Conventional: The exchange of information between minds through a system of outer symbols such as words.
ACIM: The direct joining of minds, through the extension of one mind to another. “Communication ends separation” T-8.VII.4:1. Conventional communication is actually pseudo-communication designed to disrupt communication.
- In Heaven, communication is the direct, unmediated and non-specific sharing of knowledge between all minds. It is also the means by which creation occurs (see extension).
- The separation was a disruption in communication. This is the ego’s sole purpose for all that it does. The ego invented bodies and human language in order to not communicate while appearing to communicate.
- The Holy Spirit is “the remaining communication link between God and His separated Sons” (C-6.3:1). There is no communication at all between the ego and the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit guides us to re-establish communication with our brothers through letting go the blocks to joining (see forgiveness) and so experiencing our oneness.
- The Holy Spirit sees the body solely as an instrument of communication. It is a temporary communication device, needed because our vision is still dim (see M-12.3:3-8). It becomes unnecessary when our minds learn that they can communicate directly without it (see T-15.IX.7:2).
- The holy instant is a time in which we give and receive communication.
- Revelation is direct communication from God, which we can experience in this world.
See communion. See T-4.VII.3-4, T-15.IV.8, T-15.XI.7, T-18.VI.83-8.