Keys to this Lesson
Want peace? Try forgiveness.
This is THE key and only KEY. FORGIVENESS.
We all know the unforgiving mind, the fear, the sadness, the darkness. Afraid of so many things. We know this mind all too well.
Forgiveness will be taught to us by our Teacher, the Holy Spirit.
There is hope.
We are given many opportunities by our brothers to forgive ourselves.
Today that is what we will do. We will learn to forgive.
We will try practicing forgiveness toward a person you think of as an enemy and to someone you think of as a friend. As you see them both in forgiveness’ light, you will forgive yourself as well.
As Jesus directs:
Begin the longer practice periods by thinking of someone you do not like, who seems to irritate you, or to cause regret in you if you should meet him; one you actively despise, or merely try to overlook. It does not matter what the form your anger takes. You probably have chosen him already. He will do.
Now close your eyes and see him in your mind, and look at him a while. Try to perceive some light in him somewhere; a little gleam which you had never noticed. Try to find some little spark of brightness shining through the ugly picture that you hold of him. Look at this picture till you see a light somewhere within it, and then try to let this light extend until it covers him, and makes the picture beautiful and good.
Look at this changed perception for a while, and turn your mind to one you call a friend. Try to transfer the light you learned to see around your former “enemy” to him. Perceive him now as more than friend to you, for in that light his holiness shows you your savior, saved and saving, healed and whole.
Then let him offer you the light you see in him, and let your “enemy” and friend unite in blessing you with what you gave. Now are you one with them, and they with you. Now have you been forgiven by yourself. Do not forget, throughout the day, the role forgiveness plays in bringing happiness to every unforgiving mind, with yours among them. Every hour tell yourself:
Forgiveness is the key to happiness. I will awaken from the dream that I am mortal, fallible and full of sin, and know I am the perfect Son of God.
See also Rev. Deb’s talk on YouTube called “Forgive-about-it”. At the end, this lesson is used as a meditation which you can use too to practice this lesson.