The Holy Instant is A Course in Miracles‘ term for the present. The present is outside of time and it cannot be contained by space. It is a moment of peace and happiness in which we rest in the knowledge that we are God‘s children in whom He is well-pleased. In the present, it is clear that the separation is an illusion and all its negative effects illusions as well. In the Holy Instant, we know ourselves as we are in Creation, and are not deceived by the ego‘s lies. The Holy Instant is not personal. It cannot be used or manipulated. Its whole value is in the way it teaches us that only God’s Will is real, and that God wills only perfect peace and happiness for all life. The Holy Instant is not an accomplishment; it is a gift that we can accept or decline. Though it appears to come and go, its lessons, once learned, cannot be forgotten. Thus, the Holy Instant is a living symbol of God’s eternal love for Creation.