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 wonderful day and it’s on days like this that Personally i think there is nothing these days that requires my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this may sound, it’s true!
Trust me, I did not develop believing and behaving that there is nobody or no-thing to forgive. I grew up believing that folks, not me, need my forgiveness and that I’d honor them with it only as I saw fit david hoffmeister podcast. 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 once more and often times I’d add something to the mix by vowing to prevent forgive them again. Does any of this sound familiar? Did you develop with similar beliefs about forgiveness?
Well, if you did, you came to the proper place!
You see, my spiritual journey has taught me that forgiveness is the richest tool we have in our toolbox. It’s the Tool of Tools. Without forgiveness, we’d drown in our hopelessness. As we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a slippery slope that contributes to nothing but quicksand below. Once angry, we’re always angry until the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness is really as an instrument, you have to wield it wisely to summon the best 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 can tell you how to use self-forgiveness wisely. Well then, 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 a miracle given and thus received, and miracles come from something bigger than ourselves, then it must certanly be that Large Percentage of ourself that created the everlasting solution. I call it God, but you can call it what you may want.
Now that we know very well 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 an alternative light.
Seeing is perception. Once we’ve called 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 Writer of A Course in Miracles foretells us about the miracle of forgiveness:
This is the miracle of creation; that it is one forever. Every miracle [of forgiveness] you offer to the Son of God is but the actual perception of taking care of of the whole. Though every part is the complete, you cannot know this before you see that each aspect is exactly the same, perceived in exactly the same light and therefore one. Everyone seen without yesteryear thus brings you nearer to the conclusion of time by bringing healed and healing sight in to the darkness and enabling the planet to see. For light must come in to the darkened world to create 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 which 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 we understand that what is given is received. As we offer forgiveness to at least one we once thought was guilty (of some act), we wisely choose 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 choose to overlook or pardon the mistake of another, our unhealed perception of another’s guilt is healed. Because we’re One, we heal even as we offer healing.
If someone or something does something that takes your peace away, say to yourself, “You’re forgiven.” It’s entirely your decision to determine whether or not to say it out loud to the person and sometimes it will not be necessary. For several that is necessary is that you’ve agreed to really make the offer and have vowed to prevent rescind. This is the way true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that we are One, we also understand that since forgiveness is given and received as you then it must mean that nobody really needs to be forgiven, right? It’s just like giving an individual who needs two dollars and you give him two dollars, and as you give him two dollars, he provides you with two in return. Haven’t you ever done this with your sister or brother’s kids for his or her birthdays and they return exactly the 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 keep their particular cash and give it to their kids in your behalf? Wouldn’t that produce more sense?
When you look upon forgiveness from this same vantage point (perception), you can easily observe that nobody really needs forgiveness because even as we give it, it comes back once again to us like a boomerang. Remember it like this. If you believe someone needs to be forgiven, then so do you. On the other hand, if you don’t believe you must be forgiven, then neither does the other.
The next time, we shall discuss what true forgiveness does when it is given. In the meantime, I lovingly encourage you to open your heart and change your brain for as you do, you could have become the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.