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II.  SECTION 8.  What is the Real World?

Lesson 296.  The Holy Spirit Speaks Through Me Today

  1. The Holy Spirit needs my voice today that all the world may listen to Your Voice, and hear Your Word through me.  I am resolved to let You speak through me, for I would use no words but Yours, and have no thoughts which are apart from Yours, for only Yours are true.  I would be savior to the world I made.  For having damned it, I would set it free, that I may find escape, and hear the Word Your holy Voice will speak to me today.
  2. We teach today what we would learn, and that alone.  And so our learning goal becomes an unconflicted one, and possible of easy reach and quick accomplishment.  How gladly does the Holy Spirit come to rescue us from hell, when we allow His teaching to persuade the world through us to seek and find the easy path to God.[1]
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In our Wednesday night meeting, we discussed the false humility involved in accepting the ego’s version of our identity and allowing it to burden us on our return to God.  So often we hear our fellow Christians say that they are a nobody, that the ego is the one that talks to them rather than the Holy Spirit, or we unwittingly give the ego the throne of our minds by maintaining, not our Holy Mind of Christ, but that we still, unfortunately, hear its voice instead of God’s.  Perhaps it is fear of spiritual pride and drawing too much attention to ourselves, that results in our wishy-washy, hesitant, and floundering progress as we remain in a state of following but never leading, holding back our natural, God-given Holy Spirit lest we make a mistake, lest we share the wrong voice, lest we lead people astray.  We will let someone else stand in the arena and take the risk.  We will support others who teach and preach the gospel, and then feel disappointed, resentful, and confused when they make a mistake or teach us a questionable doctrine.  We may even use their failure as an excuse to welcome the ego to rule our minds and use our voice.  When we keep our eyes upon another brother to lead us we will always be disappointed and misled.  When we put our preachers and teachers on a pedestal we are abdicating our responsibility to accept the call of God in our lives.  We are in this walk together, as mutual teachers and students. Nobody who remains in this realm is above the need for correction, edification, and learning.  In other words – there are no “masters.”  We and our fellows are one. 

Today in our devotional practice, Jesus reminds us that Holy Spirit needs our voice – not only the preacher’s voice, the rabbi’s, the guru’s, and shaman’s of the world – our individual voice to reach the world in which we influence.  We resolve within ourselves to use no words but the ones that Holy Spirit gives us, to have no thoughts except the ones from Holy Spirit – for these are the only words and thoughts that can be, that are true!  When we commit to our Holy Selves, to the Holy Spirit within each one of us, we are technically removing the false self from the thrones of our minds.  When we become one with Christ through our identity in Holy Spirit, we are no longer followers, worshippers, forever fawning over and praising that which is greater than us – we are part of the Godhood.  We are Sons of God.  We are saviors with Christ.  The Second Coming of Christ takes place within our hearts and minds.  And brother, it is our oneness in Christ which saves Creation.

During our devotional practice today, let us hear the Voice for God within us.  With unwavering faith in the power of God within each one of us, we shut down the clamor of the ego.  We say, “No More,” giving it no place on the throne of our minds. Our thoughts, our words, our deeds, freed of the ego, become conduits of holiness, purity, and innocence.  It is not until we practice the authority that God put within each one of us, that we will gain the experience base we need to know and use the quiet and ultimate power of Holy Spirit over the wiles of the ego in our lives.  One of the brothers shared the example of an athlete, expounding upon how it is only when we use muscles that they become strong.  This serves as an excellent metaphor for not only claiming but using our wisdom, will, and power of election to allow the mighty light of holiness, purity, and innocence to shine through us and draw others to truth. 

It is our privilege to give our voices to Holy Spirit.  Let others hear the joyous gospel that we are free and free indeed.  We are not followers of this doctrine or that particular denomination.  We keep our eyes on Jesus, not any particular TV evangelist or A Course in Miracles guru or any of the cultish fads and trends that would lead us to the desert in a vain adventure in madness. We give our flesh bodies, our eyes, our voices to God as individuals and as a collective.  We accept our holy function.  If we make a mistake, we learn a wonderful lesson, we stand corrected, and we use our mistake to teach others.  This keeps us on the path to return to Him, choosing now and forever our true identity in Him and with all of Creation.   

This is the real world.  The way may seem narrow to our ego-minds, which delights in opposites and cherishes the multitude forms of fear. The way may seem dull without all the melodrama of the ego – the murderous secrets, wittiness, coyness, and cunning that thrills and keeps our minds trapped in dark corridors that lead nowhere.  However, as we gain experience in the real world, we realize that there is simply no place for the ambiguities, conflicts, demands, and specialness that define the world of fear and nothingness.  As we elect our true identity in Christ, our Holy Spirit rescues us from the hellish realm of false humility and shines His Holy Light upon this ridiculous conceit. Today commit to putting away false humility, which keeps us small and smarmy.  Our Holy Spirit speaks through us, persuading the world to uncover the blissful, sinless path that leads us Home.

[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 295. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 446.

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