Remember who you are 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 similar to this that I’m there is nothing these days that requires my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this may sound, it is true!
Trust me, I didn’t develop believing and behaving that there’s no one or no-thing to forgive. I grew up believing that individuals, not me, need my forgiveness and that I would honor them with it only as I saw fit david hoffmeister podcast. 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 more and often times I would add a little 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, in the event that you did, you came to the right place!
You see, my spiritual journey has taught me that forgiveness is the richest tool we have inside our toolbox. It is the Tool of all Tools. Without forgiveness, we’d drown inside our hopelessness. As we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a slippery slope that contributes to only quicksand below. Once angry, we’re always angry before the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness is as a tool, you’ve got 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, in order 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 show you how to make use of 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. Good sense would dictate when 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 can call it what you may want.
Now that individuals know very well what forgiveness is and who it is for, we have to apply it. You see, whenever 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 called for a miraculous solution, our perception changes. As our perception changes, we become closer to who we’re – Creators – and we begin creating miracles. The Author of A Course in Miracles talks to us about the miracle of forgiveness:
This is actually the miracle of creation; 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 all facets is the whole, you can’t know this before you see that each aspect is the exact same, perceived in the exact same light and therefore one. Everyone seen without the past thus brings you nearer to the end of time by bringing healed and healing sight into the darkness and enabling the planet 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 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 whenever we dare to have a leap of faith and change our perception of another, we proclaim Oneness. We announce to the Universe that individuals realize that what’s given is received. 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 begin to see as Christ did (does). Christ heals us through forgiving sight because His was forgiven. Therefore, once 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 even as we offer healing.
When someone or something does something that takes your peace away, tell yourself, “You’re forgiven.” It is entirely up to you to determine whether or not to say this aloud to the person and in some instances it won’t be necessary. For many that’s necessary is that you’ve agreed to make the offer and have vowed to prevent rescind. This is one way true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that individuals are One, we also realize that since forgiveness is given and received as you then it must signify no one really needs to be forgiven, right? It is exactly like giving someone who needs two dollars and you give him two dollars, and as you give him two dollars, he offers you two in return. Haven’t you ever done this together with your sister or brother’s kids because of their birthdays and they return the exact same amount of money to your young ones because of their birthdays? Whose further ahead economically, you or your sibling? No one, right? Why don’t they agree to help keep their own cash and give it to their kids in your behalf? Wouldn’t which make more sense?
Whenever you look upon forgiveness using this same vantage point (perception), it is simple to see that no one really needs forgiveness because even as we give it, it comes back once again to us such as for instance a boomerang. Remember it like this. If you believe someone needs to 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 occasion, we shall discuss what true forgiveness does when it is given. For the time being, I lovingly encourage you to open your heart and change your brain for as you do, you will have become the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.