A Forgiven World
From: The Miracle Of Real Forgiveness
By Tom Carpenter
Think for a moment what it would be like to go about your day with your mind filled only with happy and loving thoughts. Everyone you meet has a smile and a glow of happiness about them. There is no sickness, no hunger, no conflict or lack; no striving, no blame, no expectations, no time and no death. Peace has replaced fear everywhere in this world. There is no word to describe hate for all the reasons not to love are gone. This is our state of mind without the thought of sin. This is our world when there is no guilt to judge.
This is not a world beyond our reach. But we make our world with our thoughts and while thinking there is something wrong with us our mind has been conditioned to look for what is “wrong” in others and in the world. Thinking in this way it is no surprise what we have found.
But hopefully we are now also finding the means and the support to change our mind. Through our use of forgiveness we can redirect our thinking, creating a habit of looking for what is “right” about each other, and finding our loving self in the bargain.
We are turning a corner in our consciousness. More and more we are coming to accept that the ways of hate and fear are not what we want. There is another way, a loving answer to our problems. The movement of forgiveness gains momentum every day, frequently in ways and places you would least expect it.
Recently someone said to me, “Don’t you think it’s a bit ambitious, this project to change the world?” And I said, “It would be if I had to change the world, but all I really have to change is what I want it to be.”
Let the magnitude of this thought really sink in: Nothing outside our mind is forcing us to hate, to suffer and to die. We can have another world. We can choose to let go of what we have valued in the past and share with everyone that there is another way. We have all the motivational “tools” we need. We are loved, we want to love and the very Presence of Love is everywhere in our one Mind, waiting only to be engaged. In the beginning it probably will seem we are swimming “up-stream,” but that will change as it becomes clear that we are both the “swimmer” and the “stream.”
We began our little journey here pondering what it would be like to go about our day with our mind filled only with happy and loving thoughts. But thinking there is something wrong with us our mind has been conditioned to look for what is “wrong” in others and in the world. And since we make the world with our thoughts it is no surprise at what we have found.
But hopefully we have now also found the means and the support to change our mind. Through our use of forgiveness we can recondition our thinking, creating a habit of looking for what is “right” about each other, and finding our loving self in the bargain.
If you want to do this—give welcome to a loving brother and a loving world—then start today by laying its foundation in your determination to see the face of love that is everywhere around you now, hiding behind a mask of guilt or fear. When this seems difficult, remember that what you see is not in the world, but in your mind, in the choice of what you want to find. Forgive what you thought you saw before and welcome a forgiven world into your loving presence.
If this is what you want, bring this desire to the Forgiveness Network to share and to support others who also have decided they want to be free to love again.