GR: Sure, I think that the best way for people to think about Arten & Pursah, which took me years to realize, but I finally came to understand that what Arten & Pursah really are, are manifestations of the Holy Spirit. They’re kind of like other things in the sense that this is a dream, and the Holy Spirit has to show up for us in some form in the dream. If the Holy Spirit didn’t show up in the dream, we’d never be able to hear “It”. So the Holy Spirit could take the form of a voice in your mind, which is the way that Helen Schucman (the scribe of ACIM Searchable), wrote down the Course, because she heard the voice in her mind and that’s one way the Holy Spirit can show up in the dream. The Holy Spirit will show up however is most appropriate for each person, as whatever they can accept and understand.
For religious people, the Holy Spirit can show up in the dream as the Virgin Mary, and they’d say that’s the Virgin Mary, but what it really is, is it’s the Holy Spirit showing up in the dream as the Virgin Mary, because that’s something they can accept and understand. I’ve taught in Mexico a number of times and they’re really into Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is the Virgin Mary showing up in New Mexico City, and for them that’s Our Lady of Guadalupe, but what it really is, is the Holy Spirit showing up that way. For some people, the Holy Spirit can show up as an angel because that’s what they can accept and understand without fear. That however, is not really an angel, but a symbol of the Holy Spirit showing up in the dream as an angel.
At one point ACIM is talking about the Holy Spirit and it says “His is the voice for God and is therefore taken form. This form is not his reality.” So the reality of the Holy Spirit is spirit, which is exactly the same as God, but then that spirit shows up in the dream, and this is not God, but the Holy Spirit, which you can also think of as your memory of God. You can never really lose it because it’s still there in the mind. In fact, you can think of the mind as having three parts. There’s what the Course calls “you”, it’s not the real you, but it’s the part that thinks it’s separated itself from its source. You could call this part the mind. Then you have two other things in the mind, you have the Holy Spirit and the ego, which are both vying for your attention.