Do not, then, be afraid to let go your imagined needs,
which would destroy the relationship. Your only need
relationship which you would substitute for another
has not been offered to the Holy Spirit for His use.
There is no substitute for love. If you would attempt
to substitute one aspect of love for another, you have
placed less value on one and more on the other. You
have not only separated them, but you have also judged
against both. Yet you had judged against yourself first,
or you would never have imagined that you needed them
as they were not. Unless you had seen yourself as without
love, you could not have judged them so like you in
The ego’s use of relationships is so fragmented
that it frequently goes even farther; one part of one
aspect suits its purposes, while it prefers different
parts of another aspect. Thus does it assemble reality
to its own capricious liking, offering for your seeking
a picture whose likeness does not exist. For there is
nothing in Heaven or earth that it resembles, and so,
however much you seek for its reality, you cannot find
it because it is not real.
Everyone on earth has formed special relationships,
and although this is not so in Heaven, the Holy Spirit
knows how to bring a touch of Heaven to them here. In
the holy instant no one is special, for your personal
needs intrude on no one to make them different. Without
the values from the past you would see them all the
same, and like yourself. Nor would you see any separation
between yourself and them. In the holy instant, you
see in each relationship what it will be when you perceive
only the present.
God knows you now. He remembers nothing, having always
known you exactly as He knows you now. The holy instant
parallels His knowing by bringing all perception out
of the past, thus removing the frame of reference you
have built by which to judge your brothers. Once this
is gone, the Holy Spirit substitutes His frame of reference
for it. His frame of reference is simply God. The Holy
Spirit’s timelessness lies only here. For in the
holy instant, free of the past, you see that love is
in you, and you have no need to look without and snatch
it guiltily from where you thought it was.
All your relationships are blessed in the holy instant,
because the blessing is not limited. In the holy instant,
the Sonship gains as one. And united in your blessing,
it becomes one to you.
meaning of love is the meaning God gave to it. Give
to it any meaning apart from His, and it is impossible
to understand it. Every
brother God loves as He loves you; neither less nor
more. He needs them all equally, and so do you.
time, you have been told to offer miracles as Christ
directs, and let the Holy Spirit bring to you those
who are seeking you. Yet in the holy instant, you unite
directly with God, and all your brothers join in Christ.
Those who are joined in Christ are in no way separate.
For Christ is the Self the Sonship shares, as God shares
His Self with Christ.
you that you can judge the Self of God?
has created It beyond judgment, out of His need to extend
Love in you, you have no need except to extend it.
the holy instant there is no conflict of needs, for
there is only one. For the holy instant reaches to eternity,
and to the Mind of God. And it is only there love has
meaning, and only there can it be understood.
is impossible to use one relationship at the expense
of another, and not suffer guilt.
it is equally impossible to condemn part of a relationship
and find peace within it.
the Holy Spirit’s teaching, all relationships
are seen as total commitments, yet they do not conflict
with one another in any way.
faith in each one, for its ability to satisfy you completely,
arises only from perfect faith in yourself. And this
you cannot have, while guilt remains. And there will
be guilt as long as you accept the possibility, and
cherish it, that you can make a brother what he is not
because you would have him so.
have so little faith in yourself because you are unwilling
to accept the fact that perfect love is in you. And
so you seek without for what you cannot find without.
I offer you my perfect faith in you, in place of all
your doubt. But forget not that my faith must be as
perfect in all your brothers as it is in you, or it
would be a limited gift to you.
the holy instant, we share our faith in God’s
Son because we recognize, together, that he is wholly
worthy of it, and in our appreciation of his worth,
we cannot doubt his holiness. And so we love him.