“Truth has rushed to meet you since you called upon it. If you knew Who walks beside you on the way that you have chosen, fear would be impossible. You do not know because the journey into darkness has been long and cruel, and you have gone deep into it. A little flicker of your eyelids, closed so long, has not yet been sufficient to give you confidence in yourself, so long despised.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-18.III.3)
The “Who” is the Holy Spirit; if it had been meant to be Jesus, then in A Course in Miracles the pronoun would not have been capitalized. And God Himself is not called upon very much at all as long as we are lost in illusion. God is said to have turned to the Holy Spirit, God’s Voice and the Universal Inspiration, to teach us how to find our way out of darkness.
We don’t understand the Holy Spirit, but we can come to experience Him, and in the experiencing we will find all the Love that we want. He is our Guide, our way home to God, and He gently leads us by the hand and tells us what to do to make the journey, the “journey without distance,” (said elsewhere) that we need to take.
The last sentence, with a “little flicker of. . .eyelids,” is particularly poignant. Jesus understands that we have walked deep into insanity, and finding our way back is going to be a problem to be overcome. He is writing A Course in Miracles to give us the means to Awaken, and the more that we study it, the more simple the whole course becomes. (Prior to intense study, ACIM seems complicated indeed.)
We have despised ourselves. Our primary thought has been that we are not enough—not “good” enough, not strong enough, not pure enough. We berate ourselves that we have disappointed God. But God sees us as His children, and He does not berate us for mistakes made in innocence. We are innocent of anything bad; mistakes made in illusion seem to have real effects, in our all-too-tangible world, but what is done in illusion is not really done at all. So we can rest easy. We forgive, but forgiveness is an illusion as well, but one that does not breed other illusions. Thus it becomes our way home. We forgive what has never happened in reality! How easy is that?