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Finding Peace Through Forgiveness

Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.

Conflict must be resolved. It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped. [Conflict] must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accorded it. For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.

Father, forgiveness is the light You chose to shine away all conflict and all doubt, and light the way for our return to You. No light but this can end our evil dream. No light but this can save the world. For this alone will never fail in anything, being Your gift to Your beloved Son. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 333, W-pII.333. See also ACIM Lesson 333 Insights.)

Forgiveness is the core lesson of A Course in Miracles. But it is not the forgiveness commonly practiced in the world. The ego teaches us that what we perceive in the world actually happened. While we hold this belief, true forgiveness is impossible. No one is willing to truly forgive a harm they believe is real. They may try ignore it, hide it in the corner of their mind or seek retribution, but never truly let it go.

True release can only occur when the unreality of a perceived harm is recognized. The ego would never show us unreality because it itself is unreal and if it is recognized as such, the ego would simply cease to seem to be.

To truly forgive, we need the help of the Holy Spirit. Forgiveness starts with acknowledging that we do believe something happened that harmed us in some way. It is this belief that must be let go for true forgiveness to set us free. To let our beliefs go, we need the Holy Spirit’s help to show us the truth that was hidden by the mistaken belief in what could never be real.

Our part of forgiveness is to acknowledge the need to forgive our perception and offer that perception to the Holy Spirit for His loving correction. The Holy Spirit sees what we believe but does not believe it. His part in the forgiveness process is to provide a bridge leading us out of our mistaken belief and show us that only Love is real. With His vision, we remember that nothing has harmed our true Self. Nothing has changed God’s Son, Who remains at one with God’s Love eternally.

Today we practice walking with the Holy Spirit with willingness to join with His vision of Christ. In this shared vision we will see the innocence of Love’s oneness instead of the guilt of separation. This is how we welcome miracles.

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