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Following Holy Spirit Is the Key to Peace

To follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance is to let yourself be absolved of guilt. It is the essence of the Atonement. It is the core of the curriculum. The imagined usurping of functions not your own is the basis of fear.

Who assumes a power that he does not possess is deceiving himself. Yet to accept the power given him by God is but to acknowledge his Creator and accept His gifts. And His gifts have no limit. To ask the Holy Spirit to decide for you is simply to accept your true inheritance. Does this mean that you cannot say anything without consulting Him? No, indeed! That would hardly be practical, and it is the practical with which this course is most concerned. If you have made it a habit to ask for help when and where you can, you can be confident that wisdom will be given you when you need it. Prepare for this each morning, remember God when you can throughout the day, ask the Holy Spirit’s help when it is feasible to do so, and thank Him for His guidance at night. And your confidence will be well founded indeed. (A Course in Miracles, M-29.3:3-6;5)

The key to peace is to let the Holy Spirit decide everything for us. Deciding anything based on the belief in being an individual, separate identity guarantees guilt. The ego’s goal is to deny the oneness of our true Self. This is an attack on our reality making guilt inevitable. Without accepting the help of the Holy Spirit, we would be stuck in the hell of attack and defend, guilt and punishment.

God answered the mistaken belief in separation with the Holy Spirit, Whose function is to decide everything on behalf of the true Self we all are. The ego defends against this choice to follow because it perceives it as a threat to its existence. On this it is correct, for the ego’s existence depends upon our continuing belief in the seeming reality of separation.

The practice of asking the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the day undoes our mistaken belief. As our belief in separation weakens, the ego’s seeming strength fades. When we choose the Holy Spirit as our Guide, we choose to extend Love. We choose to return to our awareness of our one Self, the Son of God. We let go of all limits on Love’s expression through us when we relinquish making decisions on our own. This is how we accept our inheritance of all of God’s Love, peace and joy.

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