Who do I talk to: God, the Holy Spirit, or Jesus?

A. I must admit I’ve always been a bit confused on who to talk to: God, the Holy Spirit, or Jesus. Can you help me clear up some of the confusion? So, who do you address your questions to? Is it dependent on the type of question?

Q. I’ll answer this by way of analogy. Think about the various individuals in your immediate family, and then ask yourself: “Which one should I talk to?”

Obviously, if you are really asking that question, something is wrong. You are not understanding that these people are your family. It’s the same with this question. God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus are core members of our true family, and the Course in different places actively encourages us to talk with all three.

In relation to Jesus, the Course encourages us to accept him into our life and share all our little dramas with him: “It is possible to read his words and benefit from them without accepting him into your life. Yet he would help you yet a little more if you will share your pains and joys with him, and leave them both to find the peace of God” (C-5.6:6-7).

In relation to the Holy Spirit, the Course encourages us to come to Him for answers and for healing: “The Holy Spirit asks of you but this; bring to Him every secret you have locked away from Him. Open every door to Him, and bid Him enter the darkness and lighten it away” (T-14.VII.6:1-2)

Finally, most of the Course’s encouragement in this respect is in relation to God. Here are the opening lines of the first Workbook lesson that we say directly to God:

God speaks to us. Shall we not speak to Him? He is not distant. He makes no attempt to hide from us. We try to hide from Him, and suffer from deception. He remains entirely accessible. He loves His Son. (W-pI.168.1:1-7)

After this, the Workbook gives us 13 more lessons that we say to God and 144 prayers that we say to God. Clearly, the Course wants us to have an active and full sense of relationship with God.

In the beginning, it may be best to form an active relationship with just one of Them. But eventually, we will want to form a rich and fulfilling relationship with all three. All three love us beyond our ability to conceive and all three are constantly working to lead us to complete happiness. If you really understood that, would you want to deprive yourself of a conscious relationship with each of Them?

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