Guidance of the Holy Spirit

ACIM Workbook Lesson 236 – for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Affirmation:  “I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.”

“My mind can only serve.  Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit.  I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule.

“Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours.  I rule my mind, and offer it to You.  Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me.  (WB410)”


These two short passages from the lesson for today capsule one of the most important goals of taking A Course in Miracles unto ourselves.  We must follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or we are lost on our pathway.  He will guide us very precisely, and we will be told all that we need to know (a Text tenet).

Following the Holy Spirit does take flexibility, though.  We must be willing to turn on a dime, to change directions as soon as our intuition (or other ways that guidance reaches us) tells us.  There can be some confusion, even after years of praying for guidance on following the Holy Spirit.  We can think that we “hear” a given directive, only to find some minutes or hours later that the direction pointed out to us has seemed to change.  In my own thinking, this means that our own emotion has intruded.  We are too invested in a given decision, and we may not even like the direction that the Holy Spirit has pointed out to us.  So we imagine a different direction, and then we get confused.  At base this is ego.

On the other hand, circumstances may have changed.  And we as well as others do have free will.  So there are no hard and fast rules.  Emotion may have interfered with the directive that we first “heard” as guidance, or we must follow new directions, new guidance, because we are living in a changing world.  We would do well to turn our hearts to silence when genuinely confused by the guidance that we think we have received.  The Holy Spirit will find a way to get through to us.  We will not remain confused.  But we must be genuinely trusting and genuinely non-directive ourselves.

We may also have decided first what we want to say or do, and then be unable to “hear” correctly (a Text tenet).  We need to prepare ourselves not to decide first, because, as the Manual points out, our judgment is so faulty.  We do not know all that impinges upon a given direction that we want to take.  And in the past we have been wrong many times (also stated in the Manual).  Who among us would choose our own decision-making process when we might have the greater judgment of the Holy Spirit?  There is no contest.  We choose for the Holy Spirit.

To capitulate:  If the direction seems to change, I normally assume that emotion has intruded, and I go with the first indication–the one that seems in line with the immediate Answer given by the Holy Spirit.  If I do not go with the first indication, I am believing that circumstances have changed, that a new probability has intruded, and that I really do need to change directions (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  This understanding is not yet fully accomplished.  God is not finished with me yet, as many have said about themselves.


Dear Father/Mother,

May today’s guidance be clear and pristine.  May I not be tempted to insert my own wishes, when Yours are what I wish to know and to follow.

If my understanding of Your guidance changes, may I become silent and listen in the depths of my heart.  I would not be confused today.  I would follow only You.


Author: Celia Hales

I intend "Miracles Each Day" to offer inspiration and insight into A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, Choose Only Love, Mirari, and similar readings.

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