I. The Two Uses of Time, P 15
15 Time is your friend, if you leave it to the Holy Spirit to use. He needs but very little to restore God’s whole power to you. He Who transcends time for you understands what time is for. Holiness lies not in time, but in eternity. There never was an instant in which God’s Son could lose his purity. His changeless state is beyond time, for his purity remains forever beyond attack and without variability. Time stands still in his holiness, and changes not. And so it is no longer time at all. For caught in the single instant of the eternal sanctity of God’s creation, it is transformed into forever. Give the eternal instant, that eternity may be remembered for you, in that shining instant of perfect release. Offer the miracle of the holy instant through the Holy Spirit, and leave His giving it to you to Him.
We are in this hypnotic trance in which we think we are bodies existing in time and that we eventually die in time. It takes a lot of effort on our part to hold the truth in our mind that this is not reality. We are not in time at all but exist in eternity. To remember that this is true, we must give up the idea of the body as reality. It is only an illusion as is the rest of the world. We exist outside time and outside form.
Since we mostly believe in the body and since most of us cannot comprehend timelessness, the Holy Spirit uses what we believe in to awaken us from this surreal dream. We give Him our thinking errors and He uses time to undo them for us. The Holy Spirit isn’t making us holy; we are already holy. He is only awakening us to our holiness. There has never existed an instant in which we were not holy. We will know this when we are no longer imagining that we are in time.
We cannot wake ourselves up. We need the Holy Spirit for this. What we can do is follow His guidance, using the processes given us in A Course in Miracles to help ourselves accept what He is doing for us. We can practice the truth, and once it begins to dawn in our minds, we can protect it through daily meditation and study. One of the ways I am practicing remembering I am not a body is to deliberately take a mental step back and observing the body with detachment.
I will say to myself I am not chopping vegetables; the body/personality is doing that. I am not worried about how this body looks; the body personality is worried. My feelings are not hurt by those harsh words; the body/personality is hurt. I am unaffected by anything that is happening in the illusion. After a while, I began to achieve that sense of detachment, not just think about it. I have found this very helpful. The world is an illusion. I am not. May I always allow the Holy Spirit to use time on my behalf so that I wake up to see that there never was any time, only eternity.