“Only very few can hear God’s Voice at all, and even they cannot communicate His messages directly through the Spirit which gave them. They need a medium through which communication becomes possible to those who do not realize that they are spirit. A body they can see. A voice they understand and listen to, without the fear that truth would encounter in them. (M-12.3)”
Affirmation: “Only very few can hear God’s Voice at all.”
1 – God’s Voice
As time has gone by, I think that more and more of us can hear God’s Voice. The Voice is that of the Holy Spirit, and following His guidance is seen by A Course in Miracles as the way out of the maze that we have made for ourselves. His Voice shows us the way home, the way toward not only salvation but also Awakening.
2 – Bodies = for Communication
We are told elsewhere that we are to use our bodies only for communication, that we will learn that others can be reached through our words and our actions. If we use our bodies to evoke jealousy, attack, anger, resentment, we are using our bodies amiss.
3 – The Voice of a Brother/Sister
We are not normally afraid of another’s body. We do not fear what another says to us or does to us, in the normal sequence of events. (We may fear another’s anger and attack, and this is entirely human.) But if we suddenly heard interior voices, without preparation, we would be in the same situation that the scribe of ACIM, Helen Schucman, was in when she heard, “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.” So often we do not hear internally, but through the medium of another human being’s voice. And our fears are silenced.
4 – Internal Directives
As time goes by, we will “hear” internal directives. These may come in a variety of ways, some that we recognize as “psychic” (as the world calls them). We may receive guidance through what is commonly known as intuition; we may pick up easily on a friend’s casual comment, the one that seems just meant for ourselves and our present situation; we may run across what is to us a particularly significant passage in a book (especially A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love).
5 – Are We Insane?
Does this make us different, somehow, from those who have been categorized as mentally ill? Perhaps. ACIM declares that all of us are insane to a degree, because we live in a world that is impossible and also mad. Those who are psychotic may hear voices, and so with our own situation, we need to be especially discerning. If a “voice” ever counsels harm in any way, then this is definitely not Love speaking. My personal interpretation is that we can ask, “Is this from Love?,” when we hear a locution, and if the answer is “no,” then we would be wise to refrain from any action. And even if we think that we are acting from a message from Love, we may still be mistaken. After all, we are human.
6 – Testing Locutions
So testing out our locutions (internally heard voices) and intuition does seem mandatory. The world has suffered greatly from those who thought that they were following God’s Will, only to learn that their actions were perceived by others in this world as anything but loving.
7 – Will the End Be Loving?
Be careful of what you perceive through “psychic” means. ACIM is quite comfortable with the psychic, as described in the Manual, but, as with anything that comes upon us that is new, we need to be careful the end will be loving. And that the means are not detrimental to anyone.
I thank You for the times in which my psychic messages have given me insight and kept me on Your pathway. I would not make mistakes, listening to my ego and thinking that it is divine guidance. Be with me as I test out my thoughts about what has come to me via a sixth sense. Don’t let me get carried away.
Thank You for the knowledge, and I know that it is knowledge, that You have shown me throughout my life. I also know that my perceptions have sometimes, perhaps frequently, been wrong. Help me to know the difference between knowledge and perception. Let me drop the ego’s perceptions from my list of accustomed actions. I would let the ego wither away. And I know that the ego can be very wily, even when I am trying to follow Your Way. Perhaps particularly when I an trying to follow Your Way.
I do appreciate the psychic that has improved my mood, given me insight, and led me closer to You. Let me not take pride in any messages that come to me by psychic means, for this is surely evidence that the ego has taken ascendancy again. Be with me in discernment, so that I walk Your pathway and Yours alone.