Our journey home is all about unplugging from the ego hive mind. It is about not being afraid to stand in nothingness, in the I do not know, in the unplugged state, until the remembrance of true unity dawns upon our minds. It is about not just unplugging once, but unplugging at every rung of the ladder. It is about thinking we are unplugged, then realizing that somehow we lost our resolve and plugged back in, without even being aware that we did, and having the humility to admit it and correct it. It is this incessant, resolved unplugging that will result in the final undoing.
In addition to unplugging, we must invest ourselves in the idea that we cannot unplug from God. He is the vine and we are the branches. He is the sun and we are the rays. We dreamed that we could unplug from Him, but we cannot. He is our Cause and we His Effects. This is our holy hive mind.
What does our unplugging journey look like? For each of us it is different. Some will be asked to drop everything immediately, others will be given a more slowly evolving program. But the journey always begins and ends with the Holy Spirit and developing a relationship with Him until His Voice becomes ours.
“In some cases, it may be helpful for the pupil to read the manual first. Others might do better to begin with the workbook. Still others may need to start at the more abstract level of the text.
Which is for which? Who would profit more from prayers alone? Who needs but a smile, being as yet unready for more? No one should attempt to answer these questions alone. Surely no teacher of God has come this far without realizing that. The curriculum is highly individualized, and all aspects are under the Holy Spirit’s particular care and guidance. Ask and He will answer. The responsibility is His, and He alone is fit to assume it. To do so is His function. To refer the questions to Him is yours. Would you want to be responsible for decisions about which you understand so little? Be glad you have a Teacher Who cannot make a mistake. His answers are always right. Would you say that of yours?” (M-29.1:5–2:14)
It is fascinating that the ego hive mind teaches us that we are all individuals with very important observations, opinions and preferences.
“As the teacher of God advances in his training, he learns one lesson with increasing thoroughness. He does not make his own decisions; he asks his Teacher for His answer, and it is this he follows AS HIS GUIDE FOR ACTION. This becomes easier and easier, as the teacher of God learns to give up his own judgment. (his little made-up self’s judgment) The giving up of judgment (preference of outcome, grievances, opinions, valuing, making real in all of its forms), the obvious PREREQUISITE for hearing God’s Voice, is usually a fairly slow process, not because it is difficult, but because it is apt to be perceived as personally insulting. The world’s training is directed toward achieving a goal in direct opposition to that of our curriculum. The world trains for reliance on one’s judgment as the criterion for maturity and strength. Our curriculum trains for the RELINQUISHMENT of judgment (preference of outcome, grievances, opinions, valuing, making real in all of its forms) as the NECESSARY condition of salvation.” (M-9.2:1-7)
Our simply being a radio, a transmitter for the Holy Spirit’s Voice of healing in perceptionland, is the ultimate unplugging. But our hive-minded-shabby-self has other ideas.
“The teacher of God must, however, learn to use words in a new way. Gradually, he learns how to let his words be chosen for him by ceasing to decide for himself what he will say. This process is merely a special case of the lesson in the workbook that says, “I will step back and let Him lead the way.” The teacher of God accepts the words which are offered him, and gives as he receives. He does not control the direction of his speaking. He listens and hears and speaks.
A major hindrance in this aspect of his learning is the teacher of God’s fear about the validity of what he hears. And what he hears may indeed be quite startling. It may also seem to be quite irrelevant to the presented problem as he perceives it, and may, in fact, confront the teacher with a situation that appears to be very embarrassing to him. All these are judgments that have no value. They are his own, coming from a shabby self-perception which he would leave behind. Judge not the words that come to you, but offer them in confidence. They are far wiser than your own. God’s teachers have God’s Word behind their symbols. And He Himself gives to the words they use the power of His Spirit, raising them from meaningless symbols to the Call of Heaven itself.” (M-21.4:4–5:9)
Why do we let the Holy Spirit lead the way? Not because we are powerless, but because we gave the power of our mind to the ego, that we made, which is now using it to miscreate and reign as tyrant. The process of unplugging is the reclaiming of our mind. We cannot reclaim the mind on our own or we would have done so. We need a Guide. We need help. And in our helping we are helped. As we allow the Holy Spirit to help through us, we come so close to remembering that our will is His. Almost home.
“I am here ONLY to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.” (T-2.V-A.18:2-6)
“I hear the Voice that God has given me, and it is ONLY this my mind obeys.” (W-199.8:9)