III. The Guide to Salvation, P 1
1 The way to recognize your brother is by recognizing the Holy Spirit in him. I have already said that the Holy Spirit is the bridge for the transfer of perception to knowledge, so we can use the terms as if they were related, because in His Mind they are. This relationship must be in His Mind because, unless it were, the separation between the two ways of thinking would not be open to healing. He is part of the Holy Trinity, because His Mind is partly yours and also partly God’s. This needs clarification, not in statement but in experience.
Jesus says the way to recognize my brother is by recognizing the Holy Spirit in him. So how do I do that? What does that mean? I do this by seeing past the ego manifestations. I see with my body’s eyes his body. I see his behavior. I hear his words. But with my heart I see the love he is. With my heart I see that his behavior may represent his ego thinking, but that does not fool me. I know he is not his ego.
I know his attacks and defenses are just calls for love, and behind them the Holy Spirit resides in his mind, unaffected by the ego. I hear his words, and the Holy Spirit in my mind interprets them for me. The Holy Spirit in my mind bridges the imagined distance between brother and brother. I am shown the truth that remains unaffected by the ego confusion.
I look at my brother and I think he is different from me. I perceive a body that is a different gender with all that has come to mean to me. I see this brother as sometimes friend and sometimes enemy. But through the Holy Spirit in our minds, I see past my own perceptions by allowing them to be corrected so they are nearer to the truth. I begin to see our shared being rather than our separate bodies.
The Holy Spirit is a mystery to me. I have ways of thinking of It, but not a real understanding. That doesn’t matter. I don’t need to understand with my thinking mind. What I need is the experience of the Holy Spirit. I get this experience each time I look at another and ask to see him differently. I get this experience of the Holy Spirit each time I have a thought and question it, turning within to Him for a true answer rather than relying on the ego mind.