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The Holy Spirit’s Happy Lessons

The world is an illusion. Those who choose to come to it are seeking for a place where they can be illusions, and avoid their own reality. Yet when they find their own reality is even here, then they step back and let [reality] lead the way. What other choice is really theirs to make? To let illusions walk ahead of truth is madness. But to let illusion sink behind the truth and let the truth stand forth as what it is, is merely sanity.

This is the simple choice we make today. The mad illusion will remain awhile in evidence, for those to look upon who chose to come, and have not yet rejoiced to find they were mistaken in their choice. They cannot learn directly from the truth, because they have denied that it is so. And so they need a Teacher Who perceives their madness, but Who still can look beyond illusion to the simple truth in them. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 155, W-pI.155.2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 155 Insights.)

To believe that we are anything but the infinite, unlimited, timeless Love of God is insane. But our belief that we are separate from Love makes the world we see seem more real than the truth. The choice to be in the world is the choice to deny our true Self and our unity with our Creator. Because of this belief, we need help from a Teacher Who is not deceived by our mistaken belief.

In truth, we are already Love. But we have taught ourselves to deny it so we need to be taught how to let go of this denial. This is the Holy Spirit’s teaching mission. The first step in this process is to teach us that what we have chosen is not bringing us what we really want. Instead of Love, peace and happiness, our choice has brought us fear, conflict and depression. The ego tries to hide these consequences by giving us images that seem appealing on the surface. They seem to give us what we think we want, but soon are recognized to be at best temporary and ultimately empty.

With the Holy Spirit’s help, we forgive these mistaken images as we learn they offer nothing that we really want. With this recognition, our minds open to see past the empty images with the Holy Spirit’s help. Now the Light of Love shines brighter in our mind. We experience deeper levels of peace and increasing happiness. These changes motivate us to practice more, letting the Holy Spirit show us the truth beyond the illusions and learn His happy lessons.

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