II. The Voice for God, P 8
8 The Holy Spirit is your Guide in choosing. He is in the part of your mind that always speaks for the right choice, because He speaks for God. He is your remaining communication with God, which you can interrupt but cannot destroy. The Holy Spirit is the way in which God’s Will is done on earth as it is in Heaven. Both Heaven and earth are in you, because the call of both is in your mind. The Voice for God comes from your own altars to Him. These altars are not things; they are devotions. Yet you have other devotions now. Your divided devotion has given you the two voices, and you must choose at which altar you want to serve. The call you answer now is an evaluation because it is a decision. The decision is very simple. It is made on the basis of which call is worth more to you.
Jesus is helping us to understand what the Holy Spirit is to us. He is the Truth that is in our minds. He is the Voice that speaks that truth. He is the Healer that corrects our thinking and so brings our will back into alignment with God’s Will, and so His Will is done on earth as it is in Heaven. The Holy Spirit is completely safe from our illusions, and while we can refuse to listen to Him, we can’t destroy Him.
Jesus also defines altars as he uses the term, at least to the degree that he explains that the altars are not things, but devotions. He says the Holy Spirit comes from my own altars to Him, but that I also have other altars now. So it seems that I am devoted to the Holy Spirit, but within this illusory experience of separation, I am also devoted to other things. This would help explain why I am so conflicted and uncertain in my life.
We are told that we cannot serve two masters. I must make a decision about who I will serve, or at which altar I will devote myself. I choose the Holy Spirit right now, and even if it seems during the day that I have chosen some other devotion, my true devotion is to God. I am fully willing to become aware of any mistaken belief that there is something else to which I could be devoted. I am fully willing to release my devotion from any of those false altars and am happy to do so as I become aware of them.
I have been aware of my devotion to specialness. I choose certain people to be special to me and expect them to treat me as if I am special to them. When it doesn’t happen, or I don’t see enough signs that they think I am special, I become unhappy. I feel unworthy and then project and make them guilty. This is an altar I have been devoted to all my life, and there is a part of me that is afraid to give it up.
The ego mind really believes that if no one sees me special, that does mean I am unworthy. This is an altar I am ready to let go of. It is not possible that God’s creation could be unworthy. Holy Spirit, I give this belief to you and ask that you heal my mind. I gladly accept the Atonement for this. I desire only one altar in my mind, and that this altar be You.