VII. Creation and Communication, P 3
3 In contrast, spirit reacts in the same way to everything it knows is true, and does not respond at all to anything else. Nor does it make any attempt to establish what is true. It knows that what is true is everything that God created. It is in complete and direct communication with every aspect of creation, because it is in complete and direct communication with its Creator. This communication is the Will of God. Creation and communication are synonymous. God created every mind by communicating His Mind to it, thus establishing it forever as a channel for the reception of His Mind and Will. Since only beings of a like order can truly communicate, His creations naturally communicate with Him and like Him. This communication is perfectly abstract, since its quality is universal in application and not subject to any judgment, any exception or any alteration. God created you by this and for this. The mind can distort its function, but it cannot endow itself with functions it was not given. That is why the mind cannot totally lose the ability to communicate, even though it may refuse to utilize it on behalf of being.
What I do when I talk is so far from communication as it is meant to be that they are hardly related at all. I think I will be communicating when I talk to people today. I will talk to my boss when I get to work. There are things I will say to him about work. I will police my words so that they are close to what he wants to hear, because I am using them to gain his approval and secure my job. This is not communication as described here. It is not complete and direct communication.
I will talk to my team members, the small group of us that work in sales. I will share with them on a different level. I won’t be as careful with my words as I am with my boss, but my words will have a specific purpose. I will share something of my personal life and ask about theirs. I want to build a sense of camaraderie with them. I want them to have a pleasant feeling when they think of me so they will be willing to help when I need them. I like the feeling of friendship, too. It makes me feel part of something. This is not communication either. It is specific to this group of people and has a specific purpose. It is not universally applicable and is subject to judgment.
How I speak to the other people in the office is different as well. They are not part of our group. We are in competition in small ways. For instance, there is just so much money to go around and they want it for operations, and we want it for sales. We would like to have tablets instead of the cumbersome laptops we now use, but if they use the money for their own equipment then we can’t have our tablets. Also, they have a different boss and so they do things differently. Another difference is that I don’t need as much help from them, nor do I have as much influence regardless of how I communicate with them. So I communicate differently with this group of people.
The level of communication, what I say to them, how often I speak, the tone of voice I use, every part of communication is specific to the people I am speaking to. It is all based on what I want from this particular person, or how I categorize them. The subject under discussion makes a difference as well. Some things I talk about freely, and other things will cause me to be more guarded. Certain words or ideas when expressed will trigger the desire to defend and attack.
In true communication there are none of these differences. It is hard for me to imagine communication that is not specific, however I saw as I was writing this that I am very slowly coming closer to true communication. Once in a while, when my boss says something that feels unfair or threatening to me, I disregard that feeling, and respond in love.
I have developed sincere feelings of care and kindness for the members of my team and gratitude for the other people who work for us, and not because they are useful to me, but because I have, through my study and practice of the Course, deepened my connection to others. I feel the oneness a little more as I let go of separateness with its competiveness and defenses. I am excited to go to work this morning and open my heart to the Holy Spirit while I talk to my co-workers. I love the idea of spirit communicating through me rather than ego and look forward to experiencing the difference.
I am a long way from true communication, but I am closer than I used to be and my desire for awakening is motivation to be vigilant for opportunities to remove the blocks to communication. It is true that I have distorted my innate ability to truly communicate, but God created me by this and for this and so I can recover my ability to communicate fully. I am intrigued that true communication is synonymous with creation. I am willing to return my mind to God and I long to remember what it is to truly create.