Forgiveness offers everything I want

This post was written by DoctorJay on March 4, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Do you want to be happy or right. It might as well be do you want to be peaceful or have vengeance. Or do you want to be safe or do you want to have power. The list is endless. You can be unconditionally loving, full of compassion for you fellow human beings, or be out for number one never getting any true happiness.

At this stage I need to talk about a person at work who is disliked by just about everyone. In a cut throat industry he goes way beyond the limit. He steals everyone elses commissions. I see him as my angel. He gives me many chances to forgive each day and I must admit I’m failing often.

When I get home and I’m away from the source of selfishness I can understand him, have compassion and forgive him totally. I do not yet know how to forgive whille standing for my own rights. Last year around this time I got a major opportunity to forgive and I failed very miserably attempting (in only a small way) to be vengeful. The law of karma got me in a strong way and that was very good for my spirituality (exceptionally bad for my finances).

Then that is alright as I have learned my lesson and like all God’s children I’m forgiven. However, this is not so much about the lack of immediate forgiveness in me but in the effect of selfishness in my brother. When new people join the organization he may steal from them for short term gain but most people hate him and stop any cooperation with him. Much worse still he is never in peace. He is constantly struggling and yet calm and true happiness elude him.

From ACIM workbook for today:

What could you want forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep, abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

All this forgiveness offers you, and more. It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day. It soothes your forehead while you sleep, and rests upon your eyelids so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack. And when you wake again, it offers you another day of happiness and peace. All this forgiveness offers you, and more.

Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world. It lets you recognize the Son of God, and clears your memory of all dead thoughts so that remembrance of your Father can arise across the threshold of your mind. What would you want forgiveness cannot give? What gifts but these are worthy to be sought? What fancied value, trivial effect or transient promise, never to be kept, can hold more hope than what forgiveness brings?

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Remembering the gifts forgiveness gives, we undertake our practicing today with hope and faith that this will be the day salvation will be ours. Earnestly and gladly will we seek for it today, aware we hold the key within our hands, accepting Heaven’s answer to the hell we made, but where we would remain no more.

Morning and evening do we gladly give a quarter of an hour to the search in which the end of hell is guaranteed. Begin in hopefulness, for we have reached the turning point at which the road becomes far easier. And now the way is short that yet we travel. We are close indeed to the appointed ending of the dream.

Sink into happiness as you begin these practice periods, for they hold out the sure rewards of questions answered and what your acceptance of the answer brings. Today it will be given you to feel the peace forgiveness offers, and the joy the lifting of the veil holds out to you.

Before the light you will receive today the world will fade until it disappears, and you will see another world arise you have no words to picture. Now we walk directly into light, and we receive the gifts that have been held in store for us since time began, kept waiting for today.

Forgiveness offers everything you want. Today all things you want are given you. Let not your gifts recede throughout the day, as you return again to meet a world of shifting change and bleak appearances. Retain your gifts in clear awareness as you see the changeless in the heart of change; the light of truth behind appearances.

Be tempted not to let your gifts slip by and drift into forgetfulness, but hold them firmly in your mind by your attempts to think of them at least a minute as each quarter of an hour passes by. Remind yourself how precious are these gifts with this reminder, which has power to hold your gifts in your awareness through the day:

Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Today I have accepted this as true.
Today I have received the gifts of God.

My reaction:

I went very, very deep in both long meditations. Perhaps because I know forgiveness offers all I want. It is a question of not judging my fellow human beings when apparent transgressions happen. Forgiving them half an hour later, or at the latest next day is automatic for me. As I mentioned earlier, I did go against my own values of forgiveness last year and I suffered to no end for that.

What I would like to happen is that I no longer forgive since I feel no reason to forgive. Surely that’s when you are actually in touch with the ultimate unity. If you are me and I am you…

There are no mistakes, there are no sins, there is nothing to forgive.

Another thing is that is this is all an illusion, there is no thing to forgive. Then knowing that there is no thing, you can live in peace, love, compassion without the need to forgive.

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