Remember who you are for within this memory is peace set free.
Today, I lay on the sunny Atlantic shores of mid-Florida. It’s a lovely day and it’s on days similar to this that I feel there’s nothing these days that really needs my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this may sound, it is true!
Believe me, I didn’t develop believing and behaving that there is no one or no-thing to forgive. I spent my youth believing that people, not me, need my forgiveness and that I’d honor them with it only as I saw fit david hoffmeister podcast. I also spent my youth understanding that forgiveness was conditional. Anybody who stepped out of line would risk having my wrath of anger yield upon them once again and often times I’d add something to the mix by vowing to never forgive them again. Does some of this sound familiar? Did you develop with similar beliefs about forgiveness?
Well, if you did, you stumbled on the right place!
You see, my spiritual journey has taught me that forgiveness is the richest tool we’ve in our toolbox. It’s the Tool of Tools. Without forgiveness, we would drown in our hopelessness. Once we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto an elusive slope that results in just quicksand below. Once angry, we are always angry until the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness is as a tool, you have to wield it wisely to summon the greatest effect – everlasting peace. Yes, forgiveness cultivates peace everlasting. There is no other tool more effective 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 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. Wise practice would dictate that when forgiveness is a miracle given and thus received, and miracles originate from something larger than ourselves, then it must be that Large Percentage of ourself that created the everlasting solution. I call it God, but you can call it whatever you want.
Now that individuals know very well what forgiveness is and who it is for, we need 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 asked for a miraculous solution, our perception changes. As our perception changes, we become nearer to who we are – Creators – and we begin creating miracles. The Author of A Course in Miracles foretells us about the miracle of forgiveness:
This is the miracle of creation; that it’s one forever. Every miracle [of forgiveness] you offer to the Son of God is but the true perception of taking care of of the whole. Though every part is the entire, you can’t know this and soon you see that every aspect is exactly the same, perceived in exactly the 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 entire world to see. For light must come into the darkened world to produce Christ’s vision possible even here. Help Him to give His gift of light to all or any 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 whenever we dare to take 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. Once we offer forgiveness to one we once thought was guilty (of some act), we wisely decide 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 decide 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 whatever takes your peace away, say to yourself, “You’re forgiven.” It’s entirely your responsibility to choose whether or not to say it aloud to anyone and in some cases it won’t be necessary. For several that is necessary is that you’ve agreed to make the offer and have vowed to never rescind. This is how 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 imply that no one really needs to be forgiven, right? It’s exactly like giving somebody 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 with your sister or brother’s kids because of their birthdays and they return exactly the same amount of cash to your children because of their birthdays? Whose further ahead economically, you or your sibling? Nobody, right? Why don’t they agree to help keep their own cash and give it for their kids on your behalf? Wouldn’t that produce more sense?
When you look upon forgiveness from this same vantage point (perception), it is simple to note that no one really needs forgiveness because once we give it, it comes back to us such as for instance a boomerang. Just remember it like this. If you imagine someone needs to be forgiven, then so do you. On one other hand, if you do not believe you need to be forgiven, then neither does the other.
Next time, we will discuss what true forgiveness does when it is given. For the time being, I lovingly encourage one to open your heart and change the mind for as you do, you can have become the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.