The Holy Spirit existed since the beginning of time, before the Earth came into form. The energy of the Holy Spirit manifests in different words and forms in all the major religions of the world today. “Spiritus” in Latin means “breath.” The word is used to describe an invisible feminine force that moves across the waters of God’s being and calls all creation into existence. Jesus described the relationship between the Holy Spirit and God with such simple clarity and divine wisdom. He was asked what password would be used so that disciples could recognize each other when apart from him and he said, “a movement and a rest.” The Holy Spirit is movement; God is rest.
The Holy Spirit is a feminine force known by many names in the Bible: the Glory of God, Wisdom, the voice in the wilderness, the noise of many waters, the sound in the silence, the Word of God, the Amen, the true and faithful witness of creation and the law. In all those names, the Holy Spirit manifests as a movement. In Hinduism, this sacred feminine force is known as Shakti, in Buddhism; Mindfulness, and in Islam, the Angel Gabriel. It is in this way that the Holy Spirit is with all members of the human race. She guides us through different names, but always in the same loving and compassionate way. Through opening our hearts and minds to seeing the unity in all of God’s people we can connect with the essence of the Christ Mind and the Holy Spirit in deeper ways than conventional religions teach today.
The Course in Miracles teaches that our perception of our world is not real, because it is seen through our body, which holds illusions. The illusions that other people are ‘wrong’ ‘bad’ and deserving of attack are the thoughts and actions that cause us to separate from God’s truth that only love is real. The opposite of seeing through the body’s eyes is seeing through Christ’s eyes, which holds a vision of strength, not weakness; unity, not separation and love; not fear. The opposite of hearing through the ears is hearing through the Holy Spirit, whose messages are always loving release, hope, faith and trust.
Weakness is an illusion of the human mind. This concept is hard to accept, because as humans, our entire basis for reality lives in the perceptions of our body. Therefore, when we feel weak, we affirm this feeling, and see it in all of the people, places and things around us. Jesus walked this earth to teach us that strength comes from God’s love within us. Even when he was going through the most horrific experience of his life, his crucifixion, he did not dwell on his weakness in the moment, nor did he dwell on the weakness of those around him that were leading him to his death. Instead, he said,
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:24).
In the weakest human moment, we learn that true strength comes from holding love and forgiveness for even those that persecute us the most. It is this ability of transcendent forgiveness that stems from a belief that no matter what happens to us, there is a force greater than us guiding us that remains as the center of strength in our lives.
Unity is a mind in total union with God. He taught us each how to be perfect holy children of God, surrendering to his will and allowing it to lead our lives. Somewhere along the journey that Christianity has taken in our world, we lost sight of this unity. We are not taught that we are one with sinners, saints, homosexuals, and all of those that practice another belief system. This is why it is so essential to practice miracle work through Jesus’s essential teachings, for his mind and words always spoke of total unity and love for all of the human race. In some of his last recorded teachings, he shared this essential truth very clearly, his wish was that,
“that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us.” (John 17:21)
Love and unity are two concepts that are deeply connected in divine truth. God loves all of his children as one and without hesitation forgives all of us for anything that we have done to harm one another. Why then do we have such a hard time doing this? As humans, we were taught to believe in a world that has ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, ‘good’ and ‘bad’. However, the essence of the teachings from a Course in Miracles is that the constructs of ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are thoughts that arise from our egoic perceptions of the world around us. We have been hurt and we have experienced pain, often at the hand of another, and then we look to the one that caused it and judge or blame them. In God’s truth, love is the only path to follow, all judgment is attack at it’s root is a separation from love. The rest of the lessons in the Course in Miracles serves to help us to revision our lives from this place, from eyes and a heart that only sees love in our fellow humans.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, teacher, and peace activist speaks and writes often about the unity between Jesus and Buddha. He speaks to the need to let go of the words that we have used to describe things in the past in order to arrive at the truth that we are all one in God’s love,
“When we share the Dharma, we must speak carefully so that we and our listeners do not get stuck in words or concepts. It’s our duty to transcend words and concepts to be able to encounter reality. To be in touch with the source of our own wisdom is the way to show most eloquently that the Buddha is alive. We can touch the living Buddha. We can also touch the living Christ. When we see someone overflowing with love and understanding, someone who is keenly aware of what is going on, we know that we are very close to the Buddha and to Jesus Christ.”
The Holy Spirit is a loving benevolent force that works through each person on this planet. Whether you are Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim or believe in God at all, you have most likely encountered the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. The power of the Holy Spirit is not something we can control, rather, it is something that arises spontaneously and releases into our lives a feeling of compassion, peace or love for another. When the Holy Spirit comes through us it is always a warm feeling. An example is the pull you feel to help children or women who are suffering through poverty or discrimination or other unethical practices in other countries or in your own backyard. You are moved from a power outside of yourself, to reach out and help. There is nothing you will gain, instead it is the power of a compassionate and loving force that wells up within you and guides you to action. This is the release of the Holy Spirit in your life. As we pay more and more attention to the Holy Spirit in our lives, she shows herself more and more to us. Just like with any spiritual force, regular attention, prayer and quiet time giving gratitude for these moments allow you to become more and more aware of when she does appear. Surrender to the Holy Spirit is one of the first steps in miracle work.
At the end of his life, Jesus made this statement to his apostles, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8). Hope is one of the first tangible forces of the Holy Spirit. We cannot force hope, instead, it must rise in our hearts as a truth stronger than our current reality. Hope is a force which openly believes there is a solution to a difficult person, place or experience. Hope always stems from good that inspires a sense of confidence of achievement. Hope implies a desire for good for the future. Even if that future is one minute from now, hope is a force that comes through us that feels like, I believe everything is going to be ok, or better than ok!
In this way, hope is the opposite of despair which looks to a dismal future. Hope is a force of the Holy Spirit, we should always give gratitude for the hopeful feelings that arise in us, as they are gifts from God and medicine that can help us to heal ourselves and our human family. Hope is a stepping stone to faith as desire is a stepping stone to knowledge.
Faith is the fundamental gift given by the Holy Spirit. “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Faith is not something that you come to through your intellect, or through your senses, but is the transcendent truth of God. As human beings, faith is the ultimate gift of the Holy Spirit, one that allows us to rise above our nature and can only come from God through the grace of the Holy Spirit. All of the qualities discussed above are necessary for faith. We must practice strength in God, unity, love, and hope in order to fully witness to the power of faith in our lives.
“Give us this day our daily bread” is a common Christian prayer grounded in the principles of trust. Praying to God for our daily bread connects us the deep truths of our ancestors who believed and knew that God through the Holy Spirit and manifest as Mother Earth, not man, provides all sustenance on this planet.
Providence is another beautiful way to understand trust. Mother Teresa’s entire ministry was guided by the force of divine providence. When she was questioned as to how she was going to continue caring for the poor that she had taken in in Calcutta, when money had run out, she replied, I need only divine providence. She trusted that it was God who called her to her mission and her sisters had to trust everyday in Him to provide them with all they needed to answer His call. It can be hard, if not impossible to trust someone or something without practicing strength, love, unity, hope and faith. Trust is a divine gift for those who have surrendered their lives to God’s will and to the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The first lessons in A Course in Miracles are designed to break your habitual patterns of looking at the world, so that you can begin to see life as God, Christ and the Holy Spirit do. This is the foundation for learning how to be in heaven on earth, for when you come to this place, every thought, word and action becomes sacred. Harmony with life becomes automatic, and as you align yourself with these new perspectives, total transformation is destined to occur. This practice forms the foundation for embodying your highest self and fulfilling your truth in this world.
Each lesson in A Course In Miracles contains several thoughts to meditate on throughout the day and a series of affirmations to help to remind you of the loving lessons of Spirit. To begin practice as a miracle worker, it is a very powerful practice to write these practices and affirmations down each day and carry them with you, as a reminder of the work you are now doing in service of God on this planet.
The practice is for an entire day to think:
I have given everything I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) all the meaning it has for me.
Apply this idea to whatever your eyes rest upon. Remember this idea also applies to your past, so any thoughts that you think related to your past, think, I have given this thought all the meaning it has for me.