“Only two purposes are possible. And one is sin, the other holiness. Nothing is in between, and which you choose determines what you see. For what you see is merely how you elect to meet your goal. Hallucinations serve to meet the goal of madness. They are the means by which the outside world, projected from within, adjusts to sin and seems to witness to its reality.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-20.VIII.9)
We live a dream, for we are lost in insanity until we choose again. This new choice is a choice for what A Course in Miracles calls the “real world,” and seeing it occurs shortly before God reaches down and lifts us up to Awakening. Here Jesus points out that the illusion that we see is an illusion of sin, projected from within. He would have us choose holiness, though, and the real world that holiness brings about is a world of kindliness, joy, love, harmony, and the like. These intangibles of God are accompanied by dreams of happiness, chosen for us by the Holy Spirit as we get closer to Awakening and lose some of the madness.
Giving up madness in favor of seeing the real world is a fairly slow process in most cases, because we must give up judgment. We learn to give up judgment and turn to the Holy Spirit for all of our words and actions, because He alone knows all circumstances—past, present, and future—that impinge on a given choice. We are not infallible; the Holy Spirit, being God’s Guide for us, is. The Holy Spirit guides surely, in every instance. And only our own stubbornness prevents us from seeing that His is the way that we would travel, indicating the words to say and the actions to take. Any decision is made easy when we leave the judgment of what to say or do to the Holy Spirit.
We would know holiness. We would leave insanity behind. And we would walk into the sunlight of the real world with the Holy Spirit. We assert this now, but why is it so hard to consistently choose to follow the gentle way being pointed out to us, at every point, all the time? We are stubborn children of God, used to our own way as pointed out by the ego. But the ego doesn’t mean us well, and we choose amiss when we listen to this part of our belief about ourselves.
Choose holiness today. To do so means that we must also choose to turn aside from madness and walk the way pointed out by the Holy Spirit. Give the Holy Spirit a chance in this time. We will certainly not be disappointed.
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