Remember who you are for in this memory is peace set free.
Today, I lay on the sunny Atlantic shores of mid-Florida. It’s a wonderful day and it’s on days like this that I feel there’s nothing in this world that really needs my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this could sound, it is true!
Believe me, I didn’t grow up believing and behaving that there surely is nobody or no-thing to forgive. I spent my youth believing that people, not me, need my forgiveness and that I would honor them with it only as I saw fit david hoffmeister podcast. I also spent my youth understanding that forgiveness was conditional. Anyone who stepped out of line would risk having my wrath of anger yield upon them once more and quite often I would add a little to the mix by vowing to never forgive them again. Does any of this sound familiar? Did you grow up with similar beliefs about forgiveness?
Well, if you did, you came to the best place!
You see, my spiritual journey has taught me that forgiveness could be the richest tool we’ve within our toolbox. It is the Tool of most Tools. Without forgiveness, we’d drown within our hopelessness. Even as we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a smooth slope that leads to nothing but quicksand below. Once angry, we’re always angry before the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness is as a tool, you have to wield it wisely to summon the maximum effect – everlasting peace. Yes, forgiveness cultivates peace everlasting. There is no other tool far better 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, 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 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 what you may want.
Now that individuals know 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 an alternative 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 Composer of A Course in Miracles talks to us in regards to the miracle of forgiveness:
This 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 one aspect of the whole. Though every part is the complete, you cannot 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 the past thus brings you nearer to the finish of time by bringing healed and healing sight in to the darkness and enabling the world to see. For light must come in to the darkened world to produce 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 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 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. Even as 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 commence 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’re One, we heal even as we offer healing.
When someone or something does anything that takes your peace away, say to yourself, “You’re forgiven.” It is entirely your responsibility to choose whether or not to state this aloud to the individual and in some instances it will not be necessary. For many that is necessary is that you have agreed to really make the offer and have vowed to never rescind. This is the way true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that individuals are One, we also realize that since forgiveness is given and received as one then it must imply that nobody really needs to be forgiven, right? It is exactly like giving a person 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 along with your sister or brother’s kids due to their birthdays and they return exactly the same amount of money to your young ones due to their birthdays? Whose further ahead economically, you or your sibling? No body, right? Why don’t they agree to help keep their very own cash and give it to their kids in your behalf? Wouldn’t which make more sense?
Once you look upon forgiveness from this same vantage point (perception), it is possible to observe that nobody really needs forgiveness because even as we give it, it comes back once again to us such as 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 need to be forgiven, then neither does the other.
The next time, we will discuss what true forgiveness does if 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 end up being the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.