We are not bereft. We are not without God. But we think we are – we believe we are – and the evolution of thought and sense conspire to confirm that we are. So some luminosity – some other power – has to enter in order to liberate us, to restore us to full remembrance of God’s Promise.
Our starting point needs to be the bodies in which we find ourselves – the containers in which what God created seem to be confined and trapped, materially restricted in its capacity to communicate, to extend, love.
It is enough to be attentive to our own garden, without getting into the weeds and flowers and butterflies of another’s.
Bodies, and the world they inhabit, are limitations. Sri Aurobindo called it in the early twentieth century.
Therefore, although it is the rule that when we seek to become aware of the external world, we have to do so indirectly through the sense-0rgans and can experience only so much of the truth about things and men as the senses convey to us, yet this rule is merely the regularity of a dominant habit. It is possible for the mind – and it would be natural for it, if it could be persuaded to liberate itself from its consent to the domination of matter, – to take direct cognisance of the objects of sense without the aid of the sense-organs (The Life Divine 69).
Aurobindo knew that denial of the body was both inefficient and unpractical. Yet our yearning for wholeness – in which all our authenticity as creations of God resounds – demands recognition through expression. The body’s senses couldn’t do it, reason alone couldn’t it. Therefore, he said “some other faculty of experience is necessary by which the demand of our nature can be fulfilled” (68).
This is the Holy Spirit of A Course in Miracles. If we are practicing the course, we are not approaching our lives as if we are its master but rather as students of the Teacher who knows how to translate our experience as bodies into an experience of Love, or what Aurobindo called “the divine life.”
[L]et the Voice for God alone be Judge of what is worthy of your own belief. He will not tell you that your brother should be judged by what your eyes behold in him, nor what his body’s mouth says to your ears, nor what his fingers’ touch reports of him . . . He recognizes only what God loves, and in the holy light of what He sees do all the ego’s dreams of what you are vanish before the splendor He beholds (WpI.151.7:1-2, 4).
This relationship is the cornerstone of living now, and like all relationships deepens and intensifies the more attention we give to it. The lessons of A Course in Miracles are a very practical and manageable means by which to recover and then nurture this relationship. There is nothing else for us to do!
It is tempting to dictate what another’s relationship with the Holy Spirit should look or feel like, but it’s not possible. It is enough to be attentive to our own garden, without getting into the weeds and flowers and butterflies of another’s.
There is nothing esoteric or abstract about the Holy Spirit. We are readily aware of the ego’s interventions and directives – why not give some time to hearing another Voice? The course assures us that such a practice can only yield beneficent results because “all things are echoes of the Voice for God (WpI.151).
To “look” or “be” with the Holy Spirit is simply to give attention to the whole of experience with the willingness to perceive in it only what is true.
Give Him your thoughts, and He will give them back as miracles which joyously proclaim the wholeness and the happiness God wills His Son, as proof of His eternal Love. And as each thought is thus transformed, it takes on healing power from the Mind which saw the truth in it, and failed to be deceived by what was falsely added . . . And what remains is unified into a perfect Thought that offers its perfection everywhere (WpI.151.14:1-2, 4).
All we have to do is turn in this direction – ever so faintly – and all the help we can imagine and more will be added to our humble intent and little willingness (T-6.V.A.6:2, 8-9).
All the Holy Spirit does is remind us we are not alone, not without both means and mentor to help us remember that we are beloved of God, inseparable from Love’s Creation.