Ask: Why do you say to bring problems to the Holy Spirit?
Some teachers say to not bring worldly problems to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not come into the world and fix them. But you seem to suggest that we do so. I’m confused…
I do not suggest that you use the Holy Spirit (Teacher of Truth in your mind) as a problem solver. I suggest that you use your perceived problems as opportunities to grow your awareness of the Holy Spirit.
Whatever you perceive as a problem is never the real problem. The real problem is that you feel that you are not your True Being (“separate from God”) but that you are a self in a body in a world. All of your perceived problems are an expression of this one problem. You overcome your real problem by becoming aware of your True Being (God) through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the thought system in your mind that replaces the personal thought system (ego) when you decide that you want to know Truth. It meets you where you are in your perception that you are a self in a world. It gently awakens you to your reality by using your experiences in the world to remind you of your Truth.
For example, often new students of A Course in Miracles feel guilty for wanting things in the world. ACIM does say that your desires are obstacles to peace when you see them as ends in themselves (“if I get this I will be at peace, whole, loved, etc.”). But this does not make them wrong or bad; only obstacles to peace. So it teaches you to use them as means to peace instead. It tells you to share them with the Holy Spirit. This does not mean to passively ask the Holy Spirit to take your desires and to sit and wait for something to happen. Your obstacles to peace are in your mind and you have to look at them to remove them. So you acknowledge the Holy Spirit in your mind and with It you look at all of your thoughts about what you desire: This is what I desire, this is why I want it, this is why I feel guilty, this is what I fear, etc. This is how you connect with and learn to hear the Holy Spirit in your mind. And it gives the Holy Spirit an opportunity to undo your guilt and fears with you. The side effect of this is clarity around and removing obstacles to your attaining your personal desires. So, as you say, the Holy Spirit does not come into the world to make things happen. What happens in the self’s life is an effect of your mind.
Another example is when you have to make what you consider to be an important decision in the world. You acknowledge the Holy Spirit in your mind and with It you look at the decision from all angles: These are the pros, these are the cons, this is what I want, this is what I fear, etc. This process makes you more aware of the Holy Spirit so decisions in the world become means to be more aware of the Holy Spirit. And it brings clarity to your mind that will result in you being clear on the decision.
So the point of bringing your worldly questions to the Holy Spirit is to bring the Holy Spirit into your awareness. Solutions and answers and greater harmony in your life in the world are the side-effects, not the purpose, of this practice. But for a long time you will have two motivations for bringing your problems to the Holy Spirit. While problems in the world are still very real to you of course you want solutions to them, even while you are willing to use them to grow your awareness of Truth.. But in time you will discover that in the Holy Spirit you have the wholeness that you seek. The side-effect of a more harmonious life in the world is nice but it is also irrelevant to your peace of mind. In fact, it is an effect of your peace of mind, not its cause.
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