This post is part of a series entitled: Reflections from A Course in Miracles. Currently, we are on Chapter 5 Healing and Wholeness, part III. The Guide to Salvation.
I had been a week ahead with my posts, this one got me behind and now I am back to day one, I struggled divining this one for an entire week.
In this chapter, we are reminded that we essentially have 2 minds, the ego and the Holy Spirit, which we know here as intuition.
If you spend anytime in yoga class or meditation circles, you are likely familiar with the sanskrit greeting Namaste.
According to yogajournal.com,
“The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.”
The Hawaiian word Aloha, is often associated with hello, goodbye and love. Living in Hawaii, I have come to understand there is a much deeper meaning to the word which symbolizes something much more akin to Namaste. According to Huna.org, There is a deeper meaning to the word Aloha;
“Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!”
In ACIM it says;
“The way to recognize your brother is by recognizing the Holy Spirit in him.”
I believe this sentence is perfectly reflected in the deeper definition of both Aloha and Namaste. In a way, we see here the convergence of faiths as each of the Hindu, and Buddhist (sanskrit), Christian and Native Polynesian (Hawaiian) cultures convey to us the same message. This is the essence of the Christian message to “Do unto others.”
We are instructed here to treat others as we would treat ourselves, the problem is that we don’t treat ourselves so well to begin with. This is why we are instructed to see not only the Holy Spirit in our brother, but to perceive him as such using the Holy Spirit in ourselves.
We have already learned that everything that happens in our mind is a summation of things as we perceive them. When we perceive with the ego, we are perceiving with all of our previous knowledge, experience, thoughts and feelings of the ego. Through ego’s filter we perceive things with judgement, which does not exist in spirits world. In spirit’s world, we have learned, everything is as it should be.
However, when we use our intuition to perceive, we perceive closer to the reality of Spirit and God. Spirit is eternal perfection, inter-connectedness and bliss, any assessment otherwise comes from the ego.
We must strive continually to use our intuitive perception to truly see the spirit in each other. As we know, our intuition is week, our ego is strong. By sharing our intuitive ideas with another, as we learned last week, they grow. Most brilliant ideas start as only whispers, but when we learn to hear those whispers and heed them, we can spark our creativity. When we share our creative ideas with others and they adopt them as their own, they can become a true catalyst for peace and change.
Remember that knowledge of the spirit is known, it does not need perceptions of the human body, it just is. Intuition is a direct bridge between the perception-based knowledge of the ego and the wisdom of spirit.
“The Holy Spirit is the Mediator between interpretations of the ego and the knowledge of the spirit. His ability to deal with symbols enables Him to work with the ego’s beliefs in it’s own language.”
The key point I would like to point out in the above sentence is “His ability to deal in symbols,” because this is a key component of spirit’s wisdom and we will come to explore some of the pervasive symbols later. As we have discussed before, the five familiar senses of the human experience are not necessary for spirit to know something is true. Phrases like “I will believe it, when I see it,” have no meaning here because when come to remember the true wisdom of spirit, it is in images, fables, stories, dreams and symbols, not in the standard thing our eyes need in order to believe. Yet, when it happens, you know whole-heartedly the wisdom you have found is true, it is known.
The final thought from this section I would like to address before closing is time. Spirit is eternal, there is no time in eternity. The fact that the previous sentence does not make sense is exactly my point. Time and the perception of time is of the ego.