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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 6 The Lessons of Love

V: The Lessons of the Holy Spirit – 1-4

  1. Like any good teacher, the Holy Spirit knows more than you do now, but He teaches only to make you equal with Him. You had already taught yourself wrongly, having believed what was not true.  You did not believe in your own perfection. Will God teach you that you had made a split mind when He knows your mind only as whole? What God does know is that His communication channels are not open to Him, so that He cannot impart his joy and know that His children are wholly joyous. Giving His joy is an ongoing process, not in time but in eternity. God’s extending outward, though not His completeness, is blocked when the Sonship does not communicate with Him as one.  So, He thought, “My children sleep and must be awakened.”  
  2. How can you wake children in a more kindly way then by a gentle voice that will not frighten them, but will merely remind them that the night is over, and the light has come? You do not inform them that the nightmares that frightened them so badly are not real, because children believe in magic. You merely reassure them that they are safe now. Then you train them to recognize the difference between sleeping and waking, so they will understand they need not be afraid of dreams. And so, when bad dreams come, they will themselves call on the light to dispel them.
  3. A wise teacher teaches through approach, not avoidance. He does not emphasize what you must avoid to escape from harm, but what you need to learn to have joy. Consider the fear and confusion a child would experience if he were told, “Do not do this because it will hurt you and make you unsafe; but if you do that instead, you will escape from harm and be safe, and then you will not be afraid.” It is surely better to use only three words: “Do only that!”  This simple statement is perfectly clear, easily understood, and very easily remembered.
  4. The Holy Spirit never itemizes errors because He does not frighten children, and those who lack wisdom are children. Yet He always answers their call, and His dependability makes them more certain. Children do confuse fantasy and reality, and they are frightened because they do not recognize the difference. The Holy Spirit makes no distinction among dreams. He merely shines them away. His light is always the call to awaken, whatever you have been dreaming. Nothing lasting lies in dreams, and the Holy Spirit, shining with the light from God Himself, speaks only for what lasts forever.[1]

In the fifth section of The Lessons of Love, Jesus introduces us to the instructional methods of Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher.  He teaches us and then sets us free – happy that we have learned and can be on our own.  Holy Spirit is not an institution which enslaves us and makes our salvation dependent upon it for any longer than it takes to realize our flawlessness.  While we are asleep and believe in what could never be, Holy Spirit teaches us of our own perfection, our worthiness, our reality in God.  When we come to know ourselves as God’s Will, we awaken to the joyousness of His Kingdom.  We can commune with God, not as groveling worshipers, not as bickering, tattle-tale, name-calling siblings, but as beloved and loving Sons.  As one throughout eternity.  This is the goal of Holy Spirit whose only gain is our gain.

Holy Spirit teaches that ongoing joyous communication with God is blocked by taking sides, exclusiveness, and disunity of every kind.  Only in oneness can we experience the joyous communion with God on an ongoing basis in time.  Outside of oneness, we are asleep in the dark dream; in oneness, we are awakened to the joyousness of God. 

God has instilled in us the Voice for God, the gentle voice inside our higher minds that kindly reasons with us, reminds us of our truth, shines His light upon the dim corridors of our mind.  Holy Spirit is sent – not to alarm us, to blare its truth to us in any way that would frighten us, chase us away, or cause us to doubt our sanity.  Slowly and surely, step-by-step and inch-by-inch Holy Spirit assures us of God’s love and devotion, trains us to recognize truth from fiction, darkness from light, enchantment from reality.  Holy Spirit teaches fearlessness for the perceptual world is a dark dream easily dispelled in the light of truth.

In paragraph three, Jesus expounds upon the pedagogy of Holy Spirit.  Holy Spirit’s lessons do not focus on sin, shame, and guilt but rather focuses on how to be happy, how to learn joy.  We do not need a long list of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” to be reborn into God’s Kingdom.  Teaching that makes sense to us, that can be proved and strengthened by practice, and are intuitively recognized as truth do not need threats, curses, and vengeance attached to it. 

Jesus tells us that Holy Spirit never lists our sins and shortcomings. Like the foibles of children, the mistakes we make are easily forgiven.  For when we forgot the knowledge of God, we confused the stories we made up with the real deal.  We lost our way.  We have no way of knowing anything or anybody for we are separate, and our perceptions are awry.  In a realm that makes no ongoing sense or has any ongoing purpose, Holy Spirit makes no distinctions among illusions but merely calls for us to awaken from whatever dream it is that we are dreaming.  It might not be such a bad dream, you may even like it because you have accepted it as your reality and figured this is as good as it gets.  But be assured that your dream, no matter how much you may like it now, will wear thin.  It simply will not last, and Holy Spirit speaks only for that which lasts forever. 

For the next three days we will continue with the three main lessons taught by Holy Spirit:  March 7, we will cover A. To Have, Give All to All; March 8, we will cover B. To Have Peace, Teach Peace to Learn it; and March 9, we will conclude with C. Be Vigilant Only for God and His Kingdom.  I look forward to sharing these lessons with you.  Your emails are always welcome. I so enjoy reading your personal insights and thank you for your love and support.    


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 6 The lessons of love V The lessons of the Holy Spirit 1-4. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

For daily Workbook lessons visit www.i-choose-love.com courtesy of Linda R.

Audio credit: www.eckiefriar.comA

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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