Here I see how practical application comes into play with the Holy Spirit. It is unmistakable, indisputable and undeniable. His purpose is to help me so I can come to the place where I have no doubt what the truth is. This course is simple but I make it so difficult for myself. Holy Spirit will work with me here in the world. He will instruct to apply the truth in all situations. At first it seems like He is answering my specific requests with specific answers. I come to find over time that it is all the same. In the end I find out that the problem is separation and the answer is joining.
You can access a video from a former Sunday Message as I did an overview of this section with the topic “Being at the Beginning”. – Video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ynLnJ3Jjf0
T-17.VI.2. In any situation in which you are uncertain, the first thing to consider, very simply, is “What do I want to come of this? 2 What is it [for]?” 3 The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine the outcome. 4 In the ego’s procedure this is reversed. 5 The situation becomes the determiner of the outcome, which can be anything. 6 The reason for this disorganized approach is evident. 7 The ego does not know what it wants to come of the situation. 8 It is aware of what it does not want, but only that. 9 It has no positive goal at all.
Well, here we go. We return to the intention, the motivation, the purpose, the goal or whatever you want to call it. When we peace as the outcome or goal, then that is what we will receive. I have seen this happen many times in my life. It becomes simply do I want peace in my life or not? If I do, then place peace as the intention then no matter what occurs I can trust that peace will be mine. I choose anything but peace because I make the determination that an external source needs to bring me that peace. Only by my choice can I bring me that peace.
T-17.VI.3. Without a clear-cut, positive goal, set at the outset, the situation just seems to happen, and makes no sense until it has already happened. 2 Then you look back at it, and try to piece together what it must have meant. 3 And you will be wrong. 4 Not only is your judgment in the past, but you have no idea what should happen. 5 No goal was set with which to bring the means in line. 6 And now the only judgment left to make is whether or not the ego likes it; is it acceptable, or does it call for vengeance? 7 The absence of a criterion for outcome, set in advance, makes understanding doubtful and evaluation impossible.
When the situation just seems to happen then we feel as a victim. Then we try to analyze and figure it all out. How can I figure it out? What am I basing it on? Only the past is my frame of reference. I made a decision in my mind. I set my goal. This section dovetails into the “Rules for Decision” and the “Responsibility for Sight” oh so well. I am not the victim. I have all the power within my mind. I can stop making interpretations of what I am experiencing and realize that somewhere deep down I decided already that I will fail or succeed, will be happy or sad, will have peace or not. When I take the responsibility, oh the places I can go! And really it is to the healing of my mind. Thank You God!
T-17.VI.4. The value of deciding in advance what you want to happen is simply that you will perceive the situation as a means to [make] it happen. 2 You will therefore make every effort to overlook what interferes with the accomplishment of your objective, and concentrate on everything that helps you meet it. 3 It is quite noticeable that this approach has brought you closer to the Holy Spirit’s sorting out of truth and falsity. 4 The true becomes what can be used to meet the goal. 5 The false becomes the useless from this point of view. 6 The situation now has meaning, but only because the goal has made it meaningful.
T-17.VI.5. The goal of truth has further practical advantages. 2 If the situation is used for truth and sanity, its outcome must be peace. 3 And this is quite apart from what the outcome [is.] 4 If peace is the condition of truth and sanity, and cannot be without them, where peace is they must be. p366 5 Truth comes of itself. 6 If you experience peace, it is because the truth has come to you and you will see the outcome truly, for deception cannot prevail against you. 7 You will recognize the outcome [because] you are at peace. 8 Here again you see the opposite of the ego’s way of looking, for the ego believes the situation brings the experience. 9 The Holy Spirit knows that the situation is as the goal determines it, and is experienced according to the goal.
“Concentrate on everything that helps you meet it (your goal).” How much effort in the past have I spent in meeting the goal of pain? Much effort in fact in living in hurt, pain and sadness. If I decide upon peace, let that be my outcome I will see everything falling into place to make it so. That is, my choices will be different, my interpretations will be different, and I will be different. For I have placed truth before me. To think before I believed I was alone and in a sense I was because I never acknowledged the Holy Spirit joined with me. Now that I acknowledge and accept His Love and Assistance, my life is one primarily of ease, of comfort and of calm. All this by changing my goal to that of God.
T-17.VI.6. The goal of truth requires faith. 2 Faith is implicit in the acceptance of the Holy Spirit’s purpose, and this faith is all-inclusive. 3 Where the goal of truth is set, there faith must be. 4 The Holy Spirit sees the situation as a whole. 5 The goal establishes the fact that everyone involved in it will play his part in its accomplishment. 6 This is inevitable. 7 No one will fail in anything. 8 This seems to ask for faith beyond you, and beyond what you can give. 9 Yet this is so only from the viewpoint of the ego, for the ego believes in “solving” conflict through fragmentation, and does not perceive the situation as a whole. 10 Therefore, it seeks to split off segments of the situation and deal with them separately, for it has faith in separation and not in wholeness.
T-17.VI.7. Confronted with any aspect of the situation that seems to be difficult, the ego will attempt to take this aspect elsewhere, and resolve it there. 2 And it will seem to be successful, except that this attempt conflicts with unity, and must obscure the goal of truth. 3 And peace will not be experienced except in fantasy. 4 Truth has not come because faith has been denied, being withheld from where it rightfully belonged. 5 Thus do you lose the understanding of the situation the goal of truth would bring. 6 For fantasy solutions bring but the illusion of experience, and the illusion of peace is not the condition in which truth can enter.
To head towards truth I need to trust. How many times does it come down to simple trust? I have to trust the Holy Spirit. I HAVE TO TRUST THE HOLY SPIRIT! I set the goal for truth and for peace and get myself out of the way. I have to stop interfering. There is no failure. If I trust the Holy Spirit how can I fail? Any perception of failure is just that, a perception.
The ego wants to resolve problems in form. It cannot be resolved in form or anything external. The ego will only seem to succeed and peace is only restored for a little while but then again swept away in the winds of the storm. When I trust in the Holy Spirit, He is steady and strong. No matter what happens externally I am in the center, in the eye of the hurricane.
I place my goal of truth in front of me. I trust that Holy Spirit is with me. I stay sure and true to the goal. Peace is mine. Voila, that’s it. We make the Course so hard. It’s not hard when we actually practice it vs. reading it.
Originally Posted January 2014
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