Today’s lesson teaches very clearly the necessity to forgive. “My mind holds only what I think with God. 121: Forgiveness is the key to happiness. 122: Forgiveness offers everything I want.” I want everything which is God. And happiness without an opposite is revealing Him by putting the key into the lock. Forgiveness is the key opening the door to happiness, and not the crucifying picture of another “me” being wrong or right. And forgiveness has indeed nothing to do with another “me”, because what’s the difference between a “me” and a “me” both seeing insanity; everyone is already me.
In lesson 121 of the Course I find the phrase, “Each unforgiving mind presents you with an opportunity to teach your own how to forgive itself. Each one awaits release from hell through you, and turns to you imploringly for Heaven here and now. It has no hope, but you become its hope. And as its hope, do you become your own.”
This is a very clear statement about the singularity of my mind and the responsibility to do everything, to give everything, in order to experience forgiveness of myself. It is very clear to me that “I am the cause of what I see. No other cause there is.” I have come to know myself as “you” and everyone. So, it is no longer a question for me if I write about “me” or use the word “you.” It doesn’t make a difference because the conversion of illusory thoughts to the truth will anyway only happen in my own mind. I have no doubt that “we” are sharing one mind. I am responsible for what I see – this is the backbone of the curriculum of “a required Course,” a Course in Miracles. To forgive myself is the only hope for the unforgiven mind which is all I was and am in the moment of the conversion, and thus becomes my own hope of escape now from the hell I made up in a split moment of apparently forgetting that I didn’t make myself.
“The unforgiving mind must learn through your forgiveness that it has been saved from hell. And as you teach salvation, you will learn. Yet all your teaching and your learning will be not of you, but of the Teacher Who was given you to show the way to you.”
This makes it very simple and clear: The salvation of the world has already occurred through my forgiveness. I have forgiven the world, myself, and all that truly can be seen is a world that reflects that action of mind. Everything else can only be an opportunity to remember who I am in an experience of release of self-concept and leaving perception altogether which only leaves the Love of God as one and only reality. And the Teacher Who is given me shows me the way to my Self. A need to forgive “my neighbor,” someone out there as another “me” only makes sense within a belief system of split identity, within a real believed resentment that holds someone else as the cause of the problem. I already know to be the cause of “my” attack upon myself. “You” are not doing anything; in fact it’s impossible that you could do anything to me. Sin is a belief without reality, and effects can only come from a real source, a real cause, not an illusionary “me” battling against another illusionary me. Neither projection of sin to another “me” nor sarcasm will solve the problem or heal. Healing only comes by accepting the Atonement, the correction and undoing, for myself. In the action of sharing this moment of forgiveness it doesn’t matter if “you” are initiating it or “I” will offer it, because forgiveness is only true in a moment of singularly experiencing the Peace of God.
The funny thing is that it looks like as if there would be another “me” out there seeing me in an “egoic grandiosity” – as I am accused. But accusation and condemnation will not and can never heal, because it contradicts the responsibility statement. In the section “The Fear of Healing” of Chapter 27, Jesus teaches that “the sick remain accusers. They cannot forgive their brothers and themselves as well.”
That I am accused to offer conversion of my mind at the depth of the human denial of Christ’s teachings will not and cannot stop me, since there is no world. I know this “me” very well. Actually are “you” remembered by your style of sarcasm, M., and unwillingness to offer God as the solution instead of “your/myself.” Relax! It’s not of your doing, and that’s why I don’t need to forgive you! “You” haven’t done anything, and “you” have no solution either. The answer to your question “why this picture of a needy world I see (which is of my own making and does not in fact exist as such) is not changing…” is simply (as mentioned above) because it doesn’t have a real source, a real cause, and therefore can have no real effect or change. If “you” try to exert ‘all Power that is given you in heaven and on earth’ on your relationships, your world, “you” have fallen the temptation to “command that these stones be made bread.” Be not confused by sustenance of limited sources within your mind, rather “live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” We can stand as one together in the willingness to accept healing and remember the Awakening of the one dream, or “you” are yourself and believe to be separate from the rest of yourself which is truly your Self.
Thus I share His Blessings with “you” who is myself with words out of this most valuable chapter called “the Healing of the Dream” where it becomes very clear what action of mind needs to be extended by the Son of God in order to reason to forgiveness:
“He holds not the proof of sin before his brother’s eyes. And thus he must have overlooked it and removed it from his own. Forgiveness cannot be for one and not the other. Who forgives is healed. And in his healing lies the proof that he has truly pardoned, and retains no trace of condemnation that he still would hold against himself or any living thing.
Forgiveness is not real unless it brings a healing to your brother and yourself. You must attest his sins have no effect on you to demonstrate they are not real. How else could he be guiltless? And how could his innocence be justified unless his sins have no effect to warrant guilt? Sins are beyond forgiveness just because they would entail effects that cannot be undone and overlooked entirely. In their undoing lies the proof that they are merely errors. Let yourself be healed that you may be forgiving, offering salvation to your brother and yourself.”
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