What A Course in Miracles calls the “Holy Spirit” is not separate from us. It is not like a teacher in front of a class, or the author of a book who lives across the country. Nor is the Holy Spirit one part of the larger whole we call the self – like a kidney or blue eyes or our obsession with photographing hummingbirds.
In a way, the Holy Spirit is simply a metaphor for the capacity of our mind to be healed. The healed mind is not split – it is not divided between God and self. It is not partial to the world while simultaneously courting Heaven apart from the world It is not frantically studying or meditating in an effort to improve or save itself.
It is at rest because it knows – beyond question – that it is one with what is. Its peace and sureness are in a literal and experiential sense our own.
Increasingly, it is my experience that one makes contact with the Holy Spirit – with the healed mind – simply through attention. For example, as you read, your attention is focused on this text. But if you look up and out the window, it naturally focuses on something else: a cloud, a tree, a robin, a barn.
This capacity to be attentive is not limited to what is external. If we close our eyes, we see that we can be attentive to our anger, our uncertainty, our happiness, our desire.
A student of A Course in Miracles learns by practicing the course that his or her attention does not have to wander aimlessly but can be directed.
You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, and are passively condoning your mind’s miscreations. The particular result does not matter, but the fundamental error does (T-2.VI.4:6-7).
The simplicity of this truth is our liberation. It is the essence of Lesson 34 – we can see peace instead of whatever anguish or sorrow or conflict we perceive. The power of replacement is entirely ours (W-pI.34.6:4).
Nothing has to be given up. Not one single thing in the external world needs to change. As we take responsibility for our attention we begin to experience the sense of peace and happiness that naturally attends those who decline to participate in the false drama of humanity. What is unnecessary will fall away without effort. Our lives will simplify naturally and without sacrifice.
I do not mean to suggest this is easy. But if you are ready to do it, the difficulties will be brief and surmountable. Give attention to attention. When it wanders from peace and joy, bring it back. You have every right – and even an obligation – to do this.
The Holy Spirit – our healed mind – is ever ready to assume its calm and gentle role as our guide. It attacks nothing because it is threatened by nothing. It knows only its relationship with what is holy and beyond words. Its unalterable peace awaits only our willingness to embrace it. Why not now?