Remember who you’re for in this memory is peace set free.
Today, I take a seat on the sunny Atlantic shores of mid-Florida. It’s a beautiful day and it’s on days such as this that I’m there’s nothing these days that really needs my forgiveness. But, can this be true?
As remarkable as this could sound, it’s true!
Trust me, I didn’t develop believing and behaving that there surely is no-one or no-thing to forgive. I spent my youth believing that folks, not me, need my forgiveness and that I’d honor them with it only as I saw fit david hoffmeister podcast. I also spent my youth understanding that forgiveness was conditional. Anybody who stepped out of line would risk having my wrath of anger yield upon them yet again and often times I’d add something to the mix by vowing never to forgive them again. Does any one of this sound familiar? Did you develop with similar beliefs about forgiveness?
Well, if you did, you came to the right 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 all Tools. Without forgiveness, we would drown within our hopelessness. Even as we become angry at one and withhold forgiveness, we step onto a slippery slope that contributes to only quicksand below. Once angry, we are always angry before the solution is discovered – forgiveness.
However great forgiveness can be as an instrument, you have to wield it wisely to summon the best effect – everlasting peace. Yes, forgiveness cultivates peace everlasting. There is no other tool more efficient in your tool shed. However, in order to use it wisely, one must find its operator’s manual, the manual for self-forgiveness.
What, you say! Yes, the operator’s manual will tell 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. Wise practice would dictate that if forgiveness is magic given and thus received, and miracles originate from something larger than ourselves, then it must certanly be that Large Percentage of ourself that created the everlasting solution. I call it God, but you can call it whatever you want.
Now that people know what forgiveness is and who it’s for, we must apply it. You see, whenever we offer forgiveness unconditioned by egoistic rules, we miraculously develop clarity, meaning, we allow ourselves to see another in a different 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 are – Creators – and we begin creating miracles. The Author of A Course in Miracles foretells us concerning the miracle of forgiveness:
This is the miracle of creation; that it’s one forever. Every miracle [of forgiveness] you offer to the Son of God is but the actual perception of taking care of of the whole. Though all facets is the entire, you can’t know this until 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 end of time by bringing healed and healing sight to the darkness and enabling the planet to see. For light must come to the darkened world to create Christ’s vision possible even here. Help Him to provide His gift of light to all who think they wander in the darkness, and let Him gather them into His quiet sight that produces 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 take a leap of faith and change our perception of another, we proclaim Oneness. We announce to the Universe that people understand that what’s given is received. Even as we offer forgiveness to one we once thought was guilty (of some act), we wisely decide 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, once we decide to overlook or pardon the mistake of another, our unhealed perception of another’s guilt is healed. Because we are One, we heal as we offer healing.
When someone or something does anything that takes your peace away, say to yourself, “You are forgiven.” It is entirely your decision to decide if to state this out loud to anyone and in some instances it won’t be necessary. For many that’s necessary is that you have agreed to really make the offer and have vowed never to rescind. This is the way true forgiveness is used.
By understanding that people are One, we also understand that since forgiveness is given and received as you then it must show that no-one really needs to be forgiven, right? It is exactly like giving somebody who needs two dollars and you give him two dollars, and as you give him two dollars, he gives you two in return. Haven’t you ever done this together with your sister or brother’s kids for his or her birthdays and they return exactly the same amount of money to your young ones for his or her birthdays? Whose further ahead economically, you or your sibling? No-one, right? Why don’t they agree to keep their own cash and give it with their kids on your own behalf? Wouldn’t which make more sense?
Whenever you look upon forgiveness out of this same vantage point (perception), you can easily observe that no-one really needs forgiveness because as we give it, it comes back to us like a boomerang. Just remember it like this. If you think someone needs to be forgiven, then so do you. On another hand, if you do not believe you must be forgiven, then neither does the other.
Next time, we will discuss what true forgiveness does when it’s given. Meanwhile, I lovingly encourage you to open up your heart and change your mind for as you do, you will have end up being the Creator of miracles and master peace everlasting.