ACIM CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 6. The Holy Spirit

ACIM CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 6. The Holy Spirit

1. Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, Whom he called down upon the earth after he ascended into Heaven, or became completely identified with the Christ, the Son of God as He created Him. The Holy Spirit, being a creation of the One Creator, creating with Him, and in His likeness or spirit, is eternal and has never changed. He was “called down upon the earth” in the sense that it was now possible to accept Him and to hear His Voice. His is the Voice for God and has therefore taken form. This form is not His reality, which God alone knows along with Christ, His real Son, Who is part of Him.

2. The Holy Spirit is described throughout the course as giving us the answer to the separation and bringing the plan of the Atonement to us, establishing our particular part in it and showing us exactly what it is. He has established Jesus as the leader in carrying out His plan since he was the first to complete his own part perfectly. All power in Heaven and earth is therefore given him and he will share it with you when you have completed yours. The Atonement principle was given to the Holy Spirit long before Jesus set it in motion.

3. The Holy Spirit is described as the remaining communication link between God and His separated Sons. In order to fulfill this special function the Holy Spirit has assumed a dual function. He knows because He is part of God; He perceived because He was sent to save humanity. He is the great correction principle, the bringer of true perception, the inherent power of the vision of Christ. He is the light in which the forgiven world is perceived; in which the face of Christ alone is seen. He never forgets the Creator or His Creation. He never forgets the Son of God. He never forgets you. And He brings the Love of your Father to you in an eternal shining that will never be obliterated because God has put it there.

4. The Holy Spirit abides in the part of your mind that is part of the Christ Mind. He represents your Self and your Creator, Who are one. He speaks for God and also for you, being joined with both. And therefore it is He Who proves them one. He seems to be a Voice, for in that form He speaks God’s Word to you. He seems to be a Guide through a far country, for you need that form of help. He seems to be whatever meets the needs you think you have. But He is not deceived when you perceive your self entrapped in needs you do not have. It is from these He would deliver you. It is from these that He would make you safe.

5. You are His manifestation in this world. Your brother calls to you to be His Voice along with him. Alone he cannot be the Helper of God’s Son for he alone is functionless. But joined with you he is the shining Savior of the world, Whose part in its redemption you have made complete. He offers thanks to you as well as him for you arose with him when he began to save the world. And you will be with him when time is over, and no trace remains of dreams of spite in which you dance to death’s thin melody. For in its place the hymn to God is heard a little while. And then the Voice is gone, no longer to take form but to return to the eternal Formlessness of God.[1]

Holy Spirit is the only Spirit there is. There can be no unholy spirit for spirit makes us one and in oneness we must be unified, we must be as God our Father for God our Father is Spirit and only in Spirit do we find truth. All that appears to be unholy takes place in form and flesh and fiction – all that appears to be unholy is in opposition to God Who alone is real in the eternal sense of the word. 

Jesus became at one with Spirit; he identified completely with his holiness, his divinity, his Sonship and he manifested the Holy Spirit. While Jesus was the first human to complete his own part perfectly, Jesus is certainly not the lone ranger of salvation. We are not to believe that Jesus is magical, but we are to join with Christ and complete this perfectly, consciously, rationally, and categorically. When we pray to Jesus we are praying to Holy Spirit, when we pray to Holy Spirit, we are praying to the divine within us. Jesus as the manifestation of Holy Spirit showed us the way to find our way out of the illusion, to reverse the big bang, to reestablish the consciousness of unity and oneness with God and with each other. 

In our individual and collective holy practices, we quiet our minds and hearts. Instead of running off to hear this preacher, teacher, or guru, instead of joining a convent, or visiting the places established as holy on the face of the earth – we go to the sanctum within us. Jesus made this possible; Jesus showed us the way. We simply reach for it, we accept it, we no longer live in denial of our yearning for God, our love for God, our love for each other. We are no longer willing to pretend how great it is to be human; how brave we are in the face of decay and death, disease and disaster, how absolutely cruel and vicious our natures apart from Him Who conceived of us and established us in spirit, in truth, in love so absolute there can be no opposite. 

The Holy Spirit is our communication link with God because Holy Spirit is our oneness with God when to all appearances we are not at one with God. As the Savior to humanity, Holy Spirit, our holiness within, our spirit Self – knows we are part of God; and yet we perceive the world because we cannot save humanity if we cannot perceive humanity.  Holy Spirit is not a separate entity from God or Jesus or us – Holy Spirit is Spirit and Spirit is the oneness of the Father, the Son, and all that is and ever will be.  As difficult as this may be for our finite minds to imagine, when we go to the High Mind we know this to be true, we experience this as truth, we remember.  What we remember is beyond words and description.

There is no deceiving the Holy Self. We can lie to ourselves; we can believe that the world is our oyster. We can try to make peace with decay, disease, and death. We may even derive a sense of pride and amusement by our ability to stump the would-be God-seekers and Jesus freaks. But the lies we tell ourselves and the false, futile sense of glee and mockery we settle for is from what Holy Spirit would save us. When we welcome holiness, we are kept safe from all that would oppose God in our lives. Whatever would creep in and blight us and corrupt us, is made known to us and being made known, we can put it on the altar with no sense of sacrifice, no sense of sin and shame. 

Just as Jesus is the manifestation of Holy Spirit in the world, so are we. Alone Jesus has no function. By joining with Him Jesus is the shining Savior of the world – by joining with Him, we are the shining Saviors of the world. We no longer identify as flesh; we identify through the oneness and unity of Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the only Spirit there is.

Today in your personal devotional practice, ask Jesus—as manifestation of Holy Spirit, to let you experience the love and joy and peace, the freedom and liberty of the eternal formlessness of God. While it is not God’s Will that we intoxicate ourselves with the sublime, the holy instants that we do experience serve to free our consciousness from the spitefulness that entraps our perceptions in dreams of disaster and death. In the world we learn to be afraid of Spirit, to think of spirit as divisible—as “good” or “bad” ghosts, to be leery and skeptical of all that we cannot explain with our intellect, our limited and self-centered human perceptions, and our divisive, separate, and varied human experiences. Choosing to perceive the world through the Vision of Christ frees us from all that is unworthy of God’s Son. Identifying ourselves with Jesus and the Holy Spirit teaches us the oneness of Spirit in a way that reintroduces our minds to the love and devotion we naturally have for God.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Clarification of Terms. 6. The Holy Spirit. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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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