What Is Forgiveness?
recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.
It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no
sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin,
except a false idea about God's Son? Forgiveness merely sees its
falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its
place is now the Will of God.
thought is one which makes a judgment that it will not raise to doubt,
although it is not true. The mind is closed, and will not be released.
The thought protects projection, tightening its chains, so that distortions
are more veiled and more obscure; less easily accessible to doubt, and
further kept from reason. What can come between a fixed projection
and the aim that it has chosen as its wanted goal?
thought does many things. In frantic action it pursues its
goal, twisting and overturning what it sees as interfering with its chosen
path. Distortion is its purpose, and the means by which it would
accomplish it as well. It sets about its furious attempts to smash
reality, without concern for anything that would appear to pose a contradiction
to its point of view.
the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. It offends no
aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes.
It merely looks, and waits, and judges not. He who would not
must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who
would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.
Do nothing, then,
and let forgiveness show you what to do, through Him Who is your Guide,
your Savior and Protector, strong in hope, and certain of your ultimate
success. He has forgiven you already, for such is His function, given
Him by God. Now must you share His function, and forgive whom He
has saved, whose sinlessness He sees, and whom He honors as
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looking at the ego]
at our specialness with the Holy Spirit or Jesus, without guilt or judgment;
our special function that shifts perception of another as "enemy" (special
hate) or "savior-idol" (special love) to brother or friend, removing all
projections of guilt from him; the expression of the miracle or vision
of Christ, that sees all people united in the Sonship of God, looking beyond
the seeming differences that reflect separation: thus, perceiving sin as
real makes true forgiveness impossible; the recognition that what we thought
was done to us we did to ourselves, since we are responsible for our scripts,
and therefore only we can deprive ourselves of the peace of God: thus,
we forgive others for what they have not done to us, not for what they
bringing darkness (illusions) to the light (truth)]
Looking at the
the essence of
forgiveness: looking with the Holy Spirit's or Jesus'
gentleness and patience at our ego thought system; since it is guilt that
prevents us from looking at our specialness, thus sustaining the ego and
keeping its true nature hidden, it is looking without judgment at our attack
thoughts that undoes the ego: thus, looking at the ego without guilt and
fear is the essence of the Atonement.
(illusions) to the light (truth):
the process of
undoing denial and dissociation, expressing the decision to bring our guilt
to the light of the Holy Spirit to be looked at and forgiven, rather than
fearfully keeping it in the darkness of our unconscious minds where it
could never be seen and undone; living in illusions brings sickness and
pain, bringing them to truth is healing and salvation.
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