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Sitting as the Christ Self in a Holy Instant

“This moment without awareness of the body was beautifully described in A Course in Miracles as the Holy Instant. You may not think observation of your body is a good way to achieve this, but as you observe you learn to hold yourself apart from what you see. A reminder is needed here, however, a reminder to not observe with your mind, but with your heart.” (ACOL, C:8.19)

In The Way of Mastery, another work which many believe was channeled by Jesus, we hear that we are to sit for five minutes a day imagining ourselves as a “Christed” being. We are, obviously, sitting in our bodies when we do this. And the similarities to today’s passage from A Course of Love are striking.

When we observe the body in a holy instant, we are not thinking as an egoic being. We have left the ego behind at such times. We are thinking as the inner Christ Self, the One joined to God in the center of our being. And this “center of our being” is often called in ACOL the heart. ACOL makes much of the heart, because in so doing Jesus has by-passed the confused mind, the mind that has been entrapped by the ego for eons. Now we are free of a burden that has hampered our rise to God Himself. That burden is the ego, and as we turn aside from it, we are making a new beginning.

In A Course in Miracles, much was made of the holy instant. It was a moment free of time as well as free of the body, for we were caught in the reality of a heaven on earth—if only for that moment of the holy instant. Now we are encouraged, in The Way of Mastery, to sit with our bodies in observation, and in so doing, we see our bodies as apart from us. We don’t see the physical as the inevitable thing that is going to drag us downward. We observe our bodies, and then we let go—into a higher elevation, the one prompted by our heart.

Let the musings of our heart direct us today. Let go of anything and everything that would hinder the approach of a holy instant, a holy instant spent apart from the body because we are simply observing its illusion. The physical is, after all, an illusion, though it seems very real to us. And when we see the physical as an illusion, we don’t take it very seriously. We live, for the moment, sitting as a Christed being.

Holy Instant of Release

ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 – for Monday, August 15, 2011

Affirmation:  “This is my holy instant of release.”

“Father, it is today that I am free, because my will is Yours.  I thought to make another will, yet nothing that I thought apart from You exists.  And I am free because I was mistaken, and did not affect my own reality at all by my illusions.  Now I give them up, and lay them down before the feet of truth, to be removed forever from my mind.  This is my holy instant of release.  Father, I know my will is one with Yours.  (WB405)”


Let us ask today for our “holy instant of release.”  This prayer, like all of those in this section of the Workbook, is written with a loving and kind message of Awakening, waiting for all of us.

We have a free will because we recognize that our real will and the will of God are the same.  The Holy Spirit tells us what that real will is; we would be wise to listen to Him.  We live in an illusory world, and so we have made mistakes rather than “sinned.”  This is a departure from the Bible, an important departure in A Course in Miracles.  We can ask that our mistakes be removed, that we be cleansed of all unrighteousness, and we can rest in the assured promise that these mistakes will, in fact, be removed.  We will not be attracted to repeat the same mistake again (though sometimes we will do so), but we would be attracted to that mistake if we regaled ourselves with thoughts that we had sinned.  Misdeeds which we characterize as sin, according to ACIM, have an inherently attracting feature about them.  We may not understand this, but the ego is not honest.  It does not mean us well (an ACIM tenet).

If we would be free of mistakes, we must lay them at the feet of truth, as this passage says.  We would be honest (which actually means “consistent,” according to the Text), and we would eliminate our wrongdoing from our repertoire of words or deeds.  Turn to the Holy Spirit when tempted to do that which we know to be wrong in God’s sight.  Know that our conscience can sometimes mislead us, but the Holy Spirit, if listened to rightly, will never deceive.


Dear Father/Mother,

I would know, today, a holy instant of release.  May I be cleansed of my past mistakes; may I choose aright the next time a decision is called for.  Be with me today as I try to be kind and good to all those whom I meet.

I would not make the same mistakes again, but I know that dwelling on the past is not what You recommend.  My present confidence directs my way, as A Course in Miracles says.  May I live in the present, making plans only when directed to do so by the Holy Spirit.