Daily Inspiration

The Blessing of Complete Forgiveness

The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all ways, beyond the laws of time and space, unbound by any preconceptions, and with strength and power to do whatever it is asked. ²Attack thoughts cannot enter such a mind, because it has been given to the Source of love, and fear can never enter in a mind that has attached itself to love. ³It rests in God. ⁴And who can be afraid who lives in Innocence, and only loves?

²Declare your innocence and you are free. ³The body disappears, because you have no need of it except the need the Holy Spirit sees. ⁴For this, the body will appear as useful form for what the mind must do. ⁵It thus becomes a vehicle which helps forgiveness be extended to the all-inclusive goal that it must reach, according to God’s plan.

You are God’s Son. ²In immortality you live forever. ³Would you not return your mind to this? ⁴Then practice well the thought the Holy Spirit gives you for today. ⁵Your brothers stand released with you in it; the world is blessed along with you, God’s Son will weep no more, and Heaven offers thanks for the increase of joy your practice brings even to it. ⁶And God Himself extends His Love and happiness each time you say:

⁷I am not a body. ⁸I am free. ⁹I hear the Voice that God has given me, and it is only this my mind obeys. (A Course in Miracles, W-199.2;4:2-5;8. See also ACIM Lesson 199 Insights.)

The purpose of A Course in Miracles is to help us completely release the wish for specialness. This wish is the root of all fear and guilt. It is a declaration that God’s creation is insufficient. Specialness demands that something be taken from one in order to make another more special. It requires belief that one must lose for another to gain. What can this be but an attack on God’s Creation?

But the Love of God is all that is real. What He Creates is complete and whole, eternally united with Him. Only in fantasy could it seem possible for there to be differences—greater and lesser.

The Course is teaching us how to let go of the mistaken belief that we can improve on God’s Creation by believing in specialness. The practice of forgiveness seems to need to be applied to many different situations. Yet at their core, they are all the same.

With this practice we learn the important lesson that all appearances of differences are not real. Forgiveness generalizes until we realize there is nothing real that needs to be forgiven for only God’s Love is real. Illusions have been fully dismissed and we accept that we are Love and nothing else. With that acceptance comes peace and joy.

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