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Accepting Holy Spirit’s Lessons in Love

The holy instant is the Holy Spirit’s most useful learning device for teaching you love’s meaning. For its purpose is to suspend judgment entirely. Judgment always rests on the past, for past experience is the basis on which you judge.

The past is the ego’s chief learning device, for it is in the past that you learned to define your own needs and acquired methods for meeting them on your own terms. We have said that to limit love to part of the Sonship is to bring guilt into your relationships, and thus make them unreal. If you seek to separate out certain aspects of the totality and look to them to meet your imagined needs, you are attempting to use separation to save you. How, then, could guilt not enter? For separation is the source of guilt, and to appeal to it for salvation is to believe you are alone. To be alone is to be guilty. For to experience yourself as alone is to deny the Oneness of the Father and His Son, and thus to attack reality.

In His function as Interpreter of what you made, the Holy Spirit uses special relationships, which you have chosen to support the ego, as learning experiences that point to truth. Under His teaching, every relationship becomes a lesson in love. (A Course in Miracles, T-15.V.1:1-3;2;4:5-6.. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The holy instant is a moment in time when we have laid aside our memories of the past. We see the present without meaning, free of projections based on the past. This frees us to let the Holy Spirit replace our projections with His interpretation which will point us to truth.

Each time we are able to set aside our past for a moment becomes a lesson in seeing the true Self in another or ourselves. We join, at least momentarily, with the one Self God created as His Son. We join in the oneness of Love. Though we may return to thinking with ego, the memory of that holy instant remains with us to lead us to awakening to the fact that only Love is real.

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