Remember who you’re for through this memory is peace set free.
Today, I sit on the sunny Atlantic shores of mid-Florida. It’s an attractive day and it’s on days like this that I’m there is nothing these days that really needs my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this might sound, it is true!
Trust me, I didn’t grow up believing and behaving that there is no one or no-thing to forgive. I spent my youth believing that individuals, 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 sometimes I’d add a little to the mix by vowing never to forgive them again. Does any one of this sound familiar? Did you grow up with similar beliefs about forgiveness?
Well, in the event that you did, you stumbled on the proper 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 most Tools. Without forgiveness, we’d drown inside our hopelessness. Once we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a smooth slope that leads to only quicksand below. Once angry, we are always angry before the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness can be 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 efficient 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 utilize 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 that if forgiveness is magic given and thus received, and miracles originate from something larger than ourselves, then it should 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 we know what forgiveness is and who it is for, we need 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 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 Composer of A Course in Miracles foretells us in regards to the miracle of forgiveness:
Here is the miracle of creation; it is one forever. Every miracle [of forgiveness] you offer to the Son of God is but the real perception of taking care of of the whole. Though every part is the whole, you can’t know this until you see that every aspect is the same, perceived in the same light and therefore one. Everyone seen without yesteryear 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 create 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 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 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 recognize that what is given is received. Once we offer forgiveness to 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 begin to see as Christ did (does). Christ heals us through forgiving sight because His was forgiven. Therefore, when we choose to overlook or pardon the mistake of another, our unhealed perception of another’s guilt is healed. Because we are One, we heal as we offer healing.
When someone or something does whatever takes your peace away, tell yourself, “You are forgiven.” It is entirely your responsibility to decide if to say this aloud to the person and sometimes it will not be necessary. For many that is necessary is that you have agreed to really make the offer and have vowed never to rescind. This is how true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that we are One, we also recognize that since forgiveness is given and received as one then it must mean that no one really needs to be forgiven, right? It is the same as 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 together with your sister or brother’s kids due to their birthdays and they return the same amount of cash to your children due to their 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 with their kids on your own behalf? Wouldn’t that make more sense?
Once you look upon forgiveness out of this same vantage point (perception), you can easily note that no one really needs forgiveness because as we give it, it comes back once again to us such as for instance a boomerang. Keep in mind it like this. If you think someone needs to be forgiven, then so do you. On another hand, if you don’t believe you need to be forgiven, then neither does the other.
The next occasion, we will discuss what true forgiveness does when it is given. In the meantime, I lovingly encourage one to start your heart and change your brain for as you do, you may have become the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.