be complete?[1]
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Today Jesus teaches that Holy Spirit bridges the gap between our nightmare here in separation and the reality of Sonship.  Holy Spirit translates so to speak the language of fear, chaos, the multitude of clamoring, chattering, calamitous voices to the language beyond words, the quiet and still language of love, of oneness, of knowledge.  Holy Spirit takes everything that we hear and see and experience in this world and uses it to lead us to the knowledge of God, the purity and perfection of our creation, our Sonship of God and Brotherhood in Christ. 

The Holy Spirit is reserved for all who turn to God for truth.  We do not have to beg for it, plead with God to give it to us, or have priests, prophets, or shamans perform rites, rituals, or offer special prayers.  God freely gives us the gift of Holy Spirit to stand in the gap between our perceived life in the world and our real Self in the mind of God.  Holy Spirit reminds us of our sinlessness, our perfection in Christ, our purity and innocence because this is what our Father yearns for us to know.

We can be so utterly thankful to Holy Spirit and keep our hearts and minds open to His Voice and to the truth that replaces thoughts of sin, shame, and sorrow in our lives.  Our hearts and mind lift in gratitude when we realize that without God’s Gift to us, we would continue to search for answers to life’s deep questions where they can never be found.  Without Holy Spirit, we would continue to search for happiness in the world where every happiness is a fleeting commodity that is over as soon as it has begun.  Without Holy Spirit we could not begin to understand the things of God, to have faith in what we cannot see with our flesh eyes and hear with our flesh ears.  And yet when we give Him our flesh eyes and ears, Holy Spirit uses them to restore our mind to truth!  We are no longer in despair, we are no longer victims of a ruthless world, we are no longer exiles in a strange land – we begin to see the nightmare world as a learning tool of separation and as we become doers and teachers of forgiveness we see the reality which lies beyond – the dreams of this world can no longer terrify us or hold us in bondage. 

Today, Jesus tells us to accept God’s gift of the Holy Spirit.  Do not be afraid of the peace and calm and joy that Holy Spirit restores to your mind no matter how alien it feels in this world that calls for us to take up every cause and keep ourselves twisted in a state of constant stress, worry, and over-concern, pushing our minds and bodies beyond their finite limits in our unattainable search for happiness, meaning, and truth.   Do not let these calls of the world tempt us to dethrone Holy Spirit from His rightful place in our minds.  The ego will tell you that you have to change the world, that you must get out there and fight for God, defend the cause of righteousness, go to battle against evil and sin.  This will not bring you peace.  This will not bring you joy.  This will certainly not bring you anything but exhaustion, unrest, heartache, disease, and death.  Let the world exactly as it is and trust in God.  Accept His Gift which will complete you as God’s Son and thus complete God in His love and desire for your wholeness. 

The next ten lessons will inform us more each day about God’s Gift to us who turn to Him for truth.  Let each lesson rest upon your mind and open your heart to its message and core concepts.  Each day practice putting down the ego’s resistance to the quiet restfulness of Holy Spirit.  Ignore the ego’s call to do, do, do and fight, fight, fight, and simply walk in a state of the forgiveness that sees beyond this world to the one in which God resides in utter assurance, certainty, and rest.  Join with me each day as we learn of God’s Gift and apply the concepts Jesus has given us to deepen our understanding and train our minds to surrender to His Love and call upon our lives. 


[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Part II: 7 What is the…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 437.

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