Exercise in Opening Your Mind to the Holy Spirit's Love
1) Pick someone you feel you love relatively unconditionally.
Notice these things:
- You don't want to change them in any way.
- You feel a sense of joy and appreciation in their presence.
- You notice that your mind is free of the strain of judgmental thoughts.
- You are willing just to stand back and love.
- Notice how gentle you feel.
- As you stay focused on these feelings, notice how peaceful and expansive you gradually feel too.
Now realize that what the Holy Spirit sees in this person is infinitely more than what you see in them. He sees a perfect, holy Son of God. Try now to perceive this friend as more than just a friend to you; let the light you see in him become the light of pure holiness. Let the awareness of his holiness fill your mind, changing your perception of someone you thought was just a friend. How do you feel towards him now?
2) Now choose someone you feel neutral towards. Without forcing it in any way, try and transfer that same perception onto this other person. Notice how your mind closes a little as you try to do this, like an animal or plant that closes up when it senses danger. Watch what happens. Does the light look a little dimmer around this new person? Do you find objections rising in your mind, such as: "this person isn't wholly lovable because…"? How do you feel now?
Now realize that the Holy Spirit sees this person as a holy Son of God. He feels perfect love for this person, even if you don't. Your misperceptions of your brother are what blocks the Holy Spirit's love from extending to him through you. But the Holy Spirit's love can extend to him if you choose. There is no cost to you in allowing this to happen. You need merely be willing to let go of your misperceptions—the things you see in him which you think make him unworthy of love. Look at your objections. Are they worth stopping the extension of the Holy Spirit's love for? Are you not willing to let them go and perceive the light of holiness in your brother instead?
If you are, then become aware of those parts of your mind that closed up a little. Without forcing it in any way, see if you can let those parts of your mind relax. There is nothing to fear. You are not being asked to manufacture counterfeit feelings; you are simply being asked to exchange your current misperception of your brother for a true perception of him as a perfect Son of God, shining in the light of pure holiness.
Become aware of all the love contained in that perception. Let his holiness fill your mind.
As you allow your mind to open, letting it be healed of its misperceptions, notice how you feel. Do you feel a release from the strain of constant judgment? Do you feel gentler, more peaceful and expansive? Do you feel more loving?
3) Now choose someone you hold grievances against… (and apply the same as above)
4) Now picture yourself. Without forcing it in any way, try and transfer that same perception onto yourself. Watch and see if your mind closes a little as you try and do this. What happens? Do you notice any objections occurring in your mind? Does the light that you see fade at all? How do you feel?
Now realize that the Holy Spirit sees you as a perfect, holy Child of God. He feels nothing but complete and perfect love for you. Your misperceptions of yourself are where you are refusing to accept the Holy Spirit's judgment of you, but instead are holding onto imagined crimes and the stain of guilt. Are you not willing to let them go, and accept your holiness instead?
If you are, then become aware of those parts of your mind that closed up a little. Without forcing it in any way, see if you can let those parts of your mind relax. You are not being asked to manufacture counterfeit feelings; you are simply being asked to exchange your current misperceptions for a true perception of yourself as a perfect Child of God, shining in the light of pure holiness. Become aware of all the love contained in that perception. Let an appreciation of your own holiness fill your mind.
As you allow your mind to open, letting it be healed of its misperceptions, notice how you feel. Do you feel the strain of constant judgment slip away? Do you feel gentler, more peaceful and expansive? Do you feel more loving?
1) Start by asking Jesus to be with you and to help and guide you in this healing session.
2) Bring your patient to mind. Look at him as you now see him—his body, his sickness, his separate identity—and realize that your current misperceptions of him are what blocks the Holy Spirit's healing love extending through you to him. Reflect on that for a moment, and then make a decision that you are willing to change your perception of him and let him be healed. Be determined that you will let go of any misperception, no matter how seemingly "ordinary", and exchange it for the truth.
3) Look upon his body. His bodily identity is one huge deceit. God created him as formless spirit, yet you look upon him as something totally different. Try and see the little spark of truth in him. Somewhere in your picture of him as a body find a little spot of light that reminds you of his true Identity. That true Identity is heavily obscured by the false one he has built up instead. You have been deceived by this false identity. It is time now to undo your misperceptions, and let them be replaced by the truth. One by one, bring these misperceptions to your awareness, to let them go and be replaced by the truth. Each time, ask yourself: "Did God create him like this? Is this the truth about him?" You may like to mentally review these aspects of his bodily identity:
- his gender (Did God create him like this? Is this the truth about him?)
- his age (Did God create him like this? Is this the truth about him?)
- his nationality (Did God etc)
- his personality (Did God etc)
- his job (Did God etc)
- his lifestyle (Did God etc)
Watch what happens to the little spot of light as you let these misperceptions of him go. Each time you exchange one of these false judgments for the truth, you see a little more light in him, first extending through the body, and then extending beyond it, and getting brighter and brighter as each false judgment is laid aside. His body now looks more like a shadow than a solid reality; and even though you can still see it, you don't identify him with it, but with the light of truth shining out from him.
4) Focus now on his true Identity. Being of God, it has all the attributes of God: perfection, holiness, love…His true Identity contains nothing but the attributes of God. Pain, sickness, and suffering are not a part of him. They are not real. Only the holiness, perfection and love in which he was created are real. Let the awareness of his holiness and perfection and all the love in which he was created fill your mind; and one by one, bring to mind any of the specific false states that you have been tempted to believe in, and ask yourself: "Did Love create this? Can it be real?" And then let go of that misperception, and accept his holiness and perfection instead. You may like to bring these things to mind:
- his particular sickness (Did Love create this? Can it be real?)
- as you let go of your misperceptions about his particular sickness, make sure you also bring to your awareness any personal thoughts you have about that sickness, such as its severity, its duration, its likely outcome, and anything else that comes to mind…
- the specific ways he seems to be suffering (Did Love create this? Can it be real?)
- as you let go of your misperceptions about the specific ways he seems to be suffering, make sure you also bring to your awareness any personal thoughts you have about how likely it is that he will be healed of this sickness, and how quickly that may happen…
5) Keeping your awareness on the love, holiness and perfection of his true Self, search your mind for any more false beliefs you have about him, and exchange them for true perception:
- Are you tempted to believe that his body can tell his mind what to think and feel? Let go of that misperception. Mind is cause, and not effect.
- Are you tempted to believe that he has a sick mind, which projected its sickness onto the body? Let go of that misperception. The only thoughts in his mind that are real are the thoughts he thinks with God—thoughts of love, and holiness, and perfection, and peace, and joy…
6) Look at your patient now with healed perception. Rejoice in his perfection. Be blessed by his holiness. You are seeing nothing in him now which keeps him separate from God. And you are seeing nothing in him now which keeps him separate from you. Spend a few moments now, recognizing your oneness with your patient. You are united with him, and you stand together, united with God.