“You who are now the bringer of salvation have the function of bringing light to darkness. The darkness in you has been brought to light. Carry it back to darkness, from the holy instant to which you brought it. We are made whole in our desire to make whole. Let not time worry you, for all the fear that you and your brother experience is really past. Time has been readjusted to help us do, together, what your separate pasts would hinder.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-18.III.7)
We are said to be bringers of salvation now, and we have barely begun reading the Text of A Course in Miracles. This must give us hope; Jesus has a lot of confidence in us.
The holy instants which we have now will transform us; it is the light that has risen in us, the vision that we now know. A holy instant is a particular moment in time, a moment in which we feel ineffable peace and pure joy, a moment for which we are encouraged not to prepare. The holy instant is the Holy Spirit’s gift to us. And the holy instant is a gift that we and our brother share. In this, we become One again. The transformation of our special relationship into a holy one has begun.
There is an interesting take on time in this quotation that bears some reflection. Jesus can adjust time! He says so! We who are strict realists in regard to physical reality will find this assertion hard to accept. The adjustment is not something that can be measured by physical machines, such as clocks. But have we not ourselves observed many times that time sometimes seems to stand still, sometimes seems to speed ahead? If Jesus is here talking about an actual physical occurrence, the clocks (the measuring devices) would themselves have been altered as well. In the final analysis, we don’t know if Jesus refers to physical reality in this quotation, or to simply our perception of physical reality. We know that our perception of the passing of time is subject to variation, and we have known this long before we started reading A Course in Miracles.
It is enough to know that time will be adjusted to allow us to experience the holy instant, which is a miracle. Elsewhere Jesus also says that time is adjusted for us to perform miracles.
The actual facts here are less relevant than the ethereal nature of the holy instant. We are being taken out of ourselves to an experience of pure love, and we will return to ourselves with more of our consciousness transformed. We are making progress.