ACIM Workbook 7. What Is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth. . ³Across the bridge that He provides are dreams all carried to the truth, to be dispelled before the light of knowledge
7. What Is the Holy Spirit?
1. The Holy Spirit mediates between illusions and the truth. ²Since 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. ³Across the bridge that He provides are dreams all carried to the truth, to be dispelled before the light of knowledge. ⁴There are sights and sounds forever laid aside. ⁵And where they were perceived before, forgiveness has made possible perception’s tranquil end.
2. The goal the Holy Spirit’s teaching sets is just this end of dreams. ²For sights and sounds must be translated from the witnesses of fear to those of love. ³And when this is entirely accomplished, learning has achieved the only goal it has in truth. ⁴For 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.
These stories we think of as our lives are just the projection of beliefs from our minds. They are the stories of separation we wanted to experience when we had that tiny mad idea. In that instant, God gave us the Answer, the Correction for our stories and that is what we call the Holy Spirit. God could not join us in our insanity or He would be as insane as us. So, He placed in our mind the Holy Spirit, a representation of His Love, His Voice that would act as a bridge from fantasy to reality.
As we dream of death, the Holy Spirit guides us to Life. He corrects our thoughts and shows us another way to perceive. His perceptions are very close to the truth and allow us to shift gently from time into eternity. I generally think of the Holy Spirit as the Correction to our stories, but a bridge is a very helpful image when thinking of the Holy Spirit.
I see myself standing on one side of the bridge and being shown that my thinking is keeping me there. I ask the Holy Spirit for another way to see, and accepting His correction, I walk a few steps toward the other side of the bridge. I do this often and I will wind up on the side that stands at the gates of Heaven. At first, there is a lot of shuffling back and forth and hesitancy, but as I continue to follow His directions and accept His healing, the journey becomes tranquil and easy.
3. 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. ²The Holy Spirit understands the means you made, by which you would attain what is forever unattainable. ³And 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.
4. 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. ²Without forgiveness will your dreams remain to terrify you. ³And the memory of all your Father’s Love will not return to signify the end of dreams has come.
I don’t consciously feel frightened of God anymore, but I suppose I must still have some fear, or I wouldn’t still be here. Jesus wants us to know we have nothing to fear from God, that He loves us and welcomes us Home. He wants us to know that we are innocent of sin and all its fearful images. We can be done with this if we so choose. The Holy Spirit understands what we have done in an attempt to make a world of our own. He will use this world to restore our minds to our true Home if we let Him.
We must forgive our dreams and the Holy Spirit is the means by which we do this. When we allow Him to teach us that our dreams of sin are not real, we will let them go. The memory of Who we are will return to us. The memory of our Father and our Home will return to us.
5. Accept your Father’s gift. ²It is a Call from Love to Love, that It be but Itself. ³The Holy Spirit is His gift, by which the quietness of Heaven is restored to God’s beloved Son. ⁴Would you refuse to take the function of completing God, when all He wills is that you be complete?
The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us. He gave us the Holy Spirit so that He could restore us to Heaven. Our function is to complete God and that is His Will for us. The Holy Spirit guarantees our function is complete if we allow Him to do this for us. Any time I notice that I am thinking with the ego, I ask the Holy Spirit to correct my thinking and I ask Him to show me a different way to see. In this way, I accept God’s gift to me and I am grateful.
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