After we return to God, what prevents us from separating again?

Q. After we return to God, what prevents our “fall” from happening again?

A. The Course does address this very briefly in one place. “When the Atonement is complete and the whole Sonship is healed,” it says, “The Holy Spirit will remain with the Sons of God, to bless their creations and keep them in the light of joy” (T-5.I.5:5, 7).

Once we are home, then, the Holy Spirit will remain with us, for two reasons: One, to bless our creations, and two, to keep us in the light of joy.

That has always been my answer to this question. However, I now believe there is an additional answer, and perhaps a better one, which is this: We get home precisely by learning that we don’t want to be separate from God anymore. Once we have really learned that, separation is no longer an option for us.

I think the only reason the choice to separate was possible in the beginning was that we didn’t know what the experience itself would be like. Right now, we are in a very long process of finding out. When experience has taught us exactly what separation is like, and exactly where our true desires lie, then the choice to be home with God will be the natural outgrowth of that. At that point, we will have learned by experience where we want to be.

It’s the same basic idea as the old adage “The burnt hand teaches best.” Before you put your hand on the stove, you don’t really know what it will be like. But once you do it, do you really need anyone to hold you back from doing it again?

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