Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Way Back to God is to Practice Forgiveness


Forgiveness is the central idea and message of A Course in Miracles.  I have been reading the book, practicing its principles bit by bit for the last 12 years.  Forgiveness as the Course teaches it has been a challenge for me to understand and apply. 

Forgiveness is defined as follows:  "FORGIVENESS RECOGNIZES WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOUR BROTHER DID TO YOU HAS NOT OCCURRED.  IT DOES NOT PARDON SINS AND MAKE THEM REAL.  IT SEES THERE WAS NO SIN."

And sin is defined as a false idea about God's creation. 

In order for me to really understand its meaning, I had to write down this definition and read it repeatedly, and really take it in. I asked Spirit to help me practice this, for it's completely different to what I've always believed forgiveness to be. 

Forgiveness to me was about me being a victim of someone or something. It was the belief that someone had done something bad to me, and by forgiving, I was pardoning them.   But this still made them guilty and what they did real. 

According to the Course, only illusions (what is not truth) is what needs to be forgiven.  To make it simple, this world is not real, it is an illusion made up and experienced because we believe (at a subconscious level) that we are separate from our Creator.  Most of what we perceive is really coming from our own minds, our beliefs and what we hold as true. 

When I began to really apply this new way of seeing the world, as a dream, and seeing myself and others as innocent (over and over....it's a practice), the sense of being a victim and making others bad started to loosen. I feel more compassion and am not as swift to judge anymore, as I used to. 

To be honest, I still read the definition of forgiveness to remind me of its true meaning because I still forget and fall back to thinking someone is guilty of what I believe they have done to me.  And, since my desire and only real goal is to return to God, and forgiveness is the way my mind returns Home, I'm all in with this!!! 

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