Remember who you are for within this memory is peace set free.
Today, I sit on the sunny Atlantic shores of mid-Florida. It’s a lovely day and it’s on days such as this that I’m there is nothing these days that really needs my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this may sound, it’s true!
Believe me, I didn’t develop believing and behaving that there’s nobody 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. Anyone who stepped out of line would risk having my wrath of anger yield upon them once again and sometimes I would add a little 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, if you did, you came to the best place!
You see, my spiritual journey has taught me that forgiveness may be the richest tool we’ve inside our toolbox. It is the Tool of all Tools. Without forgiveness, we’d drown inside our hopelessness. Even as we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a smooth slope that contributes to only quicksand below. Once angry, we’re always angry before the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness is as something, you have to wield it wisely to summon the greatest effect – everlasting peace. Yes, forgiveness cultivates peace everlasting. There’s no other tool more efficient in your tool shed. However, in order to use it wisely, one must find its operator’s manual, the manual for self-forgiveness.
What, you say! Yes, the operator’s manual can tell you how to utilize 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. Wise practice would dictate that if forgiveness is a miracle given and thus received, and miracles result from something larger than ourselves, then it must certanly be that Large Portion of ourself that created the everlasting solution. I call it God, but you are able to call it whatever you want.
Now that individuals know what forgiveness is and who it’s for, we have to apply it. You see, if we offer forgiveness unconditioned by egoistic rules, we miraculously develop clarity, meaning, we allow ourselves to see another in a different light.
Seeing is perception. Once we’ve asked for a miraculous solution, our perception changes. As our perception changes, we become nearer to who we’re – Creators – and we begin creating miracles. The Composer of A Course in Miracles foretells us in regards to the miracle of forgiveness:
This is actually the miracle of creation; that it is one forever. Every miracle [of forgiveness] you offer to the Son of God is but the true perception of one aspect of the whole. Though every part is the entire, you cannot know this before you see that every aspect is the exact same, perceived in the exact same light and therefore one. Everyone seen without yesteryear thus brings you nearer to the end of time by bringing healed and healing sight to the darkness and enabling the planet to see. For light must come to the darkened world to make Christ’s vision possible even here. Help Him to give His gift of light to all who think they wander in the darkness, and let Him gather them into His quiet sight that makes 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 if we dare to have a leap of faith and change our perception of another, we proclaim Oneness. We announce to the Universe that individuals understand that what’s given is received. Even as we offer forgiveness to at least one 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 start to see as Christ did (does). Christ heals us through forgiving sight because His was forgiven. Therefore, whenever we elect to overlook or pardon the mistake of another, our unhealed perception of another’s guilt is healed. Because we’re One, we heal once we offer healing.
When someone or something does anything that takes your peace away, say to yourself, “You’re forgiven.” It is entirely your decision to decide whether to state this aloud to anyone and in some instances it will not be necessary. For several that’s necessary is that you’ve agreed to help make the offer and have vowed to never rescind. This is one way true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that individuals are One, we also understand that since forgiveness is given and received as one then it must show that nobody really must be forgiven, right? It is exactly like giving somebody 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 their birthdays and they return the exact same amount of money to your children for their birthdays? Whose further ahead economically, you or your sibling? No body, right? Why don’t they agree to help keep their own cash and give it to their kids in your behalf? Wouldn’t that produce more sense?
Once you look upon forgiveness from this same vantage point (perception), you can easily see that nobody really needs forgiveness because once we give it, it comes back again to us just like a boomerang. Keep in mind it like this. If you imagine someone must be forgiven, then so do you. On another hand, if you may not believe you need to be forgiven, then neither does the other.
The next time, we shall discuss what true forgiveness does if it is given. For the time being, I lovingly encourage one to open your heart and change your mind for as you do, you could have end up being the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.