Our Everlasting helpers and Friends, Jesus and The Holy Spirit

The old Hymn “What A Friend we Have in Jesus,” (circ. 1855, Seriven and Converse) tells us that Jesus will “bear our sins,” and that it is a privilege to take them to God by prayer. In the Course Jesus teaches us a very different lesson. He is indeed our friend, but (and it a huge BUT) he teaches us to change our minds about our problems.
Early in her transcribing Helen asked Jesus for help to rid herself of her fear. Here is his response from Text Chapter 2, Section VII, paragraph IV, sentences 1-3.
The correction of fear [is] your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not. [your responsibility] You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions that have brought the fear about

Substitute other words for fear, such as hate, anger, annoyance, rage, wrath, fury, or resentment. All are based on fear and are everyday emotions and feelings we all experience. Here is Jesus’ advice from the final three sentences.
The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.
[See the whole passage below]

Jesus’ help is: instead of “laying it all on him,” take it as our own and ask in our mind if we are choosing as he would. This is a correction that can work with every situation. Be careful though where the questions lead. Seek kind actions and put Biblical passages into perspective. For instance, did Jesus really chase money lenders? (See Croissan’s, The Historical Jesus)
Course teaching states that the Holy Spirit is God’s answer to our choice to dream of separating from Heaven, and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are One within the Trinity. Call for help and together they guide our minds. However though, they help us change our mind about situations here (a miracle). Specific aspects about our daily life are our responsibility. The Holy Spirit does not find us parking spaces, or change traffic lights in our favor. We think then; no parking space? Then it’s not important to park right here, and the red light stopped me and put me out of sync with a possible collision. Or whatever!
Jesus/Holy Spirit is our friend because they guide us to make better choices. That’s what best friends do, one who says, “That’s not a good idea,” and we trust her/him, listen and change our behavior. That’s true reciprocal friendship, which is what Jesus and the Holy Spirit offers us in teachings in ACIM.
For more on this subject check the page, The Trinity and Holy Spirit, in my web site www.god-jessus-course-in-miracles,com.

ACIM Text Chapter 2 Section VI, paragraph 4.
The correction of fear [is] your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not. You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions that have brought the fear about. These conditions always entail a willingness to be separate. At that level you [can] help it. You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, and are passively condoning your mind’s miscreations. The particular result does not matter, but the fundamental error does. The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.

The complete Section, VI. Fear and Conflict, is a comprehensive discussion of how to counteract fear.

Coping with Aurora

How can A Course in Miracles help us to cope with atrocities like the shootings in Aurora Colorado, or for the insanity of any of men, by the way, who during the last several years shot killed and maimed innocent people? We like to judge them as evil. They don’t see the humans they kill as their brother or sister. One step towards forgiving them is to allow that they do evil deeds, but are no more intrinsically evil within themselves than any of us.
The Course teaches us that our existence here is a dream, which means: we exist only on the level of our true Reality in Heaven with God. What we seem to think is happening here is unreal. Therefore, because the reality of our true existence is with God in Heaven; the killing didn’t happen.
Good luck telling that to the survivors and their relatives! We cannot be “bliss ninnies” and deny that what we make happen here does not matter here. It does: but only here. We need to change our minds [a miracle] about the world to avoid being mired in anger and loathing, and be able to view the world as an illusion. Atrocities are part of our illusory existence here.
This applies to beauty as well as outrages in this world. The evening before the Aurora massacre my wife and I heard an exquisite performance of a Mozart Piano Quintet. On the level of Heaven that never happened either, as nothing that we think goes on here really happens. I thought during the performance, “Oh I really want this to really be real. I enjoyed it as a reflection of God’s love here in this crazy world. But, in spite of the presence of fellow music lovers in the seeming solid Concert Hall, I accepted that as an enjoyable illusion. We must apply the Course concept to both sides of our duality laced experience here. What we call beauty and love are as illusory as terror and hate.
The new Lord’s Prayer, the last writing in Text Chapter 16 of ACIM, begins this way,
Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in
which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter.“

We think these words within the not separated part of our mind; the part that is still within God’s Holy Mind. That mind created ours. Here is how the new Lord’s Prayer ends
And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which
You created and which You love. Amen.

Earthly killers are also part of, “the minds which You [God] created and which You love. When we are honest with our self we must acknowledge our own tendency for violence. When we forgive our self for our own inward violence, then we can extend forgiveness to the humans who do, in very extreme ways, what we all have in our split mind. The content is the same, but the form differs.
Please link to my web site where I discuss briefly this and other issues. I devote a whole Chapter about coping with this world in my book,
“There is, “another way,” A companion Guide for A course In Miracles: Jesus’ Gift To Humanity that Recalls Our Eternal Existence in Heaven.”