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The Holy Spirit’s Lessons in Life

The Holy Spirit’s use of memory is quite apart from time. He does not seek to use it as a means to keep the past, but rather as a way to let it go.

Only the past is held in memory as you make use of it, and so it is a way to hold the past against the now.

Remember nothing that you taught yourself, for you were badly taught. And who would keep a senseless lesson in his mind, when he can learn and can preserve a better one? When ancient memories of hate appear, remember that their cause is gone. …And see, instead, the new effects of cause accepted now, with consequences here. They will surprise you with their loveliness. The ancient new ideas they bring will be the happy consequences of a Cause so ancient that It far exceeds the span of memory which your perception sees.

This is the Cause the Holy Spirit has remembered for you, when you would forget. …It has never changed, because there never was a time in which He did not keep It safely in your mind. (A Course in Miracles, T-28.I.5:1-2;6:7;7:1-3,7-9;8:1,3. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)


The ego uses memory to hold illusions of the past in our mind. These illusions are used as the basis to interpret what we perceive in the present. This insures the ego’s continuity by keeping the choice for separation active. Separation would instantly disappear if the present weren’t covered over by the ego’s images of separation.

Beyond the past, which the ego hangs on to, is the memory of our Creation in the timelessness of eternal Love. It is this memory the Holy Spirit holds in our mind, insuring that we can never lose our eternal connection with our Cause. This is literally our lifeline, for it is the link to the Source of Life. This Life is not of the body. It is the Life that is changeless Love, continually extending Itself with Its joy and peace.

The Holy Spirit’s mission is to help us remember this ancient memory of our changelessness Reality. Our willingness to bring all our perceptions to Him for His reinterpretation welcomes His lessons in Life to replace the ego’s lessons of death.

We choose to welcome the Holy Spirit’s interpretations today.

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