Daily Inspiration

Forgiveness Is the Means to Awaken

Illusions about yourself and the world are one. That is why all forgiveness is a gift to yourself. Your goal is to find out who you are, having denied your Identity by attacking creation and its Creator. Now you are learning how to remember the truth. For this attack must be replaced by forgiveness, so that thoughts of life may replace thoughts of death.

Remember that in every attack you call upon your own weakness, while each time you forgive you call upon the strength of Christ in you. Do you not then begin to understand what forgiveness will do for you? It will remove all sense of weakness, strain and fatigue from your mind. It will take away all fear and guilt and pain. It will restore the invulnerability and power God gave His Son to your awareness. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 62, W-pI.62.2-3. See also ACIM Lesson 62 Insights.)

We attack Creation when we believe we are a body. The body is an image of separation and thus denies the oneness of Creation. Believing our brothers are bodies is another form of attack on Creation. Forgiveness means letting go of identifying with a separate identity and accepting our oneness with all Creation. This acceptance will also automatically include every brother, for without the belief in our separate identity, the Identity of our brothers is automatically recognized as one with us.

Forgiveness is the way we let go of the mistaken false identity to make way for the Light of our true Identity to dawn upon our minds. The practice of forgiveness may be applied to situations or events in the world or a brother’s behavior or it may be applied to ourselves. The effect of forgiveness is the same, whether it appears to be applied to an external image or to ourselves because they are the same illusion.

We need to learn how to forgive from the inner Teacher, Who recognizes our perceptions but does not believe them. Our inner Teacher will help us recognize our mistaken beliefs and show us that they are meaningless. He will bring us Christ’s vision which shows us the truth of our oneness in Creation. We cannot forgive on our own but we can forgive if we accept the help of our inner Teacher. Today we practice bringing our perceptions to the Holy Spirit and accept His help to let them go.

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