Ask: Can you clear up these purported paradoxes about the Holy Spirit and individuality?
“I've been studying/reading Circle of Atonement's Robert Perry's (co-author of the New ACIM Complete and Annotated Edition) " Return to the Heart of God" and in a passage about the Holy Spirit he talks about paradoxes the Holy Spirit as both the Voice for God and He (HS) is God's Voice. Then he brings up another paradox the Course paints a picture of Heaven in which there are beings that have their own identity and their own will, yet are also at one with the whole and in perfect unison with a larger will. This is a bit perplexing; how much do we bring with us, our individual identity into Heaven?” - JW
I’m not certain why the Holy Spirit as the “Voice for God” or as “God’s Voice” would be a paradox unless one reads “God’s Voice” as God speaking rather than as “God’s Spokesman”. If you read it as the latter, it means the same as “Voice for God”. (Voice for God = Spokesman for God/God’s Voice = God’s Spokesman). But perhaps the paradox is something else?
A Course in Miracles defines Heaven this way:
Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within. (T-18.VI.1)
Oneness (as either Wholeness or the same throughout) is the experience of God (Truth). At the level of awareness (consciousness, perception), Oneness is experienced as what ACIM calls the Real World, Vision (Christ’s or Holy Spirit’s), True Perception, etc. In that View, the world of form with its individual identities and seemingly-free wills is still seen and each individual is understood to be part of a larger, unified, unfolding story of the undoing of not-Truth. It is also understood to be a meaningless expression of a meaningless idea. (I have written about this a lot in the past few months). The Oneness of the Mind beyond what is seen in form is understood to be Truth and the unity one sees is understood to be an extension of the awareness of Oneness.
Sometimes, one has flashes of this in what I call a “higher” miracle. As one drops the self, however, it more and more becomes their View. As ACIM points out in the Manual for Teachers about the last stage, the Period of Achievement, when self-identification is gone and Oneness is understood to be Truth:
This is the stage of real peace, for here is Heaven's state fully reflected. (M-4.I.A.8)
“Heaven’s state” being Oneness.
In my experience of direct Revelation of God (Truth), there is only God in God. There is no parts, no individuation. It cannot be described because there is no experience like It at the level of awareness. I can only guess that perhaps Mr. Perry has experienced higher miracles, but not yet a direct Revelation, and he has therefore confused the reflection of Heaven with Heaven Itself. This is common and easy to do if you have not gone beyond a higher miracle to Truth Itself, because the reflection of Heaven is just this side of Heaven. But I can tell you, as joyous as the reflection is, it is as different from Heaven as a photon is from the sun.
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