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Is the moment of our awakening predestined, or can we speed it's coming?

Question: I kind of get the impression that we could decide this instant on the Atonement and it would happen. But maybe it was written that I should decide this instant? If nothing we think, say, or do makes any difference one way or the other, it seems like a waste of time and money to continue with this spiritual quest. Please let's hear your take on this.

Also, I am kind of confused about a perception I am having and hope you can shed some light on it. There are several people that say they channel Jesus. Among them are Paul Tuttle who channels Raj, Brent Haskell who channels Jeshua, the guy that wrote “Conversations with God,” and of course, you. I have never heard you contradict the Course, but these other fellows do seem to contradict it. In my latest discovery, Brent has written that there is absolutely nothing that can be done to assist in our awakening. He says that it is predetermined exactly when it will happen. The Course, on the other hand, tells us in several places that we are saving time through its help. Now I realize that these guys and the Course and everything is all illusion, but I thought Holy Spirit used illusion to assist us in our quest. Now either these guys are wrong or the Course is wrong, because they contradict. My question is: Is it possible that ego could be trying to undermine my faith in the teaching of Holy Spirit by presenting me with conflicting teaching that is reportedly all coming from the same place? Am I being deliberately misled or have I simply misunderstood something? If there is nothing that can be done at all to hasten our awakening, what is the spiritual search all about? What is the Course for?

Answer: You have come upon the deepest teaching on Being Awake! You are the One Now, and nothing of linear time that seems to be thought, said, done, or imagined has anything to do with our Eternal Oneness. I have posted the article to which you refer in our files section online on the left hand column and shall send it out "monthly" as an ever Present reminder of our focus Now. This teaching is the Experience to which the Course points. This is the Holy Instant! There is truly nothing to be "done" to prepare for It. Simply desire It wholly and It is Experienced Instantly. Remember Christ has called this a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. Remember the section in Chapter 18 in “A Course in Miracles” titled "I Need Do Nothing" and the instruction "You ARE prepared. Now you need but to remember you need do nothing. It would be far more profitable now merely to concentrate on this than to consider what you should do." (T-18.VII.5:4-6) There are passages in the Text, the Workbook, and the Manual For Teachers that point directly to the Holy Instant, for the mind that is willing. In the timeless moment, the Holy Instant, there are no contradictions. Cause and Effect are together, and thus there is no gap between them. What does this mean? It means that there is no "past" which "causes" a "future,” for only a bright, clear, shining moment remains in "memory." It means everything exists simultaneously this very moment and that nothing can be "pulled apart" from the Whole.

The phrase "the script is written" has a predetermined ring to it and a sense of destiny. Yes, this world was over long ago. Yes, what is past has gone. Yes, Christ is Real and ever-Present. And yes, Now is the only "time" to be Awake. Heaven seems to be a decision for the mind which believes in opposites, yet Atonement is accurately described as an acceptance of what is Now. You cannot "prepare" for It without "placing It in the future." That is why surrender is necessary. Surrender the thought that anything of this world can be figured out. Forgiven—yes! Figured out—no!

The concept of channeling was but a tool of time. Channeling is therefore past. As with all concepts of linear time, channeling was dualistic, with source and scribe seeming to be apart. Yet the Oneness of the moment has no parts. Christ, as an Effect of God, is One with God forever. The Oneness that is God and Christ in God is Everything. Heaven is Abstract Light and extends as Eternal Creation. To the "extent" that any transitory concept seemed to point beyond all concepts to the Real, the concept seemed to be temporarily helpful. Yet it must be understood that the Holy Instant is Now the Point at which all concepts are laid by.

Now is the time of the Great Awakening. For the willing mind, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The Kingdom is recognized in the Divine Silence. The Experience is beyond words. Love is a State of Mind Which knows no "other." Very literally, the Self is Christ is One.

You need do nothing to Be as You already are. What You have is Who You are. God gives Everything in Creation, and Everything is You. Nothing can be added to Our Perfection in God. The Grace of God is the Gift of Creation. "I am" can not, need not, will not be earned or achieved. "I am" simply Is. "I am" is before time was. And this is "why" You need do nothing to Be as You already are. Such is the Simple Truth.

Love and Blessings as the One Christ forever in the Mind of God, David