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Forgiving the Wish for Specialness

Forgiveness is the only gift I give.

Forgiveness is the only gift I give, because it is the only gift I want. ²And everything I give I give myself. ³This is salvation’s simple formula. ⁴And I, who would be saved, would make it mine, to be the way I live within a world that needs salvation, and that will be saved as I accept Atonement for myself.

Father, how certain are Your ways; how sure their final outcome, and how faithfully is every step in my salvation set already, and accomplished by Your grace. ²Thanks be to You for Your eternal gifts, and thanks to You for my Identity. (A Course in Miracles, W-297. See also ACIM Lesson 297 Insights.)

What is it that seems to need forgiveness? What affront or seeming harm are we defending against? It is always something that seems to “damage” our identity. But this identity is a false construct of the ego, made to set us apart from the world.

But our true Self is one with the world of Love. It is only our wish to be set apart, to be special, that needs to be forgiven. All the perceptions of attack, the affronts to our identity, stem from this one wish. As we forgive each seeming circumstance or situation, we are forgiving the wish for specialness.

Each forgiving thought opens the door wider to welcome the blessing of Love’s oneness. This is true, whether we forgive what appears to be someone else or forgive ourselves for something we thought we did. Forgiveness is the same. It lets go of the wish to be different and special. It welcomes the Love of God, which is our true Identity.

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