15 - Purpose of Time
Instant & Real Relationships
instant does not replace the need for learning, for
the Holy Spirit must not leave you as your Teacher until
the holy instant has extended far beyond time.
a teaching assignment such as His, He must use everything
in this world for your release.
side with every sign or token of your willingness to
learn of Him what the truth must be. He is swift to
utilize whatever you offer Him on behalf of this. His
concern and care for you are limitless. In the face
of your fear of forgiveness, which He perceives as clearly
as He knows forgiveness is release, He will teach you
to remember that forgiveness is not loss but your salvation.
And that in complete forgiveness, in which you recognize
that there is nothing to forgive, you are absolved completely.
Him gladly and learn of Him that you have need of no
special relationships at all.
seek in them what you have thrown away. And through
them you will never learn the value of what you have
cast aside but what you still desire with all your hearts.
Let us join together in making the holy instant all
that there is by desiring that it be all that there
is. God's Son has such great need of your willingness
to strive for this that you cannot conceive of need
so great. Behold the only need that God and His Son
share and will to meet together. You are not alone in
this. The will of your creations call to you to share
your will with them. Turn, then, in peace from guilt
to God and them.
only with what will never leave you and what you can
never leave. The loneliness of God's Son is the loneliness
of his Father. Refuse not the awareness of your completion
and seek not to restore it to yourselves. Fear not to
give redemption over to your Redeemer's love. He will
not fail you, for He comes from One Who cannot fail.
Accept your sense of failure as nothing more than a
mistake in who you are. For the holy host of God is
beyond failure, and nothing that he wills can be denied.
You are forever in a relationship so holy that it calls
to everyone to escape from loneliness and join you in
your love. And where you are must everyone seek and
find you there.
but an instant on this:
the Sonship to you to ensure your perfect creation.
This was His gift, for as He withheld Himself not from
you, He withheld not His creation. Nothing that ever
was created but is yours. Your relationships are with
the universe. And this universe, being of God, is far
beyond the petty sum of all the separate bodies you
perceive. For all its parts are joined in God through
Christ, where they become like to their Father. For
Christ knows of no separation from His Father, Who is
His one relationship, in which He gives as His Father
gives to Him.
Spirit is God's attempt to free you of what He does
not understand. And because of the Source of the attempt,
it will succeed. The Holy Spirit asks you to respond
as God does, for He would teach you what you do not
understand. God would respond to every need, whatever
form it takes. And so He has kept this channel open
to receive His communication to you and yours to Him.
God does not understand your problem in communication,
for He does not share it with you. It is only you who
believe that it is understandable.
Spirit knows that it is not understandable, and yet
He understands it because you have made it. In Him alone
lies the awareness of what God cannot know and what
you do not understand. It is His holy function to accept
them both, and by removing every element of disagreement,
to join them into one. He will do this because it is
then, what seems to you to be impossible to Him Who
knows it must be possible because it is the Will of
Him Whose teaching is only of God teach you the only
meaning of relationships. For God created the only relationship
which has meaning, and that is His relationship with
ego would limit your perception of your brothers to
the body, so would the Holy Spirit release your vision
and let you see the Great Rays shining from them, so
unlimited that they reach to God. It is this shift in
vision which is accomplished in the holy instant. Yet
it is needful for you to learn just what this shift
entails, so you will become willing to make it permanent.
Given this willingness, it will not leave you, for it
is permanent. For once you have accepted it as the only
perception you want, it is translated into knowledge
by the part which God Himself plays in the Atonement,
for it is the only step in it He understands. Therefore,
in this there will be no delay when you are ready for
it. God is ready now, but you are not.
is but to continue as fast as possible the necessary
process of looking straight at all the interference
and seeing it exactly as it is. For it is impossible
to recognize as wholly without gratification what you
think you want. The body is the symbol of the ego, as
the ego is the symbol of the separation. And both are
nothing more than attempts to limit communication and
thereby to make it impossible. For communication must
be unlimited in order to have meaning, and deprived
of meaning, it will not satisfy you completely. Yet
it remains the only means by which you can establish
have no limits, having been established by God. In the
holy instant, where the Great Rays replace the body
in awareness, the recognition of relationships without
limits is given you. But to see this, it is necessary
to give up every use the ego has for the body and to
accept the fact that the ego has no purpose you would
share with it. For the ego would limit everyone to a
body for its purposes, and while you think it has a
purpose, you will choose to utilize the means by which
it tries to turn its purpose into accomplishment. This
will never be accomplished. Yet you have surely recognized
that the ego, whose goals are altogether unattainable,
will strive for them with all its might and will do
so with the strength which you have given it.
impossible to divide your strength between Heaven and
hell, God and the ego, and release your power unto creation,
which is the only purpose for which it was given you.
Love would always give increase. Limits are demanded
by the ego, representing its demands to make little
and ineffectual. Limit your vision of a brother to his
body, which you will do as long as you would not release
him from it, and you have denied his gift to you. His
body cannot give it. And seek it not through yours.
Yet your minds are already continuous, and their union
need only be accepted, and the loneliness in Heaven
would but let the Holy Spirit tell you of the love of
God for you and the need your creations have to be with
you forever, you would experience the attraction of
the eternal. No one can hear Him speak of this and long
remain willing to linger here.
it is your will to be in Heaven, where you are complete
and quiet in such sure and loving relationships that
any limit is impossible.
you not exchange your little relationships for this?
For the body is little and limited, and only those whom
you would see without the limits the ego would impose
on them can offer you the gift of freedom.
no conception of the limits you have placed on your
perception and no idea of all the loveliness that you
could see. But this you must remember—the attraction
of guilt opposes the attraction of God. His attraction
for you remains unlimited, but because your power, being
His, is as great as His, you can turn away from love.
What you invest in guilt, you withdraw from God. And
your sight grows weak and dim and limited, for you have
attempted to separate the Father from the Son and limit
their communication. Seek not Atonement in further separation.
And limit not your vision of God's Son to what interferes
with his release and what the Holy Spirit must undo
to set him free. For his belief in limits has imprisoned
When the body ceases to attract you and when you place
no value on it as a means for getting anything, then
there will be no interference in communication, and
your thoughts will be as free as God's.
let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only
for purposes of communication and renounce its use for
separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you
will learn you have no need of a body at all. In the
holy instant there are no bodies, and you experience
only the attraction of God. Accepting it as undivided,
you join Him wholly in an instant. [For you would place
no limits on your union with Him.] The reality of this
relationship becomes the only truth that you could ever
want. All truth is here.