Remember who you’re for within this memory is peace set free.
Today, I take a seat on the sunny Atlantic shores of mid-Florida. It’s a beautiful day and it’s on days such as this that Personally i think there’s nothing in this world that really needs my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this might sound, it is true!
Trust me, I did not develop believing and behaving that there surely is no one or no-thing to forgive. I grew up believing that people, not me, need my forgiveness and that I would honor them with it only as I saw fit a course in miracles podcasts. I also grew up understanding that forgiveness was conditional. Anybody who stepped out of line would risk having my wrath of anger yield upon them yet again and often times I would add a little something to the mix by vowing to never forgive them again. Does any one of this sound familiar? Did you develop with similar beliefs about forgiveness?
Well, in the event that you did, you came to the proper place!
You see, my spiritual journey has taught me that forgiveness could be the richest tool we have in our toolbox. It is the Tool of all Tools. Without forgiveness, we’d drown in our hopelessness. As we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a smooth slope that results in nothing but quicksand below. Once angry, we are always angry before solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness is really as something, you’ve got to wield it wisely to summon the greatest effect – everlasting peace. Yes, forgiveness cultivates peace everlasting. There’s no other tool more effective in your tool shed. However, to be able to utilize it wisely, one must find its operator’s manual, the manual for self-forgiveness.
What, you say! Yes, the operator’s manual will tell you how to make use of self-forgiveness wisely. Well, you ask, if the operator’s manual is our guide to everlasting peace, who, then, created the operator’s manual? Good question. Common sense would dictate that when forgiveness is magic given and thus received, and miracles come from something bigger than ourselves, then it should be that Large Portion of ourself that created the everlasting solution. I call it God, but you can call it anything you want.
Now that people understand what forgiveness is and who it is for, we need to apply it. You see, once we offer forgiveness unconditioned by egoistic rules, we miraculously develop clarity, meaning, we allow ourselves to see another in an alternative light.
Seeing is perception. Once we’ve called for a miraculous solution, our perception changes. As our perception changes, we become closer to who we are – Creators – and we begin creating miracles. The Author of A Course in Miracles foretells us in regards to the miracle of forgiveness:
This is actually the miracle of creation; that it’s one forever. Every miracle [of forgiveness] you offer to the Son of God is but the actual perception of one aspect of the whole. Though every part is the whole, you can’t know this and soon you see that each aspect is the exact same, perceived in the exact same light and therefore one. Everyone seen without days gone by thus brings you nearer to the finish of time by bringing healed and healing sight into the darkness and enabling the world to see. For light must come into the darkened world to make Christ’s vision possible even here. Help Him to provide His gift of light to any or all who think they wander in the darkness, and let Him gather them into His quiet sight that produces them one.
The Author speaks of “The Son of God.” The Son is you and I together as One. True forgiveness creates true perception, meaning, that once we dare to take a leap of faith and change our perception of another, we proclaim Oneness. We announce to the Universe that people realize that what’s given is received. As we offer forgiveness to 1 we once thought was guilty (of some act), we wisely elect to see differently. As our perception changes, our sight is healed. As He heals our sight, we commence to see as Christ did (does). Christ heals us through forgiving sight because His was forgiven. Therefore, when we elect to overlook or pardon the mistake of another, our unhealed perception of another’s guilt is healed. Because we are One, we heal once we offer healing.
If someone or something does anything that takes your peace away, say to yourself, “You’re forgiven.” It is entirely your responsibility to determine if to state this out loud to the person and in some cases it will not be necessary. For several that is necessary is that you’ve agreed to really make the offer and have vowed to never rescind. This is one way true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that people are One, we also realize that since forgiveness is given and received as one then it must show that no one really must be forgiven, right? It is the same as giving an individual who needs two dollars and you give him two dollars, and as you give him two dollars, he gives you two in return. Haven’t you ever done this along with your sister or brother’s kids for his or her birthdays and they return the exact same amount of money to your young ones for his or her birthdays? Whose further ahead economically, you or your sibling? No-one, right? Why don’t they agree to help keep their very own cash and give it for their kids on your own behalf? Wouldn’t which make more sense?
Once you look upon forgiveness using this same vantage point (perception), you can easily see that no one really needs forgiveness because once we give it, it comes back to us just like a boomerang. Remember it like this. If you believe someone must be forgiven, then so do you. On one other hand, if you may not believe you need to be forgiven, then neither does the other.
The next occasion, we shall discuss what true forgiveness does when it’s given. Meanwhile, I lovingly encourage one to open up your heart and change your mind for as you do, you will have end up being the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.