You cannot wake yourself. Yet you can let yourself be wakened. You can overlook your brother’s dreams. So perfectly can you forgive him his illusions he becomes your savior from your dreams. And as you see him shining in the space of light where God abides within the darkness, you will see that God Himself is where his body is. Before this light the body disappears, as heavy shadows must give way to light. The darkness cannot choose that it remain. The coming of the light means it is gone. In glory will you see your brother then, and understand what really fills the gap so long perceived as keeping you apart. There, in its place, God’s witness has set forth the gentle way of kindness to God’s Son. Whom you forgive is given power to forgive you your illusions. By your gift of freedom is it given unto you.
Make way for love, which you did not create, but which you can extend. On earth this means forgive your brother, that the darkness may be lifted from your mind. (A Course in Miracles, T-29.III.3:2-4:2. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)
Forgiveness is the central theme of A Course in Miracles. It is the means to return to peace and the basis for true perception. Forgiveness is the means to awaken.
It is important to remember that we cannot forgive while we believe we are alone. The thought system of being alone, the ego, is incapable of true forgiveness. We must be willing to accept the help of our inner Guide to show us the justification for forgiveness. The justification for forgiving always comes down to the recognition that what seemed to happen in dreams did not occur in reality. Nothing can happen that could change God’s Creation, His Son. We are God’s Son. As we learn to see the perfection of God’s Love in our brother, we learn to recognize It in ourselves. Our perception is purified and we see truly.
Today we choose to replace the “virtual reality” presented by the ego with the true Reality of the perfect, changeless Love of God’s Creation. We choose to let our limited perception be replaced by the Holy Spirit’s vision.
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