Saturday, August 23, 2008

Small holy moments

"The simplest level of teaching appears to be quite superficial. It consists of what seem to be very casual encounters; a "chance" meeting of two apparent strangers in an elevator, a child who is not looking where he is going running into an adult "by chance," two students "happening" to walk home together. These are not chance encounters. Each of them has the potential for becoming a teaching-learning situation. Perhaps the seeming strangers in the elevator will smile to one another, perhaps the adult will not scold the child for bumping into him; perhaps the students will become friends. Even at the level of the most casual encounter, it is possible for two people to lose sight of separate interests, if only for a moment. That moment will be enough. Salvation has come."
ACIM Manual section III

I have felt this instinctively. Some moments have just felt special and holy even if very small. For instance, once I borrowed a pen from a stranger in a supermarket, or even once my eyes met with those of a nun's on the street for a split second. I just knew something special had happened.

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