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Receiving Inner Guidance


How do we know that we are receiving the voice of Spirit or ego?

The voice of Spirit is always gentle, non-judgmental and non-analytical. If there is blaming or punishment in the communication, it is not Spirit, but ego instead.

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When I go to Holy Spirit, I don’t hear anything. Am I doing something wrong?

There is no wrong way to do it. Talking with Holy Spirit can be as easy and natural as breathing. We are just learning to be patient and to trust.

Sometimes, when we feel fear or resistance, the voice of Holy Spirit can’t be welcomed in at that moment, but can come through once we are relaxed. The voice may show up in various forms, such as talking with others; reading a book or watching a movie.

If we hold the question in our minds, Holy Spirit can come through; we might be in the shower, washing dishes or even while driving a car or some other activity. We just have to give Holy Spirit our willingness and the answer will come when Holy Spirit knows it is the perfect time for us to receive it.

The Holy Spirit does not always come through as a Voice. Guidance can be received as a visual in the mind (some people “see” words, pictures and/or symbols), or an inner knowing that isn’t a voice but simply an experience of Truth. Sometimes, it is helpful to rephrase the question; Instead of asking, what should I do, you might ask: What is this for?

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My thoughts keep jumping from one thing to another; I can’t stand being still. Do you have any suggestions?

Sometimes, just listening to a guided meditation, a meditation that will quiet the body, or watching our breath, can help to still us as we learn to practice being still. Writing can help a busy mind focus and allow the answer to come through clearly and completely. Keeping the body busy by walking or doing some mindless task can help.

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Why can’t we go straight to God? Why do we need to go through the Holy Spirit?

The Course says that the fear of God is the underlying experience of the separated ones, which is why the Holy Spirit was given us to serve as the bridge to God while we are in the illusion; Holy Spirit is God’s Voice, presented in a form that is just perfect for us at this time. Our experience of fearful religious teachings around God has been an effect of the separation.

If you are comfortable using the word God then by all means, do so. We have a legion of Helpers that for a time take many names because that seems to be what is needed at the time, but in truth they are all One. The Holy Spirit is the Helper that has been provided for us, the gentle Guide and Healer, but it doesn’t matter what name we use.

God does not enter the dream with us because this would make the dream real, but has given us the Holy Spirit who holds the double function of being aware of our dream while not believing in it, and being aware at the same time, of our true Self. Thus He is able to bridge the illusion to the truth.

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What can I do if someone I love is resistant to healing? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit in me can reach into another mind and heal them if they are resistant?

When we are willing to heal ourselves, we are healing for the whole Sonship. If a loved one asks us for help, our job is to ask Holy Spirit how we can be most helpful. Sometimes the answer might simply be to look at our own judgments about that loved one’s resistance; another time it might be to offer a kind word or a smile. The Course says we are of One Mind and God is All in All.

There is only one mind and so it is possible to heal another by healing that which we are aware of. A passage from the Course says:

“But it is you who have the power to dominate all things you see by merely recognizing what you are. As you perceive the harmlessness in them, they will accept your holy will as theirs.”

So my awareness of the problem means I am to heal it. I can do this by asking that my mind be healed since there is no difference between my mind and someone else’s. A helpful prayer might be to ask the Holy Spirit to come into my mind and undo what has been done. The other person will receive the answer to that prayer in a way that is helpful to them and as they are ready to receive it.

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