The Divine Proceeding (Divinum Procedens) is the Divine, not as it is in Itself (in Se) but as it goes forth to sustain the creation and to redeem and save mankind. It is synonymous with the Divine Operation, the Divine Providence, and generally with the Holy Spirit. The New Church man may easily fall into the notion that the Divine Proceeding is, so to speak, a Thing or Object, instead of an activity, even as the Christian Church has long regarded the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person. It is therefore most important to see that the term, proceeding, is not a noun but part of a verb—a present participle. This emphasizes the fact that our attention is to be focused on the Divine as It is operating rather than on the Divine Being in Itself.