Daily Inspiration

Atonement Accepts God’s Reality

Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. ²It does not pardon sins and make them real. ³It sees there was no sin. ⁴And in that view are all your sins forgiven. ⁵What is sin, except a false idea about God’s Son? ⁶Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. ⁷What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God.

An unforgiving thought is one which makes a judgment that it will not raise to doubt, although it is not true. ²The mind is closed, and will not be released.

Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. ²It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. ³It merely looks, and waits, and judges not. …he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.

Do nothing, then, and let forgiveness show you what to do, through Him Who is your Guide, your Savior and Protector, strong in hope, and certain of your ultimate success. ²He has forgiven you already, for such is His function, given Him by God. ³Now must you share His function, and forgive whom He has saved, whose sinlessness He sees, and whom He honors as the Son of God. (A Course in Miracles, W-pII.1.1:1–2:2;4:1-3,5;5)

The ego tells us that we need to do things, pay a penalty or sacrifice to compensate for our sins. This is its version of atonement.

The Holy Spirit sees that no sin occurred in truth. Only in dreams does harm appear possible. But nothing can change the eternal Love that is God’s Son. Thus in truth, nothing has occurred that needs to be forgiven. He sees all of God’s Sons as united in the oneness of God’s eternal Love. Because nothing has changed this fact, nothing needs to be done.

Atonement is given us when we accept the Self we are as God’s Son. We awaken from a dream of sin to the reality of Love.

In the dream, forgiveness is needed. Forgiveness recognizes that what we thought occurred never happened in truth. It sees beyond the dream images to our unity with our Creator. Today we welcome the Holy Spirit’s help to see the truth that everyone is one as the Son of God.

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