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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
  CH 15 "THE PURPOSE OF TIME" 
I. INTRODUCTION
      
1 Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? Yet that is what time is for-to learn just that and nothing more. God's Teacher cannot be satisfied with His teaching until it constitutes all your learning. He has not fulfilled His teaching function until you have become such a consistent learner that you learn only of Him. When this has happened, you will no longer need a teacher or time in which to learn.       
         
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L e s s o n  161
Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.
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*IAMBIC PENTAMETER*
WHAT IS IAMBIC PENTAMETER?
 
        
   Today we practice differently and take
   a stand against our anger, that our fears
   may disappear and offer room to love.
   Here is salvation in the simple words
   in which we practice with today's idea.
   Here is the answer to temptation which
   can never fail to welcome in the Christ
   where fear and anger had prevailed before.
   Here is Atonement made complete, the world
   passed safely by, and Heaven now restored.
   Here is the Answer of the Voice of God.
 
   Complete abstraction is the natural
   condition of the mind. But part of it
   is now unnatural. It does not look
   on everything as one. It sees instead
   but fragments of the whole, for only thus
   could it invent the partial world you see.
   The purpose of all seeing is to show
   you what you wish to see. All hearing but
   brings to your mind the sounds it wants to hear.
 
   Thus were specifics made. And now it is
   specifics we must use in practicing.
   We give them to the Holy Spirit that
   He may employ them for a purpose which
   is different from the one we gave to them.
   Yet He can use but what we made to teach
   us from a different point of view, so we
   can see a different use in everything.
 
   One brother is all brothers. Every mind
   contains all minds, for every mind is one.
   Such is the truth. Yet do these thoughts make clear
   the meaning of creation? Do these words
   bring perfect clarity with them to you?
   What can they seem to be but empty sounds,
   pretty, perhaps; correct in sentiment,
   yet fundamentally not understood
   nor understandable. The mind that taught
   itself to think specifically can
   no longer grasp abstraction in the sense
   that it is all-encompassing. We need
   to see a little that we learn a lot.
 
   It seems to be the body that we feel
   limits our freedom, makes us suffer and
   at last puts out our life. Yet bodies are
   but symbols of a concrete form of fear.
   Fear without symbols calls for no response,
   for symbols can stand for the meaningless.
   Love needs no symbols, being true. But fear
   attaches to specifics, being false.
 
   Bodies attack but minds do not. This thought
   is surely reminiscent of our text,
   where it is often emphasized. This is
   the reason bodies easily become
   fear's symbols. You have many times been urged
   to look beyond the body, for its sight
   presents the symbol of love's "enemy"
   Christ's vision does not see. The body is
   the target for attack, for no-one thinks
   he hates a mind. Yet what but mind directs
   the body to attack? What else could be
   the seat of fear except what thinks of fear?
 
   Hate is specific. There must be a thing
   to be attacked. An enemy must be
   perceived in such a form he can be touched
   and seen and heard, and ultimately killed.
   When hatred rests upon a thing, it calls
   for death as surely as God's Voice proclaims
   there is no death. Fear is insatiable,
   consuming everything its eyes behold;
   seeing itself in everything; compelled
   to turn upon itself and to destroy.
 
   Who sees a brother as a body sees
   him as fear's symbol. And he will attack
   because what he beholds is his own fear
   external to himself, poised to attack,
   and howling to unite with him again.
   Mistake not the intensity of rage
   projected fear must spawn. It shrieks in wrath,
   and claws the air in frantic hope it can
   reach to its maker and devour him.|
 
   This do the body's eyes behold in one
   whom Heaven cherishes, the angels love,
   and God created perfect. This is his
   reality. And in Christ's vision is
   his loveliness reflected in a form
   so holy and so beautiful that you
   could scarce refrain from kneeling at his feet.
   Yet will you take his hand instead, for you
   are like him in the sight which sees him thus.
 
   Attack on him is enemy to you,
   for you will not perceive that in his hands
   is your salvation. Ask him but for this,
   and he will give it to you. Ask him not
   to symbolize your fear. Would you request
   that love destroy itself? Or would you have
   it be revealed to you and set you free?|
 
   Today we practice in a form we have
   attempted earlier. Your readiness
   is closer now, and you will come today
   nearer Christ's vision. If you are intent
   on reaching it, you will succeed today.
   And once you have succeeded, you will not
   be willing to accept the witnesses
   your body's eyes call forth. What you will see
   will sing to you of ancient melodies
   you will remember. You are not forgot
   in Heaven. Would you not remember it?|
 
   Select one brother, symbol of the rest,
   and ask salvation of him. See him first
   as clearly as you can in that same form
   to which you are accustomed. See his face,
   his hands and feet, his clothing. Watch him smile,
   and note familiar gestures that he makes
   so frequently. Then think of this; what you
   are seeing now conceals from you the sight
   of one who can forgive you all your sins,
   whose sacred hands can take the nails which pierce
   your own away, and lift the crown of thorns
   which you have placed upon your bleeding head.
 
   Ask this of him that he may set you free:
 
   " Give me your blessing, holy Son of God,
    I would behold you with the eyes of Christ,
    And see my perfect sinlessness in you."|
 
   And He will answer Whom you called upon,
   for He will hear the Voice of God in you,
   and answer in your own. Behold him now
   whom you had seen as merely flesh and bone,
   and recognize that Christ has come to you.
 
   Today's idea is your sure escape
   from anger and from fear. Be sure you use
   it instantly, should you be tempted to
   attack a brother and perceive in him
   the symbol of your fear. And you will see
   him suddenly transformed from enemy
   to saviour; from the devil into Christ. |

~ The Original Handscript Notes


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LESSON 161
Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.
 
Sarah's Commentary
 
This is a powerful Lesson that focuses on forgiveness. The Lesson can perhaps be called an abstraction of the entire teaching of the Course, addressing our anger, projection, the specifics of the body, and the world of form. It also offers a powerful forgiveness practice. Jesus reminds us that we can "welcome in the Christ where fear and anger had prevailed before." (W.161.1.3) In other words, in the previous Lesson, fear and anger were described as the stranger that invaded our pristine home where Spirit dwells. When we no longer choose to listen to the stranger, space is made in the mind for the truth to prevail.
 
We have been given very specific instructions for our practice and are told: "Today we practice differently, and take a stand against our anger, that our fears may disappear and offer room to love." (W.161.1.1) This is the way we make room for love and choose not to let the stranger continue to reside in our home. Now is the time to take a stand against the ego, not by fighting it or resisting it but simply by not attending to it. This means we must be vigilant in watching our thoughts and monitoring our feelings so we can recognize when the ego is holding court. When we focus on differences and engage in a competition where we try to win at our brother's expense, we are listening to the ego. The ego promises that "getting" will fulfill us and "defending will protect us," but through these tactics, we accumulate more guilt and feel very vulnerable. When we turn to the Holy Spirit, He reminds us of our innocence, our completion, and our invulnerability. There is nothing to defend.
 
I received a vignette today of what happens when we defend. The story goes that on the Star Trek series, the crew of the Starship Enterprise faced a tough dilemma because every time they held up their force-field shields to ward off attack, the ship would lose power. Their shields drained the energy from the ship. The only way the ship could be moved was to drop the shields and find another way to triumph. In the same way, any energy we invest in defense robs us of our creative power and ability to move forward. It is about bringing the darkness that we hide, even from ourselves, to the light in order to liberate the Self we are.
 
"Complete abstraction is the natural condition of the mind ." (W.161.2.1) Another way to say this is that the natural condition of the mind is only love and nothing else. The mind has no boundaries and no limits, but we can't understand abstraction with our current way of seeing. Jesus tells us, "One brother is all brothers. Every mind contains all minds, for every mind is one." (W.161.4.1-2) While it may sound good to us and the words are appealing and may even resonate as the truth, Jesus says that we don't get it. "The mind that taught itself to think specifically can no longer grasp abstraction in the sense that it is all-encompassing." (W.161.4.7) This is because a part of the mind is no longer in its natural state. We no longer look on everything as One, but instead, we see everything in parts. We focus on specifics and now see concrete fragments of the whole, meaning we see everyone as separate and different. In the world of specifics, abstraction no longer exists. The ego set it up this way because we need specific people on whom to project our guilt.
 
The physical world serves this purpose for us, as there are a lot of people and situations in the world where we can project our guilt. It is our way of proving that separation is a fact. We make others responsible for destroying the Oneness of Heaven because we don't want to be responsible for having done this ourselves. We blame others in the hope that God will punish those we deem guilty, instead of us. Now we believe we can keep our separate state, but make someone else responsible. While this is not in our conscious awareness, this thought system is in our minds. We witness it when we notice how much we focus on those who are guilty so that we could see ourselves as innocent by comparison.
 
Jesus now introduces the idea of the body as a specific. Here he says, "It seems to be the body that we feel limits our freedom, makes us suffer, and at last puts out our life." (W.161.5.1) Yet he says that the fact is, bodies are not real and can't make us suffer. Suffering can only come from our wrong-minded choice. In that choice, we let the stranger into our pristine home. In other words, we chose the ego and with it came all our pain, anger, suffering, attack, guilt, and fear. "Yet bodies are but symbols for a concrete form of fear." (W.161.5.2) They provide a concrete symbol on which we could dump our own fear, attack, anger, and hatred. Without a specific target, what would we do with all these feelings? What would we do if there were no one to blame? We would have to take total responsibility for our condition and we are not willing to do that.
 
Think about your own fear, anger, and attack. Recognize how it is always focused on specific bodies. These are our targets for attack. How could we attack if we didn't have something specific on which to project our anger? The body's "sight presents the symbol of love's 'enemy,' Christ's vision does not see." (W.161.6.4) Only when we use our senses and judge our brother do we see the body. He says, "You have many times been urged to look beyond the body. . ." (W.161.6.4) He is not saying we should deny that we are seeing bodies in front of us, but he is asking us to turn to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to give us His interpretation of who our brother really is beyond his body. "Bodies attack, but minds do not." (W.161.6.1) Because the mind is One, there is nothing outside of Oneness to attack; however, as long as there are attack thoughts in the mind, the mind will direct the body to do its bidding, and thus it is "the seat of fear." (W.161.6.7) It is important to recognize that the attack thoughts in the mind are not real. In fact, nothing in this projected world is real.
 
Jesus tells us, "Hate is specific." (W.161.7.1) Projection makes perception. Thus, I am able to see my own self-attacking thoughts in my perception of another. This is why the way we see anyone is the way we see ourselves. The ego's clever trick is to have us pretend that we could get rid of our own guilt and hatred by seeing it in others. Because we don't want to take responsibility for our sins and because the guilt would be overwhelming, the ego's grand plan is for us to find the guilty ones "out there." It has promised us that attack will deliver safety and happiness, but what it does instead, is accumulate more guilt in the mind. Its plan at the end is for our own death; although, our hope is that God will see our enemies as the ones who should be punished, rather than ourselves. Meanwhile, we take on what Jesus calls, "the face of innocence." (T.31.V.2.6) (ACIM OE T.31.V.44) This is our self-image where we see ourselves as trying to make our way as best we can in an unjust world. We try to respond to the attacks coming at us by defending ourselves. We want to satisfy our great need to be innocent, so we try to buy our innocence at the expense of our brothers, but this is not true innocence.
 
Although we project our own anger and attack onto our brothers, we now see them as the attackers! As the "innocent ones," we justify our righteous anger and attack under the ruse that we are only defending ourselves. Because of the clever way the ego has set up this whole drama, we don't see how it all starts in our own minds. We don't want to admit that we actually attack because we want to. We make it seem like we are victims of an attacking world where we are constantly defending against seemingly unjustified attacks. We are not willing to see that it is our own attacks, bouncing back at us. "[W]hat he beholds is his own fear external to himself, poised to attack and howling to unite with him again." (W.161.8.2) "Mistake not the intensity of rage projected fear must spawn. It shrieks in wrath, and claws the air in frantic hope it can reach to its maker and devour him." (W.161.8.3-4) It takes great courage to look at the extent of our murderous thoughts as they fill the mind with horror and accept that these thoughts are beneath the face of innocence.
 
We all want to see ourselves as benign, sweet, and loving beings, who only attack when provoked. Our face of innocence, behind which we hide these hateful thoughts, is the image we try to show to the world. The fact is that we actually want our enemies to be killed, rather than having God kill us. This is what we need to acknowledge, if we are to take responsibility for our own attack thoughts, and bring these dark thoughts to the altar within the mind to be shined away. When we take responsibility for everything we see in our brother as projected from our own minds and see that none of what the ego has made up is true, then the healing process can start. We no longer identify fully with the character in the dream. We increasingly take the place of the observer and see the play for what it is-constructed by the ego so we would forget who we really are.
 
When I am able to accept that there is no one doing anything to me and that there is only my mind to heal, I become willing to take responsibility for my projections, recognizing that they are an opportunity for me to see what has been obscured in my mind. It takes a level of courage and great honesty to acknowledge the viciousness of the ego thought system. Although it is illusory, it cannot be healed while it is hidden from our awareness. This requires that we give up our heavy layer of denial and defense that we hide behind. When we recognize that the way the ego has set it all up and that the initial attack on God never happened except in dreams, we can escape from the ego's program. It is all a myth made up by the ego; although, while we believe in it, we must engage in the process of going through the layers of darkness. It takes great willingness, yet we don't go there alone. Our part is to look at what is coming up in our thoughts and feelings.
 
Jesus cautions us, "No one can escape from illusions unless he looks at them, for not looking is the way they are protected. There is no need to shrink from illusions, for they cannot be dangerous. We are ready to look more closely at the ego's thought system because together we have the lamp that will dispel it, and since you realize you do not want it, you must be ready. Let us be very calm in doing this, for we are merely looking honestly for truth. The 'dynamics' of the ego will be our lesson for a while, for we must look first at this to see beyond it, since you have made it real. We will undo this error quietly together, and then look beyond it to truth." (T.11.V.1.1-6) (ACIM OE T.10.VI.39)
 
Think about how this shows up in your own life. Anytime you make someone responsible for how you feel, and who you are, by blaming them for your lack of happiness and wholeness, you are playing the ego's game. It may be your parents, teachers, ministers, partners, friends, or politicians you blame for your lack of wholeness. In effect, you are saying, "'I am the thing you made of me, and as you look on me, you stand condemned because of what I am.'" (T.31.V.5.3) (ACIM OE T.31.V.47) Isn't this the basis of all our stories? And when we see our brothers as responsible for how we are and what we feel and experience, we don't see that their reality is same as ourselves-someone that Heaven cherishes and the angels love. We don't see their perfection as God created them. "And in Christ's vision is his loveliness reflected in a form so holy and so beautiful that you could scarce refrain from kneeling at his feet." (W.161.9.3)
 
Forgiveness is the answer for our separated condition. For now, we are given a forgiveness exercise that must focus on specifics because that is what we have made. The Holy Spirit will employ these specifics for a purpose, which is different from our own. What we made for sinful purposes can be used by the Holy Spirit to heal our minds, so they can ultimately return to their natural condition of abstraction. The truth is our brother was created perfect, holy and beautiful beyond all form. Jesus asks for us to put our own salvation in our brother's hands because through him love can be "revealed to you and set you free." (W.161.9.9)
 
Each brother gives us an opportunity to see what is in our own minds, mirroring back to us either our choice for the ego or for the Holy Spirit. As we pay attention to the way we perceive anyone, it will reveal to us what we are choosing to believe about ourselves. Yes, it is the brother who we are currently angry with, hate, don't trust, feel betrayed by, feel hurt by, or fear, who helps us recognize our own self-attacks that we have projected onto him. We ask that he not symbolize our fear, but rather set us free. With forgiveness, our underlying sameness is revealed.
 
When a brother triggers a reaction in us, we are given an opportunity to look at what is unhealed in our own minds. We can see where we are attacking ourselves and bring our own self-hatred to the inner altar to be shined away. We ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to undo all that we willingly bring to His attention. He is the Light in our right minds, Who shines away our dark thoughts. But He can't shine anything away that we withhold from Him and defend against. It is up to us to bring awareness to our blocks to love. As we heal, we are no longer triggered by what our brothers seem to do to us. Their seeming attacks are now seen as calls for love and understanding. Now there is no place in us where these attacks could land. Our peace is no longer affected. The Holy Spirit interprets everything a brother does as love, or a call for love. Thus, we choose not to interpret any behavior we see that seems to be attacking as anything but a mistake, rather than a sin that demands punishment. All mistakes can be corrected. They have no effect on our reality. Now, instead of attack, we receive a blessing. This is the choice we can make in each encounter and with each brother. Will we see him as a symbol of our fear, or as a symbol of Christ's love and as our savior? It is up to us.
 
Jesus says that while we attempted this forgiveness practice earlier, in Lessons 78 and 121, we are now even more ready for success. "Your readiness is closer now, and you will come today nearer Christ's vision. If you are intent on reaching it, you will succeed today." (W.161.10.2-3) Our willingness will be strengthened to overlook what our eyes show us about any brother who seems to provoke us. Why would we want to hold onto the fear and hatred when we have such an opportunity to remember, instead, the beautiful ancient melody that calls us home? So today, we choose to do the practice, remembering that our brother is not the symbol of fear we see, but instead a spiritual being like ourselves, before whom, if we saw the truth of his Being, we could "scarce refrain from kneeling at his feet." (W.161.9.3)
 
We are asked today to:
 
"Select one brother, symbol of the rest, and ask salvation of him. See him first as clearly as you can, in that same form to which you are accustomed. See his face, his hands and feet, his clothing. Watch him smile, and see familiar gestures which he makes so frequently. Then think of this: What you are seeing now conceals from you the sight of one who can forgive you all your sins; whose sacred hands can take away the nails which pierce your own, and lift the crown of thorns which you have placed upon your bleeding head. And ask this of him, that he may set you free:
 
"Give me your blessing, holy Son of God. I would behold you with the eyes of Christ, and see my perfect sinlessness in you. " (W.161.11.1-7)
 
While we are asking the blessing of a brother, there is no one outside of our own minds. The blessing is ultimately for ourselves. With each day of practice, we come closer to undoing the blocks and experiencing the truth of who we are, as an abstract Mind of pure Love.
   
Love and blessings, Sarah
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A Course in Miracles
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Chapter Fifteen

The Purpose of Time

   Voice and Music by Martin Weber, CIMS SonShip Radio

I. Introduction                              
    
1 Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? Yet that is what time is for-to learn just that and nothing more. God's Teacher cannot be satisfied with His teaching until it constitutes all your learning. He has not fulfilled His teaching function until you have become such a consistent learner that you learn only of Him. When this has happened, you will no longer need a teacher or time in which to learn.
 
2 One source of perceived discouragement from which you suffer is your belief that this takes time, and that the results of the Holy Spirit's teaching are far in the future. This is not so. For the Holy Spirit uses time in His own way and is not bound by it. [Time is His friend in teaching. It does not waste Him as it does you.] And all the waste that time seems to bring with it is due but to your identification with the ego, which uses time to support its belief in destruction. The ego, like the Holy Spirit, uses time to convince you of the inevitability of the goal and end of teaching. To the ego the goal is death, which is its end. But to the Holy Spirit the goal is life, which has no end.  

II. Uses of Time        
 
3 The ego is an ally of time, but not a friend. For it is as mistrustful of death as it is of life, and what it wants for you it cannot tolerate. The ego wants you dead, but not itself. The outcome of its strange religion must therefore be the conviction that it can pursue you beyond the grave. And out of its unwillingness for you to find peace even in the death it wants for you, it offers you immortality in hell. It speaks to you of Heaven but assures you that Heaven is not for you. How can the guilty hope for Heaven? The belief in hell is inescapable to those who identify with the ego. Their nightmares and their fears are all associated with it.
 
4 The ego teaches that hell is in the future, for this is what all its teaching is directed to. Hell is its goal, for although the ego aims at death and dissolution as an end, it does not believe it. The goal of death, which it craves for you, leaves it unsatisfied. No one who follows the ego's teaching is without the fear of death. Yet if death were thought of merely as an end to pain, would it be feared? We have seen this strange paradox in the ego's thought system before, but never so clearly as here. For the ego must seem to keep fear from you to keep your allegiance. Yet it must engender fear in order to maintain itself.
 
5 Again the ego tries and all too frequently succeeds in doing both by using dissociation for holding its contradictory aims together so that they seem to be reconciled. The ego teaches thus: Death is the end as far as hope of Heaven goes. Yet because you and itself cannot be separated, and because it cannot conceive of its own death, it will pursue you still because guilt is eternal. Such is the ego's version of immortality. And it is this the ego's version of time supports.
 
6 The ego teaches that Heaven is here and now because the future is hell. Even when it attacks so savagely that it tries to take the life of someone who hears it temporarily as the only voice, it speaks of hell even to him. For it tells him hell is here and bids him leap from hell into oblivion. The only time the ego allows anyone to look upon with some amount of equanimity is the past. And even there its only value is that it is no more.
 
7 How bleak and despairing is the ego's use of time! And how terrifying! For underneath its fanatical insistence that the past and future be the same is hidden a far more insidious threat to peace. The ego does not advertise its final threat, for it would have its worshipers still believe that it can offer the escape from it. But the belief in guilt must lead to the belief in hell, and always does. The only way in which the ego allows the fear of hell to be experienced is to bring hell here, but always as a foretaste of the future. For no one who considers himself as deserving hell can believe that punishment will end in peace.
 
8 The Holy Spirit teaches thus: There is no hell. Hell is only what the ego has made of the present. The belief in hell is what prevents you from understanding the present, because you are afraid of it. The Holy Spirit leads as steadily to Heaven as the ego drives to hell. For the Holy Spirit, Who knows only the present, uses it to undo the fear by which the ego would make the present useless. There is no escape from fear in the ego's use of time. For time, according to its teaching, is nothing but a teaching device for compounding guilt until it becomes all-encompassing and demands vengeance forever.
 
9 The Holy Spirit would undo all of this now. Fear is not of the present but only of the past and future, which do not exist. There is no fear in the present when each instant stands clear and separated from the past, without its shadow reaching out into the future. Each instant is a clean, untarnished birth, in which the Son of God emerges from the past into the present. And the present extends forever. It is so beautiful and so clean and free of guilt that nothing but happiness is there. No darkness is remembered, and immortality and joy are now.
 
10 This lesson takes no time. For what is time without a past and future? It has taken time to misguide you so completely, but it takes no time at all to be what you are. Begin to practice the Holy Spirit's use of time as a teaching aid to happiness and peace. Take this very instant, now, and think of it as all there is of time. Nothing can reach you here out of the past, and it is here that you are completely absolved, completely free, and wholly without condemnation. From this holy instant wherein holiness was born again, you will go forth in time without fear and with no sense of change with time.
 
11 Time is inconceivable without change, yet holiness does not change. Learn from this instant more than merely hell does not exist. In this redeeming instant lies Heaven. And Heaven will not change, for the birth into the holy present is salvation from change. Change is an illusion, taught by those who could not see themselves as guiltless. There is no change in Heaven because there is no change in God. In the holy instant in which you see yourself as bright with freedom, you will remember God. For remembering Him is to remember freedom.
 
12 Whenever you are tempted to be dispirited by the thought of how long it would take to change your mind so completely, ask yourself, "How long is an instant?" Could you not give so short a time to the Holy Spirit for your salvation? He asks no more, for He has no need of more. It takes far longer to teach you how to be willing to give Him this than for Him to use this tiny instant to offer you the whole of Heaven. In exchange for this instant, He stands ready to give you the remembrance of eternity.
 
13 You will never give this holy instant to the Holy Spirit on behalf of your release while you are unwilling to give it to your brothers on behalf of theirs. For the instant of holiness is shared, and cannot be yours alone. Remember, then, when you are tempted to attack a brother, that his instant of release is yours. Miracles are the instants of release you offer and will receive. They attest to your willingness to be released and to offer time to the Holy Spirit for His use of it. How long is an instant? It is as short for your brother as it is for you. Practice giving this blessed instant of freedom to all who are enslaved by time and thus make time their friend for them. The Holy Spirit gives their blessed instant to you through your giving it. As you give it, He offers it to you.
 
14 Be not unwilling to give what you would receive of Him, for you join with Him in giving. In the crystal cleanness of the release you give is your instantaneous escape from guilt. You must be holy if you offer holiness. How long is an instant? As long as it takes to reestablish perfect sanity, perfect peace, and perfect love for everyone, for God, and for yourself. As long as it takes to remember immortality and your immortal creations who share it with you. As long as it takes to exchange hell for Heaven. Long enough to transcend all of the ego's making and ascend unto your Father.
 
15 Time is your friend if you leave it to the Holy Spirit to use. He needs but very little to restore God's whole power to you. He Who transcends time for you understands what time is for. Holiness lies not in time but in eternity. There never was an instant in which God's Son could lose his purity. His changeless state is beyond time, for his purity remains forever beyond attack and without variability. Time stands still in his holiness and changes not. And so it is no longer time at all. For, caught in the single instant of the eternal sanctity of God's creation, it is transformed into forever. Give the eternal instant that eternity may be remembered for you in that shining instant of perfect release. Offer the miracle of the holy instant through the Holy Spirit and leave His giving it to you to Him. 
 
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