Listening for the Holy Spirit
One of the common things I hear from clients and readers is, “I do trust the Holy Spirit. I just don’t trust myself to hear the Holy Spirit.”
“Trust not your good intentions. They are not enough. But trust implicitly your willingness, whatever else may enter. Concentrate only on this, and be not disturbed that shadows surround it. That is why you came. If you could come without them you would not need the holy instant.” (T-19.IV.2)
You have only two thought systems in your mind: The ego (personal thought system) and the Holy Spirit (Awareness of Truth). At any given moment you give your attention to one or the other. And that will be whichever one you trust at the moment. (For a long while you will trust both and vacillate between them). When you put your attention on your ability to hear you are thinking with the ego. It is what tells you to focus on your own abilities. It is what tells you to doubt your own abilities. But the Holy Spirit knows that you can hear It because It is the Truth in you. It knows that you just need to listen for It and you will hear It. So focusing on your ability to hear, rather than on just listening for the Holy Spirit, actually blocks your ability to hear the Holy Spirit!
Willingness, or openness, to hear the Holy Spirit is demonstrated by simply listening for the Holy Spirit. Your willingness does not need to be perfect. You do not have to be doubt free. You just need to sit back, relax, and listen for the Holy Spirit in your mind, whatever else is going on in your mind. You may not hear the Holy Spirit at that moment but with this practice you open your mind for It to enter your awareness when you are ready to hear It.
When you want to listen to music you do not consider your own ability to hear it. You just turn on the music and listen. It is the same with the Holy Spirit. It is “on” all the time. The difference, though, may be that you know that when you turn the music on you will hear it but you may doubt that the Holy Spirit is here. But what would you lose by listening for It? If It does not exist you lose nothing because everything will be the same as it is. But if It is here you have Everything to gain. Why not give it a try?
Another obstacle may be your belief that you are not worthy to hear the Holy Spirit. But remember, the Holy Spirit represents your True Being. Does a tree have to be worthy of being a tree? Of course not. No more do you have to be worthy of What you are. Only the ego thinks in terms of worth. You must question what the ego tells you because it does not stand up to Truth. The Holy Spirit thinks only of bringing into your awareness What you are. Remember this if you find yourself resistant to listening for the Holy Spirit: You are listening for your Reality.
It is when you try reach the Awareness of Truth that you encounter your obstacles to It: guilt and fear in all the ways that they show up. Finding and undoing these obstacles is what I work on with my clients. Email me at Liz@acimmentor.com to set up an appointment. You can learn more at www.acimmentor.com.
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