III. The Guide to Salvation, P 6
6 I have repeatedly emphasized that one level of the mind is not understandable to another. So it is with the ego and the Holy Spirit; with time and eternity. Eternity is an idea of God, so the Holy Spirit understands it perfectly. Time is a belief of the ego, so the lower mind, which is the ego’s domain, accepts it without question. The only aspect of time that is eternal is now.
I cannot really understand eternity with the thinking mind because it is firmly established in time. I can understand that time is not what I think it is, and I have experienced it as flexible when I have asked for this. But eternity is just a word to me. Jesus tells us here that the only aspect of time that is eternal is now. Even that seems strange to me, but it is something I can use. I can make this a practice that invites the Holy Spirit to enlighten my mind, and loosen the hold I have on time as reality.
The way I do this is to stop my thoughts every so often and remind myself that I am here “now.” I stay in that single instant of now for as long as I can, which admittedly is not too long. But in that now moment, I rest without thought of the future or past. I simply experience the moment as it is. This is ridiculously hard to do if I effort it, if I try to stretch it. If I just let it happen and relax into it, the experience is very pleasant for however little time it lasts.
In that quiet, perfect instant, I have made a space in my mind for Holy Spirit to do His work. My hope is that through this practice, I will become willing to allow the now moment to expand. Perhaps as I continue this practice, my understanding will deepen to the degree that is possible while I am in time, or if not my understanding, then the experience of it will expand. The thinking mind is very resistant to this practice, perhaps because without a past or future there is little thinking going on.