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Welcoming the Real World of Forgiveness

The real world is the state of mind in which the only purpose of the world is seen to be forgiveness. Fear is not its goal, for the escape from guilt becomes its aim. The value of forgiveness is perceived and takes the place of idols, which are sought no longer, for their “gifts” are not held dear. No rules are idly set, and no demands are made of anyone or anything to twist and fit into the dream of fear. Instead, there is a wish to understand all things created as they really are. And it is recognized that all things must be first forgiven, and then understood.

The real world is a state in which the mind has learned how easily do idols go when they are still perceived but wanted not. How willingly the mind can let them go when it has understood that idols are nothing and nowhere, and are purposeless. For only then can guilt and sin be seen without a purpose, and as meaningless.

Thus is the real world’s purpose gently brought into awareness, to replace the goal of sin and guilt. And all that stood between your image of yourself and what you are, forgiveness washes joyfully away. (A Course in Miracles, T-30.V.1;5:2-6:2. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

Forgiveness does not insist on defining anyone by the appearance of a body or personality. What is not real cannot define anything. We, as the one Son of God, are defined by what God created us to be — Love and nothing else. Forgiveness overlooks the ego’s definitions of its idols, its forms of separation.

Our holy function is to bring the recognition of the truth of Love in everyone to our brothers. As we let go of and overlook images that deny the oneness of Love, we teach ourselves and our brothers that we are united in Love.

This is our sole purpose as we welcome the real world of forgiveness in our minds. We want to remember God’s gift of joy. We want to let go of the mistaken value we have given to images of separation, fear and guilt in the world. This is the purpose we accept, for it leads us back to Heaven.

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