IV. Healing as the Recognition of Truth, P 3
3 The ego does not want to teach everyone all it has learned, because that would defeat its purpose. Therefore it does not really learn at all. The Holy Spirit teaches you to use what the ego has made, to teach the opposite of what the ego has “learned.” The kind of learning is as irrelevant as is the particular ability that was applied to the learning. All you need do is make the effort to learn, for the Holy Spirit has a unified goal for the effort. If different abilities are applied long enough to one goal, the abilities themselves become unified. This is because they are channelized in one direction, or in one way. Ultimately, then, they all contribute to one result, and by so doing, their similarity rather than their differences is emphasized.
I have an ability to write clearly. I use this ability to help us wake up. I have developed the ability to hear the Voice for God. I use that ability to help us wake up. I have the ability to speak effectively. I use that ability to help us wake up. I have the ability to teach, and I use that ability to help us wake up. If I was given the ability of clairvoyance I would use it to help us wake up.
All abilities that are given me are used for the same purpose, just as all circumstances in my life are used for that purpose. Spirit guides me to use all things for the same purpose and this consistency makes them all the same. All my gifts are simply the gift to help achieve the one purpose.
How does this differ from the way the ego uses abilities? The ego sees the abilities as a way to differentiate itself from others. If used by the ego maybe I would use the ability to write as a way to become famous, and the ability to speak as a way to make others smaller so I would seem bigger. Maybe I would use the ability to teach as a way to make a living and if I was clairvoyant, maybe I would use that to prove I was special.
The ego uses everything for different purposes. The gifts have different meanings according to the goal that is to be achieved, and different meanings depending on the person using the gift. The one thing they have in common is that the ego use of gifts always leads to separation and specialness. So no matter how successful the use of the gift, the result inevitably leads away from the Kingdom.