“This course is not beyond immediate learning, unless you believe that what God wills takes time. And this means only that you would rather delay the recognition that His Will is so. The holy instant is this instant and every instant. The one you want it to be it is. The one you would not have it be is lost to you. You must decide when it is. Delay it not.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-15.IV.1)
We must choose holy instants, now and always, and, once chosen, our pathway is smooth. God’s Will is to give us holy instants, one right after the other, no delay at all.
What is a holy instant? It is a moment in time, at first an isolated moment, in which we see with the eyes of love and reject nobody. We attack not at all. We are serene in our experience of loving our brother.
From this quotation, we can see that the isolated holy instant is meant to expand into an all-encompassing series of holy instants that know no end. This can happen, though it may be rare in this world for most of us. Jesus recommends that we not delay in seeking the holy instant in every instance caught in time. By our own decision we experience holy instants in this way, one right after the other in a free-flowing experience of grace.
Ask for a holy instant as you commune now with the Holy Spirit. He will not delay in seeing that your prayer is answered. Only a mind in turmoil could delay the experience of the holy instant. Ask that your mind be stilled, and in the midst of this stillness, the miracle will happen. A holy instant will be yours.
5 thoughts on “Holy Instants”
This is one of my most favorite quotes from ACIM. It’s always beneficial to read it again and be reminded once more. Thank you for your commentary.
Thank you, David. I once had a particular holy instant that was life transforming. I long for many more.
Such an enlightening post, dear Cilia. May God help me find a holy instance. Well said. 👏