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The Foundation of Forgiveness

I do not know what anything is for.

Purpose is meaning. ²Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything.

You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. ²These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests, because the ego is not you. ³This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for. ⁴As a result, you are bound to misuse it. ⁵When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned to the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.

Another way of describing the goals you now perceive is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” interests. ²Since you have no personal [separate] interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing.

It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. ²The recognition that they are meaningless, rather than “good” or “bad,” is the only way to accomplish this. (A Course in Miracles, W-25.1:1-2;2:1-3:2;5:1-2. See also ACIM Lesson 25 Insights.)

This lesson is the foundation of the Course’s teaching on forgiveness. When we align with the ego, we accept the meaning it gives for the images of separation it projects. But we are not the ego. This fact is why we are not eternally condemned to live in the hell of separation. The ego’s world denies the reality of Love’s oneness and thus it denies Life Itself. True Life is the eternal giving and receiving of Love.

Our conviction that separation is real must be undone for us to awaken from the dream and remember that we are Love and nothing else. Reminding ourselves frequently that we do not know what any appearance means unlocks the door to forgiveness. We become willing to accept that there may be a different meaning than we perceive. Now we are teachable. Our inner Teacher will lead us to the true meaning of Love’s reality.

Appearances of separation are transformed as we are shown the opportunity to join with the Love that is everywhere in everything. Only the Love is real. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we see Love’s Reality beyond the appearances which stood as a barrier against Love’s presence.

Today we practice welcoming the Holy Spirit’s loving lessons in forgiveness as we remember we do not know what anything means.

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