The real meaning of forgiveness is lost until it has embraced everything we see. We cannot know what happiness is while excluding anyone from wholly deserving it. The indescribable joy of unconditional loving is elusive because we think love is present only where we see it and think it should be. The Truth we seek will not be found within our perception. Nor is it achieved through years of dedicated study. There will simply be a moment when you look into a brother’s eyes and see love looking back at you. And you will know this Love is who you are as well as who he is. In this same moment you will feel complete and know you are at Home in God. This moment is eternal, waiting only our acceptance, for the Truth of who we are has never changed. Accept it now, or tomorrow, it will be the same. What is real and true has always been, will always be, real and true. What isn’t real exists only in our imagination and deserves all the credibility we give to stories of fiction and other fairy tales.
You may think your journey to the truth is a path you have followed alone, but that would be impossible. In Truth, because we all are parts of a single, interwoven consciousness, where one goes, all must surely go. Only in this story of separate bodies doing different things will it seem that one could go ahead while another was holding back. But different stories cannot make different what is really the same. For a moment, remove your brother from his story. Wipe away every trace of what he did or did not do. Leave nothing in your mind by which he could be judged. Here you are free of both his story and yours. In this moment of innocence you are joined and here you recognize that you have found yourSelf.
My choice is always simple: I will accept my innocence and become the extension of our Father’s Will, or seem to wander, lost in the wasteland of my guilty dreams. It is His Will that I share What He Is, bringing His joyful Presence to all I see. I cannot do this while lost in the fear of guilt, the sickness of my self-imposed despair. For it is only I who have condemned my brother and myself, letting my imagining separate us from our happiness and peace. I will not allow him to be lost in dreams of hate, cut off from love, fearful and alone. I will today forgive him and the world our fear has made. I will accept his innocence, knowing it is mine as well. I will embrace him in this innocence, loving him as his Father does. I will remind us both, our only real function is to free the love within us to find the Son of God still hiding there.
Awakening to the truth is not something undertaken as a “personal” quest. In truth, every thought that exists in our consciousness, every act that unfolds in our world, is in pursuit of the truth. Even those whose outcome ends in pain and sorrow, correctly seen are a call for love. When we are able to see that we are all engaged in the process of looking for the truth about who we are we will not feel the need to be in conflict with a brother just because his path to accepting the truth seems opposite to ours. Forgiveness is the tool that lets us see the “bigger picture.” Forgive all the dreamers you think are dreaming separate dreams. Forgive every thought, every act that does not speak of love for it is only love that speaks of truth. Welcome every opportunity to embrace and join with one who looks for love differently than you. Do not allow a different dream to keep you from finding your Self.
Release from all our fears, and misunderstandings is asserted in the statement: “The Son of God was never crucified.” It was not the Son of God the ego crucified. It was the character in our story of sin and separation. Here is the clear distinction made between what is real and what belongs to the story we tell about the world that is our dream.
I have a request to make of the Forgiveness Network. I would like to have each of us pick a moment in our day, a period of one minute that we are willing to set aside specifically for the purpose of loving God’s Creation – all of it, without exception. Open to the Presence of your God Self. Feel God’s Love that is held for you there. Let It take you everywhere It lives. Feel yourself join and become a part of all this Love touches. Here we remember that our one purpose is to express the reality of God’s Love, our function to extend it. It is not important that we all are doing this at the same time, but it is important that we feel our mutual intent. Invite others to join us. Do it every day you can remember. The minute we give to loving will be multiplied many times for every place it is felt it will be given out again. That is the nature of loving. In this one moment the ego is gone for God’s Love has absorbed us and made our “Minds” one. Lets come together now and invest a minute in loving. Our dividends will change the world.
You are the Presence of Love Itself. You are not a body, for Love could not be contained in such a tiny space. Nor could it suffer and seem to die. And because Love is what connects all of creation to Itself, you cannot be something that cannot freely join. You cannot, in fact, be anything that is inconsistent with what Love is. So stop pretending to be an individual person. Discover yourself. Admit that you are Love.
If my mind were wholly accepting and unconflicted about wanting to be healed, healing would be instantaneous for there would be nothing to deny the truth that I am healed now.
Saving the world does not need to be a long-term project. It will happen the moment we forgive our self-judgment and let our world become the mirror of what God created us to be, which has never changed. When we have withdrawn our judgments and let the Light of God’s Love be reflected here, Heaven and the world will merge as one. Both the world and Heaven are a state of mind and you will “be” wherever you feel most at Home. Don’t worry about needing to wait for “others” to also choose to awaken before you are free. It is the function of time to accommodate the purpose of our dreaming and it is only present in them. Upon awakening we will find that nothing has changed since we seemed to fall asleep. All those we were afraid to leave behind are also still here. It truly was just a dream.
To love ourselves we must be happy with who we think we are. It means we have finally come to accept ourselves as God created us, like Himself and to reflect His Happiness. We will then be happy with what we see in others, seeing them free of sin and as an extension of our happiness. We will not see the character in their dream for we no longer identify with our own character. The story of sorrow and pain will be gone for they cannot exist in a happy dream. And being happy with them we will join with them, for happiness embraces all it sees. And joined in this embrace of happiness we will recognize ourSelf and what it means to love. And so we will fulfill God’s Purpose to extend His Happiness and Love to all creation.
We actually struggle to hold on to and keep ourselves in the hell of pain and sorrow, the world of death and destruction that we now claim as our “home.” At the same time, we mightily resist accepting the peace and joy and love of Heaven that forgiveness offers us. Both of these experiences are available to us because we make the world we see. We create a character that fulfills our ego’s vision of who we think we are and then make a world where that character can feel at home. We choose this world of bodies and differences, conflicts and pain, where death seems an alternative to life, over the Peace of Heaven God offers us because we believe there is something wrong with us. We look into the illusion we have made to replace Heaven and be the home of hate and think it is real and where we deserve to be. But Love has not abandoned us while we have turned away. Heaven has not ceased to exist in our denial of It. It is our world that is the dream. It is we who are asleep, not God. Change the world where you feel at home. Awaken to your loving Self by daring to love yourself. You cannot see anyone in Heaven, the Home of Love, until you do.
Heaven, like this world, is a state of mind. This world reflects the belief that sin is real. Heaven is the memory of God, restored at last. It is to see another as yourself. You cannot remember God until this is what you want to see everywhere. It is as true you must see God when you recognize the oneness of all He has created. Heaven is the “NOW” place in your mind, before the thought of sin and separation distorted the joy and love, the peace that shapes our natural awareness. It is time now. Come Home to Heaven. Forgive the world you see. Welcome the presence of every brother who sees himself sick and suffering and despised of God. Embrace him in the love you feel for God. Recognize your Self in him as you give him the Love that is What you are.
Healing is not learning how to fix something that is broken. It is recognizing that what God created whole and perfect is still whole and perfect now, unchanged by a dream that there is something wrong with us. When we attempt to heal a sickness in the body or correct a misperception we see in our brother’s mind, we support the reality of that dream. Instead of looking for the thought that “caused” the sickness, or fixing our brother by correcting the misperception arising from his dream, ask the God Self to show you the beauty and perfection of God’s creation. Support the truth in both of you. Awaken the memory of God’s changeless Love and bring to our consciousness the awareness that heals everything.
I ask, why is it so hard to accept being happy? To let go of the fearful images of the world, to be a peaceful, loving being all the time? I hear Brother say, “You are trying to bring these attributes to the character in your story, and he is not capable of maintaining them. That is not the purpose of your story. Forgive this character to see that he is not real, not you. Let the dreamer of your dream awaken and you will find the happy and the loving Self you long for.” As I sit with this, I recall the many times I have tried to punish or reward this character; to correct his perception, do anything that would make him real. And wonder why he just never seemed to “get it.” “Forgive this character” for what he did not do. Let him go. He is not you. There is no loss, no sacrifice, just the chance to awaken my loving, dreaming, Self. Forgive this character. Is there something I could do that would bring me what I want more?
It is important to remember that this thing we call an “ego” is not another “presence” in our mind. It represents the seeming split in our perception, the “tiny, mad idea” that resists fully accepting our divine and holy Self. It has no substance beyond our doubt that we are as God created us. It has no power to affect our thinking, until we feel unloved. All of the ego’s power is derived from our mistaken belief that there is an alternative to Love. Forgive this belief in all the many forms in which it appears. Feel the relief, the freedom that comes with knowing there is absolutely nothing to judge or be judged for. This is the feeling that is Love. It is God’s Gift to us and so it is the greatest gift that we can give each other. Accept the joy of knowing this is what you are; what everyone is. Because we are as God created us, there is no opposite to Love; there is no ego, no pain and sorrow in “God’s World.” Accept this truth: There is no opposite to Love, and make Heaven on earth a reality.
You will be free of the world of pain and suffering when you no longer need an ego to judge you, thereby creating the guilt from which your pain and suffering have come. The world you see can only serve the purpose you give it. Ask now to remember the truth of what Love is. Let your mind be open to a joyful anticipation of joining with God and your brothers as you allow Love’s Purpose to be fulfilled. Free everyone from a future that could only mirror the past.
Watch the world then become transformed into a loving and a peaceful experience. Heaven is not a place apart from earth to go when we have “died.” It is an awareness of the Peace and Love of God that is within us now waiting only to be seen. Forgive yourself. Simply decide to accept God’s Creation, not your own. Make room in your mind for Heaven, here and now.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is often misunderstood. We have a tendency to think of It as a source of guidance when we have a problem. We have forgotten this is God’s Gift to totally replace our ego’s perception. To better remember this, invite the Thought of God into your quiet mind. Acknowledge your desire to join with Him and accept the Gift He brings. Remind yourself this is the opportunity God has given us to replace our thoughts of pain and lack, of hate and fear and death. Reflect a moment on the full impact of what this means. This is God’s Plan for your own awakening. It will always be available now to replace the ego’s familiar plan of despair. It is not just there to guide you, but to remind you of your “real,” loving Self. Feel your connection to God’s Thought, so close now in your mind. This is your “right” mind, your real thoughts, your connection to your Source. It is given you to replace entirely your ego’s perception. Use it then all the time, for everything, and let love become the basis for your choices and the world you see.
A recent “gem” from Brother: “you will achieve your desire to be wholly loving when you recognize you are wholly loved.”
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!