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Exchanging Misery for Joy and Peace

Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world. It lets you recognize the Son of God, and clears your memory of all dead thoughts so that remembrance of your Father can arise across the threshold of your mind.

Here is the answer! Do not turn away in aimless wandering again. Accept salvation now. It is the gift of God, and not the world. The world can give no gifts of any value to a mind that has received what God has given as its own. God wills salvation be received today, and that the intricacies of your dreams no longer hide their nothingness from you.

Open your eyes today and look upon a happy world of safety and of peace. Forgiveness is the means by which it comes to take the place of hell. In quietness it rises up to greet your open eyes, and fill your heart with deep tranquility as ancient truths, forever newly born, arise in your awareness. What you will remember then can never be described. Yet your forgiveness offers it to you.

Remind yourself how precious are these gifts with this reminder, which has power to hold your gifts in your awareness through the day:

Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Today I have accepted this as true.
Today I have received the gifts of God.
(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 122, W-pI.122.3:1-2;7-8;14:2-5. See also ACIM Lesson 122 Insights.)

Forgiveness seems difficult in the world. Some things are even perceived as unforgivable. But we pay a steep price for our unforgiveness. Unforgiveness brings with it pain, sadness, fear, guilt, resentment, all effects of unforgiveness.

We are free to choose another option. We can exchange the “benefits” of unforgiveness for the benefits of true forgiveness — joy, peace of mind and changeless Love. We are so embedded in the world that we cannot make this choice without help. We think we need to hold others responsible for our misery.

Without this projected blame, we recognize that our thoughts are the cause of our misery. Without a way out of this responsibility, it seems intolerable. But we have been given the means to find the peace and happiness that will replace our misery through Holy Spirit’s help to truly forgive.

Today, with every thought that disturbs our peace and happiness, we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to heal our mind and see past the disturbing perception. He will cleanse our beliefs which justify unforgiveness so that we can see the reality of Love’s presence always.

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