Daily Inspiration

A Practice of True Forgiveness

It is sin’s unreality that makes forgiveness natural and wholly sane, a deep relief to those who offer it; a quiet blessing where it is received. It does not countenance illusions, but collects them lightly, with a little laugh, and gently lays them at the feet of truth. And there they disappear entirely.

Forgiveness is the only thing that stands for truth in the illusions of the world. It sees [illusions’] nothingness, and looks straight through the thousand forms in which they may appear.

There is a very simple way to find the door to true forgiveness, and perceive it open wide in welcome. When you feel that you are tempted to accuse someone of sin in any form, do not allow your mind to dwell on what you think he did, for that is self-deception. Ask instead, “Would I accuse myself of doing this?

Thus will you see alternatives for choice in terms that render choosing meaningful, and keep your mind as free of guilt and pain as God Himself intended it to be, and as it is in truth. It is but lies that would condemn. In truth is innocence the only thing there is. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 134,W-pI.134.6:1-7:2;9:1-10:3. See also ACIM Lesson 134 Insights.)

The Course tells us that everything we perceive in the world is a projection from our split mind which believes separation is real. When we judge another, we judge ourselves. The projection uses form to make it appear that another did something that harmed. Yet the belief in harm must come from our own mind. If we did not accept the idea of harm in ourself, we could not perceive harm in another. Our True Self is wholly innocent and sees only innocence.

When we perceive a wrong (sin), asking ourselves, “Would I accuse myself of this?” helps us take responsibility for our projections. As we recognize our projections, we can bring them to the Holy Spirit for His help with forgiving our misperception. The Holy Spirit will shine the Light of Truth on our mistaken perception to show us that what we believe happened is only an illusion. In His Light the illusion will fade into the nothingness from which it came.

Through this forgiveness we open our minds to the truth that we and all our brothers remain Love as God created us.

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