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Step Back From What You Seem to Perceive

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Remember that the body’s senses were made to exclude reality. The body, being an illusion itself, can only perceive illusions. Learn not to try to interpret on your own what the body’s senses show you. What they show you is a mask, a veil, a cover-up made to hide the truth. The Holy Spirit must be your Guide in all things while you believe you are in this world. He sees what you see, but believes it not. He knows of your oneness with God and will help you see that by reinterpreting the images that were made to hide.

In every moment, step back from what you seem to see or perceive. As you practice letting Holy Spirit be your interpreter in all things, the seeming complexity of the ego’s dream will fade. You will find your certainty increasing. This certainty that comes with following the Holy Spirit’s guidance is based on the changelessness of God. And what could be more certain than that? Trust becomes easy as you remember that what you are trusting in is all that is certain because you are trusting in God. As has been said before, let all your doing be an exercise in the practice of stepping back and letting Holy Spirit be your Guide, your Interpreter in all things. This is a path of peace that leads you Home to perfect happiness and Love eternal.

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  At a time when everything appears to be changing, it is helpful to remember that you are in Holy Spirit’s school. It is important to remember that the Holy Spirit is your Teacher and Guide. It is important to remember that you are the student and the Holy Spirit is the Teacher. When you remember you are in a school and that you have a Teacher to guide you, you do not make assumptions on your own about what anything means in the world. Instead of deciding on your own what any circumstance means, you step back. You wait and listen. You allow yourself to be taught. You remember that believing in the world is just a reinforcement of pure insanity.

You watch the comings and goings of the events in the world, with their constant change, with Holy Spirit. You allow the Holy Spirit’s peace to infuse your mind with a sense of safety. You place your trust in the Holy Spirit and not in the things of the world. You accept the Holy Spirit’s feeling of calmness and consistency and knowing that everything is all right, no matter what the dream looks like. You join with Holy Spirit’s view of the world and remember that waking up from the dream is the only meaningful purpose of the world.

From the Holy Spirit you receive God’s peace and extend God’s peace. You receive God’s Love and extend God’s Love. You receive God’s joy and happiness and extend the happiness and joy of God. Know that this is your true purpose. You know too much to be attracted by the ego’s valuing of the valueless. You feel secure and strong as you anchor yourself in Holy Spirit’s state of awareness. You know there is nothing to fear. All you want is to consistently step back and follow Holy Spirit’s lead, moment by moment.

With Holy Spirit you are not attracted to place your trust in anything in the world. You place your trust in God, not in the shifting sands of the ego’s merry-go-round. You feel an inner happiness. You still see the ups and downs, the winning and losing of the ego’s ride, but you do not take it seriously. You happily remember that it is a dream, and this is not your true Home. You feel truly grateful that you can be of service to the Holy Spirit’s plan of atonement. You know that everything that appears to be showing up in the dream can be used by the Holy Spirit for awakening and you choose to stick with Holy Spirit now.

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Our Only Meaningful Purpose Is to Awaken from the Dream

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  What is our purpose? Why are we dreaming that we are here in this seeming world of separate bodies with separate minds? What is the purpose of the world as defined by the Holy Spirit, and what is our true purpose while it appears that we are here?

We are now learning that our only meaningful purpose is to awaken from the dream of individuality and join with our brothers to do the same. We now know that as we join with our brothers, we are really joining ourselves, for we don’t go Home alone. We are learning that we are one, not many. The simplicity of awakening to the truth is evident as we give our minds over to the Holy Spirit to be purified of all insane ideas of separation.

Because we have joined with an insane thought system, we now know that we need to listen in quiet to our true Self, Who will bring us out of our insanity. We cannot do it on our own. We must be willing to recognize all our private, individual opinions and hand them over to the Holy Spirit to be shown their meaninglessness. We have valued the valuless and now we need a Teacher Who will show us where all true value lies. It takes our consistent willingness to be shown the difference between what is really valueless and what is truly valuable. We are trainable. We are willing to learn from our inner Teacher Who is always there in our minds, waiting for us to be quiet and receptive.

Now we know that this is what time is for — to let our minds be purified of all the confusion and conflict found in the ego’s state of mind. As we are willing, the Holy Spirit helps us undo this confusion, which brings us peace of mind.

The Holy Spirit also will shows us how to be truly helpful in an insane world where separate interests are thought to mean anything. It is the Holy Spirit That will show us the reality of our oneness behind the senseless images of differences the ego formulates. It is the Holy Spirit That awakens us to the truth in a way that helps everyone lost in thinking the dream of individuality is real.

Now we know that our one job is to step back and wait on insight from the one Self That knows how to be truly helpful in every situation. When allowed into our minds, the Holy Spirit always paves the way to true and lasting happiness, to accepting our inheritance as a Son of God.

We are God’s One Son, ready and willing to let our minds be healed of all our wild imaginings of individuality. We would follow; we would not lead. We are willing to do it Your way, Holy Spirit, not our own. In order to do it Your way, we know we must be still and listen. We are ready and willing to do this now.

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Shifting Your Allegiance from Ego to Holy Spirit’s Vision

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Remember that the ego is the thought of separation. All it can do is make up separate images. It “thinks” in images and cannot conceive of formless limitlessness. So as you practice opening to Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the ego will always attempt to interpret His inspiration in terms of images. Then, because the images the ego makes have no real substance, the ego tries to latch on to the images it makes and is unwilling to let them change. This is how the ego tries to establish stability in the unstable dreams it makes.

Your job as you practice letting Holy Spirit guide you is to stay soft with the images of the world. As A Course in Miracles says, the Holy Spirit sees the images of the world but does not believe them. You must do the same in order to follow Holy Spirit’s guidance. This is a completely different way of being in the world than you have taught yourself as you identified with the ego. You are shifting your allegiance from the ego thought system to the Holy Spirit’s Vision. Of course this takes practice.

You have spent eons practicing the ego’s way of thinking in order to make it real. Because it is not real, this takes great effort. The good news is that because the Holy Spirit’s Vision sees what is real, it takes no effort to see what He sees. The only effort needed is to break an old, tired, worn and threadbare habit that does not serve you. This current activity that you seem to be engaged in of moving your offices is a great exercise in which to practice breaking the old habit. You want to break the habit because deep within you know it is the means to freedom and perfect happiness.

As you see yourself attaching to an image, thinking it represents Holy Spirit’s guidance, practice keeping a gentle touch, a light grasp on the image. Keep an open mind to allow for the image to change. You are still functioning in the world of images. The guidance of the Holy Spirit will be represented in images. Your job is to not try on your own to define the images that represent Holy Spirit’s Vision. They will unfold and come into focus in perfect timing. The Holy Spirit can see in all directions, knowing how everyone is affected, past, present and future, and will guide you in a way that serves the salvation of the world. Of yourself you cannot possibly know this. But as you move in harmony with the Holy Spirit, every step will bless you and the world. It is a joyous journey.

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  With all of this, practice staying soft. Allow yourself to remember it is a dream and the only value that the Holy Spirit gives to the dream is its service to the awakening. As you allow your mind to shift from the ego’s frame of reference, you are gently brought to the Holy Spirit’s orientation, which is of wholeness, oneness.

You are most helpful when you stay soft, relaxed and gentle every step of the way. In the Course you are reminded that you can reflect Heaven here. You reflect Heaven as you practice taking every circumstance for Its perspective. You are reminded now to let go of the past, let go of the future and allow yourself to be in the eternal present. Give yourself the gift of allowing yourself to soak in Holy Spirit’s “Jacuzzi” of remembering the truth of your true Identity and the Identity of the whole Sonship. This will be of immeasurable help in teaching you how to approach each moment of this dream script which is full of change.

Stay relaxed. Stay open to Holy Spirit’s guidance. Continue to choose peace. When fear thoughts come up, and they will, you need not keep them. You can hand them over right away to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows how to remove the impurities from your mind. When you are troubled by anything, continue to practice stepping back and not deciding what anything means on your own. This practice will carry you through every perceived roadblock as you fulfill your function in the Holy Spirit’s plan of awakening the Sonship from the dream. Stay relaxed. Know that you have all the help you need. Remember you are not alone. Remember, “God is my strength. Vision is His gift.” Amen

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Holy Spirit Is the Problem Solver, Not You

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  As concerns come up regarding any part of the move, remember not to try to solve them on your own. Develop the strong habit of handing every concern over to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the problem solver, not you.

Step back many times a day, if needed, and let yourself be reminded that you are eternal Spirit and are not limited by a body. Let yourself be reminded that this story you are in is a dream story and when placed it in the Holy Spirit’s gentle Hands, it always leads to awakening to the truth. The Holy Spirit always leads to peace. The Holy Spirit always leads to a feeling of well being and quiet inner joy. If there is anything you want to focus on to wake up, it is this:

I will step back and let Him lead the way. I will not decide what anything means on my own. I would let my mind be purified of all ego thoughts. I would follow; I would not lead.

Practice this consistently every day and you will be returned to the awareness of Heaven. This is where your happiness lies. This is your inheritance. You are being called to return to the awareness of Heaven. In reality you are there now, but you are not aware of it right now. If you practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit be in charge of your mind, everything you really want, from Holy Spirit’s perspective, will show up in perfect timing. This is your answer to every concern. Amen.

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Throughout your day, stay in peace and ask in each moment, “Holy Spirit, what would you have me do? What would you have me say and to whom?” With this practice, you are keeping Holy Spirit in the driver’s seat and you will be letting yourself be carried. You will be in ease because you will be letting the strength of God in you do all that needs to be done. Strain is always a sign that you have decided you are on your own and have denied God’s strength in you. Let that be simply a reminder to return to peace. Let this be the pattern of your every day.

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Who Am I and Where Am I In Truth?

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  At times when there is a lot of change, it is particularly helpful to be open to remembering Who you are and Where you are in truth. The false stories of a separated world may pull and tug at you until all hope of maintaining your peace feels lost. What are you in truth? You are an extension of God’s Love. You are not a body. You are free. You are still as God created you. Where are you? You are Love in the Mind of Love and nowhere else.

The dream of individuality may seem to close in on you and it may seem very difficult to remember that you are in Heaven now and that you have no needs. You have been given all of God by God. There is nothing else. Dreams may seem very attractive and very beckoning. You may get lost in them again and again. There will be a time when you are ready to learn that the Truth of What you are is true and nothing else is true. Deluded fantasies of the ego, deluded fantasies of separate bodies with separate lives that live for a while and then die could never be real.

Until you are ready to come to the Truth unafraid, you will feel lost and alone and needy. This need not be. You are in Heaven now and all your real needs are being met right now. Take time to rest in the truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you out of dreams. As you let the Holy Spirit be in charge of your mind, you will realize that you have everything you need and that following Holy Spirit’s plan will bring you the happiness and peace you seek. The Holy Spirit, as you are willing, will awaken you from the false dreams of individual bodies. Everything you need is given you. Celebrate and be glad. Amen.

Holy Spirit through Sharyn:
  Rest in His Love and allow yourself to be carried. Come to Me and I will tell you what is best for you. Decide nothing on your own. Your one and only job is to rest in the peace of God. Read the chapter, “I am here only to be truly helpful.” Amen.

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Remember you already rest in God. It is not something you must strive for or achieve. Its an eternal fact. You are unaware of this only because you have chosen to identify with the dream of separation. Now you have an opportunity to take great strides in moving toward full awareness of Where you always are in truth. In every moment let every step be guided by your true Self, Who remembers What you are. With this practice you will know you are carried. You will move forward in peace and joy. Amen.

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Let the Holy Spirit Drive the Bus

Holy Spirit through Mary:  Remember you are not a body.  You are free. You are still as God created you. You are eternal Spirit, unlimited by time and space.

When you find yourself taking the dream too seriously, step back once again. Let the Holy Spirit take you to the truth. Let the Holy Spirit fill you with a sense of peace. Let yourself remember that you have no needs that are not being met by the Holy Spirit. Let yourself remember that you are being carried and that the Holy Spirit is driving the bus. You are the passenger. By consistently choosing peace, you stay on Holy Spirit’s bus. You choose the ego’s bus when you choose the ego’s values based on separate interests. On Holy Spirit’s bus, there is only one purpose and that is the return to the truth.

Only oneness is real, one Spirit of Love. Give yourself the time to rest in the truth as often as possible. Remember, we are one Light, there is no distance between us. We are one mind, the Mind of Love. Anything else is illusion. Ask of everything, what is it for? Is it for the Holy Spirit’s purpose of awakening to the truth? Or, is it for the ego’s purpose of maintaining the illusion of separate bodies with separate minds? You are always choosing between these two purposes. You awaken to the reality of oneness as you are willing to let the illusion of separation go.

The mistaken idea of separation’s reality gently falls away as your willingness increases. This is the purpose of time — the undoing of the belief in time and distance and differences. With Holy Spirit you are led gently and easily to your unlimited Reality. Give time to the Holy Spirit and He will carry you to the awareness that you are in Heaven now. In Holy Spirit’s Hands, time is used as a blessing and not a curse. The happy dream of awakening gently brings us all Home to What Is. Keep an open mind to receive Holy Spirit’s inspiration, moment by moment.

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  Hold My Hand in every moment. Let me be your rock, your foundation upon which your church is built. Your church is not a physical structure. It is not a thought system or doctrine. Rather, it is the expression of What you are. It is the expression of Love. Love is eternal and changeless. That is why it must be your foundation. And because Love is one and All that Is, Love is not only your foundation, it is everything.

You are looking at what appears to be a change in outer circumstances and a change in the form of the way your function is expressed. This is because the time has come to be more inclusive. The time has come for others to join in the expression of the church, which is the expression of Love. Forms will be given this expression in a world that can only understand form. Always this form must serve the Holy Spirit’s purpose. It must always serve the extension of Love. All form is meaningless of itself because form is illusion. Never forget this, for if you do, you will make forms your gods. And these forms will no longer serve Holy Spirit’s plan.

As Holy Spirit’s messengers, your job is to hold Holy Spirit’s hand in every step and to insure that the forms remain in the service of Holy Spirit’s plan. This is how the church is built upon a rock. When the form becomes a god, the foundation turns to sand. Instability and fear sets in, for the ego is in charge. All who choose to join together in building this church must share in the dedication and commitment to putting Holy Spirit’s plan first and foremost. Then all are sharing in one purpose. Then all recognize we are one Self and our interests are the same. Holy Spirit’s plan cannot fail because the strength of God is in it. All you need do is accept that His Will is yours, which it has always been in truth.

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Are You Being Guided In the Present Moment?

Holy Spirit through Mary:
  Right now it is helpful for you to stay in the present moment. What presents itself in this present moment? How are you being guided in this present moment? Open your mind to the fact that the Holy Spirit is with you right now, guiding you right now in what is most truly helpful. Observe when your mind jumps to the past or the future. Watch these thoughts with Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to bring you insight into what is most helpful right now.

In times of change, there can be a temptation to jump into the future and prognosticate possible future events. Remember that you are on Holy Spirit’s bus of returning to the Truth. The Holy Spirit is bringing you to the awareness that you are in Heaven now. The Holy Spirit is bringing you to the awareness that you are pure Spirit and that you remain as you were created — pure Love.

So take care of what is right before you and let the future take care of itself. Hand your mind over to the Holy Spirit to be purified of all ego thoughts. Let all these thoughts be undone by the Holy Spirit as He shows you they are merely foolish fantasies. You are safe in Heaven now. Let that be your mantra now. As you open to the fact that you are safe in Heaven now, you also realize the whole Sonship is safe in Heaven now. Here you are in peace. Here you feel God’s safety and joy and total union with all That is. Practice today, again and again, remembering where you are in truth and where your safety lies. This is how to be most helpful. In this place of safety and trust, you will automatically be shown how to be most helpful in this dream world of separate bodies.

Holy Spirit through Robert:
  What is always of value is seeing the Love you are everywhere. That means seeing the face of Christ in all your brothers. It means accepting the strength of God in you. It means accepting that all your needs are met. You have but one real need, and that is Love. And Love has only one need and that is to extend Itself.

As you identify with Love, you identify with your Self. The more you see yourself as Love, the more you see the world as Love. And the more you see Love’s peace, happiness and abundance reflected in the images of the world. Remember, the world you see is merely a reflection of what you believe. When you believe you are Love, you see your Self reflected everywhere. Love knows that harm is impossible. So Love is never in a hurry. There is no sense of loss nor concern for potential loss. Love is whole and cannot be divided. That is why perfect safety is a characteristic of Love.

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