“The Holy Spirit is described throughout the course as giving us the answer to the separation and bringing the plan of the Atonement to us, establishing our particular part in it and showing us exactly what it is. He established Jesus as the leader in carrying out His plan since he was the first to complete his own part perfectly. . . .The Atonement principle was given to the Holy Spirit long before Jesus set it in motion. (C-6.2)”
This quotation is from the last part of the manual, a section entitled, “Clarification of Terms.” It speaks of Jesus in the third person, unlike the rest of A Course in Miracles.
This statement affirms Jesus as the leader in the Atonement, and establishes the Holy Spirit as our guidance in coming to know our role. God Himself is elsewhere said to have established the plan at the moment that some of us stepped into separation, establishing the guidance of His Voice, the Holy Spirit, as our way back home. (The separation itself is said to have happened over millions of years, and it may take millions of years for our return, and maybe even longer.)
We are at the cusp of the movement, and it does behoove those of us fortunate enough to have A Course in Miracles to listen well and long. We can make a difference. We can shorten the time that others spend in a worn-out, tired, world, lost to themselves and to God through a false self that we call the ego. Lost in insanity, madness. Lost in illusion. This all sounds quite depressing, and indeed it would be, overwhelmingly so, if there weren’t a quick restorative. There is a way out, and Jesus is carefully explaining the means to us. We are fortunate indeed. Let’s not forget that.
But this is not a time for self-righteousness, which would be an egoic mistake. We don’t pat ourselves on the back that we are among those who understand what others have wanted to understand, and didn’t. We share what we have learned, if our brothers are open to listening. We quietly give them a smile, courteous behavior and respectful company, if they don’t. The fact that we are among the first puts a great responsibility on us. But we walk amiss if we think this makes us special. We are not special. No child of God has anything that is not available to all others.
The Holy Spirit will guide us into a clear mind and an open heart. Then God Himself will Awaken us. Then salvation, as Jesus describes, will really finally be here. Atonement will have worked.