A Course in Miracles

Chapter 27 - The Healing of the Dream

The Quiet Answer


Only within the holy instant can an honest question honestly be asked. And from the meaning of the question does the meaningfulness of the answer come.

Here is it possible to separate your wishes from the answer, so it can be given you, and also be received.

The answer is provided everywhere. Yet it is only here it can be heard.

An honest answer asks no sacrifice because it answers questions truly asked.

The questions of the world but ask of whom is sacrifice demanded, asking not if sacrifice is meaningful at all. And so unless the answer tells “of whom” it will remain unrecognized, unheard, and thus the question is preserved intact because it gave the answer to itself.

The holy instant is the interval in which the mind is still enough to hear an answer which is not entailed within the question asked.

It offers something new and different from the question. How could it be answered if it but repeats itself?



Therefore, attempt to solve no problems in a world from which the answer has been barred.

But bring the problem to the only place which holds the answer lovingly for you.

Here are the answers which will solve your problems because they stand apart from them, and see what can be answered; what the question is.

Within the world the answers merely raise another question, though they leave the first unanswered.

In the holy instant, you can bring the question to the answer, and receive the answer that was made for you.



When you feel the holiness of your relationship is threatened by anything, stop instantly and offer the Holy Spirit your willingness, in spite of fear, to let Him exchange this instant for the holy one which you would rather have. Chap 18 Happy Dream





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