Section 7. What is the Holy Spirit?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I love the analogy of the Holy Spirit as a bridge. For a long time, I was unable to completely dispel an image of the Holy Spirit as a person outside myself who would help me remember the truth. I knew this could not be the truth because that would not be oneness, but the concept of separation was so firmly fixed in my mind that this image was the one I had.
An analogy that helped me a lot at that time was one I got from Regina Dawn Akers. She told about a cartoon character, Jimmy Neutron, who was this great inventor. When his friend started having nightmares about being attacked by a giant pickle he invented a machine that would allow him to go into his buddy’s dreams and help him out. When he did this as planned, he had a problem. While in the nightmare his friend did not remember their plan and was afraid and confused when Jimmy showed up. Jimmy dealt with this by using the crazy dream language to communicate in a way that was helpful.
What a great way for me to see the Holy Spirit. Even now I can visualize Him as Jimmy Neutron. Ha ha ha. He comes into my dreams of separation, and using the language and symbols I can understand, he helps me to realize that I am misunderstanding everything I see.
Like Jimmy’s friend, I think a mean giant pickle is threatening me and the Holy Spirit is showing me that the pickle is just asking for love and understanding. And once I calm down, forgive the pickle and offer love, the Holy Spirit can lead me further out of a dream that is so crazy I really believe I could be seriously threatened by a giant pickle (or my beloved brother, or even by my Creator.)
Now that I am a grown up (smile) I am ready to move on from the cartoon character analogy, which, while very useful at the time, still sees the Holy Spirit as a person, apart and separate from me. This is why I like the bridge analogy so much. While in the crazy ego dream I find form symbols helpful to my understanding. I see myself carrying an untrue thought across the Holy Spirit Bridge, and on the other side the lie is transformed and I see the truth.
I might begin with the belief that the neighbor complaining about the water not flowing well through my ditch and threatening to overflow into her yard is attacking me. I remember that when the parish came out to clear the ditch she turned them away because she didn’t like their work and now she wants me to spend money to get it done to her standards. The big bad pickle is after me. Ha ha.
I feel angry and frustrated. I feel trapped because I don’t know how to fend off her attack without making a permanent enemy out of someone I have to live next to for a very long time. I don’t want to spend money in this way. I don’t know how to meet her demands in a way that works for both of us. I have started avoiding her, and that doesn’t feel good either.
I bring this situation and all these feelings to the Holy Spirit Bridge. As I carry them across I begin to feel relief as my load gets lighter. I begin to see in my neighbor the face of Christ. I am no longer fooled by her story because now I remember who she is. What else is there to do but love her?
Funny, I thought the issue was how to get out of doing what she wants and that isn’t the issue at all. She only wants to feel loved and safe, just like me. I am completely willing to love her which I couldn’t do while I still saw her as a threat. I had forgotten that this is not about the ditch, but about remembering my purpose, which is to forgive. I am still unwilling to pay to clean the ditch but I don’t feel afraid to say so, nor do I feel the need to defend that decision. I will ask her if she knows the person with the parish I can contact about it.
I went to the bridge with a problem about ditches and in doing so I realized it was simply a forgiveness matter. Again. I wonder why I keep forgetting. I guess that is the nature of dreams. As I continue to allow my dream story to be unraveled by the Holy Spirit, I will awaken from the crazy ego dream of separation.