This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. We are reviewing Chapter 5 Healing and Wholeness, Section II, The Voice for God.
The separation refers to the creation of the ego. When the ego created, we became separated from the truth, all of our thoughts and feelings became filtered through the lens of the ego. As we know, the ego is part of the separation, yet does not believe the separation exists.
“The principle of Atonement and the separation began at the same time. When the ego was made, God placed in the mind the Call to joy. This Call is sto strong that the ego always dissolves at Its sound. “
We have two voices in our minds, the one we created for ourselves, which is the Ego voice and the other, given by God. ACIM calls this God-Given Voice the Holy spirit, I call it the intuition or inner knowing. It is the voice that has wisdom without sensory proof as defined by the ego (Sight, sound, touch, taste, scent).
“That is why you must choose to hear one of the two voices within you. One you made yourself, and that one is not of God. But the other is given you by God, Who asks you only to listen to it. The Holy spirit is in you in a very literal sense. His is the Voice that calls you back to where you were before and will be again.”
For me, the voice of intuition is usually the first voice, it appears quicker in my mind, than the ego’s hollow words. But, I still hear the ego, my ego speaks loudly. ACIM however, tells us that it is possible to hear only the voice of intuition, with great practice and willingness to learn.
I know many self help gurus who say we should let go of the voice that tells us we “should” do something. For me, my “shoulds” usually come from my intuition and usually point me to some pretty sound advice. It is the ego then, that tries to talk me out of the advice, or advise me that I am not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, lovable enough, etc. Intuition, is connected to universal knowledge and has the ability to include pieces of information not known to the ego, the ego often denies the existence of the Holy spirit (intuition) within us, but it is always there.
According to ACIM, the voice of guidance remains with us, during the split, so that we have the choice to return home. We always have the choice to listen to intuition instead of ego, many of us however, do not choose to go home.
“God does not guide, because He can share only perfect knowledge. Guidance is evaluative, because it implies there is a right way and a wrong way, one to be chosen and the other to be avoided. By choosing one you give up the other.”
Although we each have access to perfect wisdom, as we have said, many of us continue to choose the ego and ignore the intuition. God will not guide us home to the intuition because guiding us away from the ego comes with the implication that the ego is wrong or incorrect. God does not judge us nor our creations. Since the ego was created by us, it cannot be judged as wrong or bad or incorrect. Freedom of choice implies just that, the freedom to choose without undo influence by God. Freedom of choice also implies freedom to create the ego and the choice to abide by its guidance of fear and guilt and self-deprecation over the gentle nudge of intuition.
The voice of intuition is the voice of God, it is divine knowledge, it is a direct link to source. However, once the ego was created, it is no longer unhindered, as the ego, by its very nature seeks to rebel against divine wisdom.
Even though the ego creation was our choice and it remains our choice to follow it, we readily have access to the divine wisdom, should we choose to listen. God continually gives us the right to choose and in doing so, will not command that we follow his guidance.
“The voice of the Holy spirit does not command, because it is not capable of arrogance. It does not demand, because it does not seek control. It does not overcome, because it does not attack. It merely reminds.”