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Holy Spirit’s Motivation for Mind Healing

All who believe in separation have a basic fear of retaliation and abandonment. They believe in attack and rejection, so that is what they perceive and teach and learn. These insane ideas are clearly the result of dissociation and projection. What you teach you are, but it is quite apparent that you can teach wrongly, and can therefore teach yourself wrong. Many thought I was attacking them, even though it was apparent I was not. An insane learner learns strange lessons. What you must recognize is that when you do not share a thought system, you are weakening it. Those who believe in it therefore perceive this as an attack on them. This is because everyone identifies himself with his thought system, and every thought system centers on what you believe you are. If the center of the thought system is true, only truth extends from it. But if a lie is at its center, only deception proceeds from it.

All good teachers realize that only fundamental change will last, but they do not begin at that level. Strengthening motivation for change is their first and foremost goal. It is also their last and final one. Increasing motivation for change in the learner is all that a teacher need do to guarantee change. Change in motivation is a change of mind, and this will inevitably produce fundamental change because the mind is fundamental. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.V.B.1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The foundation of the ego thought system is the belief that separation is real. It is the belief that the impossible is possible. Thus the ego is fundamentally insane. Out of its insane belief, the ego thought system has built a world that reflects its insanity. It is the logical outcome of its belief in what is real. Yet founded on a false premise, all its logic leads to false results.

Our only problem is that we have accepted the false foundation of the ego thought system. The Holy Spirit’s mission, then, is to teach us that we do not really want the ego and its false thought system. Our identification with the ego, which we made by our belief, makes us defensive of its foundation. Were we to accept that the foundation of the thought system we have accepted is false, we would lose what we believe is our identity. This is terrifying because we believe it is our death.

As the Teacher of truth, the Holy Spirit must help us see that what we have accepted as true is false. It is not what we really want. This is the first step in motivating us to be open for a change of mind. The next step shows us that the truth offers us what we really want — peace of mind, indescribable joy and eternal Love.

A Course in Miracles is a means the Holy Spirit uses to motivate us to choose Love instead of fear, peace instead of conflict and joy instead of depression. These are God’s gifts to us, eternally ours. We need only undo the fundamental belief in separation for us to claim the gifts that have always been ours.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit to decide all things on our behalf. His decisions will always be for the oneness of Love.

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