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Recognizing False Forgiveness

Forgiveness-to-destroy has many forms, being a weapon of the world of form. Not all of them are obvious, and some are carefully concealed beneath what seems like charity. Yet all the forms that it may seem to take have but this single goal; their purpose is to separate and make what God created equal, different. The difference is clear in several forms where the designed comparison cannot be missed, nor is it really meant to be.

In this group, first, there are the forms in which a “better” person deigns to stoop to save a “baser” one from what [the ego believes] he truly is. Forgiveness here rests on an attitude of gracious lordliness so far from love that arrogance could never be dislodged. Who can forgive and yet despise? And who can tell another he is steeped in sin, and yet perceive him as the Son of God? Who makes a slave to teach what freedom is? There is no union here, but only grief. This is not really mercy. This is death. (A Course in Miracles, S-2.II.1-2)

Belief in being separate from God is belief in death because it is belief in being separate from the Source of Life. The “life” we experience in the world is an illusionary substitute that excludes God/Love. Thus the ego never wants to truly forgive, for that would mean the acceptance of Love’s innocence. It offers instead substitutes for forgiveness that still deny Love’s unity.

To know our Self is to recognize our unity with the one Self that is in every brother. This would mean the end of the ego and so it has made tools to deceive us into believing we are forgiving while we are really attacking to maintain separation. We cannot see another as separate or different from our one Self and truly forgive. True forgiveness sees the face of Christ, the face of innocence, everywhere and in everyone.

It is time to let go of the ego’s deceptions. We do this with the vigilant practice of opening our minds to the Holy Spirit’s guidance all through the day. This willingness allows us to learn the Holy Spirit’s lessons in unity which shine away the shadows of the ego’s divisiveness. This is how we bring peace and Love to the world.

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