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

Lesson 287 You Are My Goal, My Father.  Only You.

  1. Where would I go, but Heaven?  What could be a substitute for happiness?  What gift could I prefer before the peace of God?  What treasure would I seek and find and keep that can compare with my Identity?  And would I rather live with fear than love?
  2. You are my goal, my Father.  What but You could I desire to have?  What way but that which leads to You could I desire to walk?  And what except the memory of You could signify to me the end of dreams and futile substitutions for the truth?  You are my only goal.  Your Son would be as You created him.  What way but this could I expect to recognize my Self, and be at one with my Identity?[1]
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This morning I woke before the alarm and as quietly as possible made my way downstairs to the coffee pot, to my devotional, to sitting on the recliner with my legs up and my mind attuned to God as I read Lesson 287.  James had been up way into the night working on a wedding video for some dear friends, and I left him to snore while I contemplated today’s lesson idea.

This year I am doing my best to pay attention to the themes of each section of our workbook and apply the theme to the lesson idea.  In doing this, my mind has been illuminated with a deeper understanding of the truth about who and what we are in God’s Kingdom and what our function is in the dream of separation.  As we identify with our Holy Selves, we identify with Holy Spirit, which is one and the same.  The Holy Spirit is one with God, just as Christ is one with God, and we are part of that oneness as our Holy Selves, as our Holy Spirit. 

As we elect Holy Spirit’s return to the throne of our minds, we begin to realize the futility of chasing after the things of the world.  In verse two and sentence four Jesus leads us in a prayer that addresses this very matter: And what except the memory of You could signify to me the end of dreams and futile substitutions for the truth.”

There is simply nothing here that would ever take the place of making God our goal!  The whole world is set upon the laws of atrophy, entropy, and loss.  There is no certainty, there is no truth, there is no substance, love, or value.  Making our goal anything less than God will only lead to death and despair. 

As we make God our goal, we learn to recognize our Self as holy and as spirit rather than as sinful and as flesh.  While we may experience this transformation as an infilling of Holy Spirit, the truth is simply that Holy Spirit has been there all along, hidden by the false self we made to take the place of our Holy Self.  As we become one with our true Identity in Christ, we let the ego self fade away.  We have no more use for an unholy sense of self.  We have no more use for any identity except our identity as Holy Spirit, God’s Son. 

Meditate upon our lesson today with an open heart and an open mind.  Continue to ask the Lord to reveal to You His truth.  Those who sincerely seek truth will not be misled.  We may make mistakes in our understanding, we may not have the correct perceptions, we may misunderstand the teachings of Christ, but the only thing that matters is our humility, our humble seeking, and our courage to make mistakes and be corrected by our holy brothers.   

The path to God is said to be narrow because there is absolutely no room on it for the ego and all its chaos, devices, desires, and tricks.  We need nothing on our path to God except a clear and certain goal which supersedes all others.  Our holy Selves know the way to God because deep within each of us is our Holy Spirit, a homing device implanted by God at our creation.  Our holy Selves will never leave us, never deceive us, and bring to our remembrance all we have forgotten.  It is our Holy Spirits that give us the courage, faith, and devotion required to make our return to our Father our only goal.  It is God’s Love that calls us home.    


[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 287.  You are my goal, my…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 441

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