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Forgiveness Through the Holy Spirit’s Help

Atonement is for all, because it is the way to undo the belief that anything is for you alone. To forgive is to overlook. Look, then, beyond error and do not let your perception rest upon [error], for you will believe what your perception holds. Accept as true only what your brother is [the Son of God], if you would know yourself. Perceive what he is not and you cannot know what you are, because you see him falsely. Remember always that your Identity [as the Son of God] is shared, and that Its sharing is Its reality.

Forgiveness that is learned of me does not use fear to undo fear. Nor does it make real the unreal and then destroy it. Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal for you. Do not let any belief in [error’s] realness enter your mind…. What has no effect does not exist, and to the Holy Spirit the effects of error are nonexistent. By steadily and consistently cancelling out all [error’s] effects, everywhere and in all respects, He teaches that the ego does not exist and proves it.

Follow the Holy Spirit’s teaching in forgiveness, then, because forgiveness is His function and He knows how to fulfill it perfectly. …Miracles are merely the sign of your willingness to follow the Holy Spirit’s plan of salvation, recognizing that you do not understand what it is. (A Course in Miracles, T-9.IV.1;5;6:1,3. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

We are not asked to deny that we perceive fear and guilt, attack and death, in the world. But we are directed to ask the Holy Spirit’s help to correct our perception. The Holy Spirit knows that nothing perceived through the ego thought system of separation exists. When we are willing to accept the Holy Spirit’s help to correct our perception, we will learn that our perception of harm is merely the effect of a false belief.

With Holy Spirit’s help, we are able to overlook the effects of ego beliefs because He shows us that these seeming effects are not true. With the Holy Spirit’s help we overlook what is untrue and has no real effects to see the Son of God instead of identifying with the ego. Each time we accept the Holy Spirit’s help, the seeming reality of the ego’s world fades and we recognize with increasing certainty that only the oneness of Love is real.

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