“The holy instant is the result of your determination to be holy. It is the answer. The desire and the willingness to let it come precede its coming. You prepare your mind for it only to the extent of recognizing that you want it above all else. It is not necessary that you do more; indeed, it is necessary that you realize that you cannot do more. Do not attempt to give the Holy Spirit what He does not ask, or you will add the ego to Him and confuse the two.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-18.IV.1)
Jesus here gives instructions for inviting a holy instant. We don’t “prepare,” which would merely be a case of our ego trying to make us think, momentarily, that we are purer than before we started to prepare! We just need a little willingness to experience the holy instant, a sense that we really do want this great blessing above all other blessings (at least at a given point in time). The holy instant will come when invited in just this way. It is a blessing that the Holy Spirit doesn’t ask us to prepare, because we surely would botch the job if we tried! (This is what the ego is attempting to get us to do.)
We need determination only, an intense desire and will that is our part in the whole process. And that is all.
The Holy Spirit will do the rest.
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