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Although God cannot conceive of His Sons as anything but the perfection He created, He is aware that He cannot communicate His joy to them when they sleep in dreams of separation. Jesus tells us: “What God does know is that His communication channels are not open to Him, so that He cannot impart His joy and know that His children are wholly joyous. Giving His joy is an ongoing process, not in time but in eternity. God’s extending outward, though not His completeness, is blocked when the Sonship does not communicate with Him as one. so He thought, ‘My children sleep and must be awakened.’ “ (1:5-8)
The Kingdom of God is all inclusive and whole, one and never changing. The ego thought system perceives a world of separate bodies which are imperfect, incomplete and constantly changing. The wholeness and perfection of God are as incomprehensible to the mind that believes in imperfection as imperfection and unhappiness are incomprehensible to the Mind of God. We are seeing here the challenge of trying to communicate between two mutually exclusive thought systems.
God gave us a Teacher Who is always in our mind, Whose sole purpose is to help us awaken. “...He teaches only to make you equal with Him.” (1:1) As we go through our day, we can practice being aware that our Teacher is right there in our mind, waiting for the opportunity to help us perceive the truth of our Reality. “The Holy Spirit makes no distinction among dreams. He merely shines them away.” (4:4-5) As we develop the habit of paying attention to our inner Teacher, we accelerate our awakening and return to joy. His consistency reassures us that we are safe. As we practice listening to the Holy Spirit’s teaching, we learn to recognize the difference between illusion and reality, sleeping and waking.
The Holy Spirit teaches by guiding us to what is helpful for our healing, giving us clear direction about how to perceive the world. He is gentle and does not make lists of our errors as the ego would to reinforce our guilt. Rather, He shines His Light on our perceptions to show us a new vision that helps us recognize the illusion of separation and the reality of Love so we can experience God’s joy.
If we are not in joy, we have blocked our communication with Him. It is the Holy Spirit Who helps us release our false perceptions to reopen our communication channel to God’s joy. “... The Holy Spirit, shining with the Light from God Himself, speaks only for what lasts forever.” (4:7)
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