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The Path to True Forgiveness

Forgiveness offers wings to prayer, to make its rising easy and its progress swift. Without its strong support it would be vain to try to rise above prayer’s bottom step, or even to attempt to climb at all. Forgiveness is prayer’s ally; sister in the plan for your salvation. Both must come to hold you up and keep your feet secure; your purpose steadfast and unchangeable. Behold the greatest help that God ordained to be with you until you reach to Him. Illusion’s end will come with this. Unlike the timeless nature of its sister, prayer, forgiveness has an end. For it becomes unneeded when the rising up is done. Yet now it has a purpose beyond which you cannot go, nor have you need to go. Accomplish this and you have been redeemed. Accomplish this and you have been transformed. Accomplish this and you will save the world. (A Course in Miracles, S-2.in.1)

Unforgiveness keeps us locked into the ego’s world of separation. It keeps us locked into fear and guilt, the inevitable consequence of judgment and belief in separation. Without forgiveness our prayers are at best confused because unforgiveness demands guilt in another, which demands guilt in ourselves. We cannot move up the ladder of prayer to the point of true prayer, unencumbered by guilt and judgment, without forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an illusion offered by the Holy Spirit to help us let go of guilt. It is needed only in the illusion that seems to justify guilt. It is the one illusion that leads out of all illusions to the recognition that only Love’s innocence is real. This is the recognition of our Identity as God’s Son, God’s perfect extension of Love.

The entire Course in Miracles is designed to motivate us to be willing to let go of the dream. It brings to our attention the pain we have hidden from ourselves which comes from believing in lovelessness. It describes and offers ways to experience the joy and peace and limitless Love that is our true Nature, our true Self.

We are given many processes to facilitate forgiveness and we are shown that the Holy Spirit’s function is to teach us true forgiveness. He is ever-present in our minds, available to assist us to learn to see past the false images of the world to the reality of changeless Love. Let us take the Holy Spirit’s Hand and accept His guidance in our thoughts, words and actions all through the day.

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