Nothing lives that was not created in eternal Love. Forgiveness is the willingness to let go of every thought that hides our recognition of this.
When forgiveness becomes difficult, particularly when you have asked for help and don’t seem to get it, it is likely for one of two reasons: You are either trying to forgive what is unforgivable, ie, something in the world that you have decided is “real” and must have consequences, or you are trying to forgive the wrong thing. We forget that when asking for help with forgiveness the first thing we must ask is “what” it is we have to forgive. ACIM tells us, “You are never upset for the reason you think.” There is always a series of effects from the initial cause of our misperception and until we have forgiven that cause these other effects will continue to plague us. And until we have forgiven the “reality” of our story and the world it has made, what happens there is literally unforgivqble in terms of having an effect on us. Learning to become dependent on the God Self awareness directly determines our willingness to awaken to our inner truth, which is that we are that Presence. Remind yourself that this is the very Presence of the Love you have been longing for. And you come closer to claiming It each time you turn to It and depend on It for determining your life experience. Make “asking” something you look forward to!
One night, just before sleep, feeling frustrated at still struggling with ego thoughts, I remembered my favorite Rumi poem of meeting in the field that is past all thoughts of right doing and wrong doing. Oh Rumi, I cried out. Where is this field where we can meet? I hear a voice reply, “There is a light that you will follow. At first you will think it is a star. (I flash on the symbolism of the “star” of Bethlehem.) Then you will feel the difference. This is a light like no other you have seen or felt. (Great feelings of love rise up within me.) It has always been with you, though rarely seen. Trust it now. It will be a brief journey, only a moment more. But do come prepared to laugh a lot.”
A note to encourage you to mark your calendar on August 2nd. There is a group from India sponsoring a global initiative to promote peace thru forgiveness:
“The Moment of Calm calls upon people of the entire world to pause for 2 minutes on August 2 at 2pm (local time) to clear their heart of misgivings and breathe out an aspiration of peace and harmony. One can observe this Moment from wherever one is – the elevator, the gym, the office, the home, or anywhere. The goal is to generate powerful positive vibrations by raising world consciousness and promoting peace through the power of FORGIVENESS.”
It is good to recognize there are so many others around our globe engaged in bringing a more loving outlook to the world. Lets join with them, enhancing the power of our unified presence. More info available at: http://www.MomentofCalm.org.
A dear friend has shared a saying from the Buddha with me that I want to pass along: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” Such a simple, yet direct way to remembering who we are.
Look for ways to be loving. Its the best way to find yourSelf.
Seeing differently is not about how to see what is painful in a loving way. Seeing differently is about changing the perspective from which you see from the ego’s perception that sin and separation are real, to the Vision of the Holy Spirit that only Love is real. In this awareness there is no belief in sin, no thoughts of pain and suffering in the mind that sees the world and so none to be found in the world it sees. The world we see mirrors only our thoughts about it. When you have accepted there is only love in the reality of the Mind you share with God, Heaven is all you will see.
Let every ego reaction to judge motivate you to find ways to express love. Loving is your God-given function. Doing this will help you remember who you are.
You are only free to change your mind when you recognize it is you that is creating your own experience.
Perfect happiness is God’s Will for us. But that is not His Gift. His Gift is loving us eternally. Happiness is our willingness to accept His Gift.
I read, “God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” I wonder, what would perfect happiness be? The thought immediately comes, To know it is perfectly safe to always abandon myself to loving. God’s Will for me is to be perfectly loving. Of course, happiness and loving must be the same; each the cause and the expression of the other. What could better describe the experience of Heaven?
A message received by Linda: “Beloved, your Father has given you the creation of Himself as Love’s Perfection. We understand this is not what you now believe about yourself. But, you have a great amount of support to accept this challenge for yourself even now. Remember, this is not a change you are making, you are merely accepting what has been eternally yours. Know as well, that the more you do let go of your resistance, the more support you will become aware of. At this point in your minds focus you perceive this shift as kind of loss, but this is only a loss of what you find familiar. If you were to compare the two basic choices you seem to have, you would not hesitate to choose the joy of God’s Reality.”
In ACIM Jesus tells us, “It is by your will the world is given freedom.” My reaction was that it ought to be free then because that is what I certainly wanted for it. A short time later, Linda and I were having discussion about what might be the cause of a congestion I had in my chest. I heard myself say I could have gotten it from anyone in the shops we had visited earlier. In that statement I had made the world responsible for how I felt. It became the cause of my experience. I had denied its freedom – and my own.
Just past the thought that separateness is real is the awareness that no one has ever existed that does not love you.
There is really only one Source of power, one motivating force in all the universe: It is the Love of God. It is the Love that created us and so is also ours. This Love is the unbreakable communication link between God and All That He has created. It is literally the “glue” that binds creation together as One. It is the one thing we all want because it is the Source of our Identity and the Purpose of our being. This Love lies dormant now, Its power seems lost, unrecognized because we have tried to deny Its very purpose, tried to separate from what it connects us to. But God assures our connection to Love has never been lost. The Holy Spirit dwells in every Mind, maintaining their connection as One. Call upon this Awareness in Love’s Name. Ask to remember It’s Purpose. Release yourself and your brother from lifetimes of needless struggle. Accept the one Truth that dispels all illusions: We are all, without exception joined in, and as the Love of God.
Feeling badly about yourself has never affected the truth about you. Take away your ego’s self image and what remains is the Love of God. Removing that image is the function of forgiveness. Come to recognize that each time you refuse to accept the reality of the ego’s world, refuse to judge what the body’s eyes see, you move past that self image that hides the Love that you are. Consciously remind yourself why you choose to forgive. Know that your denial of the reality of the dream gives thanks to God for His Gift of Love to you. Expect God’s Love to grow in the space forgiveness has made in your heart. Give welcome to the God Self that is you.
All that we are is the Will of God. All that exists is the Will of the One Who created It, without which it would not exist. We cannot change the Will of God nor be separate from It. We cannot choose to be sick or to die because that is not God’s Will. We can deny God’s Will and dream of a character we make up that experiences sickness and death being real. God’s Will for us is perfect happiness and so we cannot be unhappy. We can only imagine a story of “why” we believe our character should be unhappy, but the you who is dreaming cannot actually be unhappy outside the dream. We cannot change the Will of God. This may seem irrelevant if you are having the experience of being sick or unhappy, but the distinction is vital if we are to learn how to let happiness in, let sickness go. It is not changing the “things” that seem to make us sick or unhappy. It is letting go of the belief that we can change the Will of God, or be separate from It. Just that. There is nothing for us to attain or become. There is only to surrender a fear that cannot be true and accept being loved beyond imagination.
The ego needs to plan in order to control and preserve the status quo. To be “in the moment” opens the mind to trusting an awareness not of the ego. It is an essential step of transferring the power we give to the world of fear and conflict to the unseen Presence of the God Self that is holding the awareness of the Truth for us. Your will and the Will of God are forever one. You cannot change yourself because you cannot change the Will of God. Only the awareness of your holy perfection can change. The sole function of our learning is to let go of the old ideas that hide our awareness of this Truth. Forgive what you have seen before and allow your mind to see what is really there. Love, and the miracles it brings, is always there to fill the space that hate has left.
ACIM states its goal is to teach us to tell the difference between illusion and truth. This is fundamental to our awareness because we will make a world that mirrors whatever we think is true then use what we have made to justify our misperception. The world now seems to be a place where both truth and illusion can exist because our split mind has accepted both the ego and the God Self as real. But we must learn there is no place in our awareness to truthfully reconcile that both fear and love are real. There is one or the other, fear or love; truth or illusion. They are opposites and cannot co-exist in the Truth of Oneness. You cannot overlook, forgive the “atrocities” of a terrorist or the rude behavior of a friend if what they “do” has an impact on your world. Practice first forgiving your friends. Learn that what you are trying to change is the value you place on anything your eyes tell you is real. Only then will you feel open to a different kind of “seeing” and actively pursue a different Source of awareness. Practicing this in our daily choices is the process of “seeing differently,” awakening you to the power of loving.
When speaking of his crucifixion, Brother has said that while he did not consider the specific effects of his choice, he was aware of his need to completely let go of his perception and surrender to the awareness held for him by the Holy Spirit. He knew that he must trust what his perception could not understand or reconcile. This is an awareness we all must come to. Our learning will not of itself transcend our misperceptions. Its purpose is to bring us to the moment we can feel safe enough to trust a reality that is not reconcilable with anything our perception can relate to. To find an inner instinct and trust it enough to surrender ourselves to our God created Self. It cannot be a “holy” version of what is acceptable to our ego. It will not be anything the ego can now imagine for there is nothing in its perception joyful or loving enough to perceive what it could be. See your brother sinless, he tells us. See him as you see God. Recognize this is where your learning is taking you, to that moment still dimly remembered when there was no distinction made between God and God’s Creation; when there was nothing to interfere with or distort the experience of peace and joy. Expect your learning to bring you here, then expect to let it all go and fall into the lap of pure loving.