Keys to this Lesson
We are reviewing the meaning of FORGIVE.
Forgiveness has been distorted to us before.
To pardon is meaningless.
To pardon is agree with what is false.
Jesus says that our major difficulty is that we believe that we must forgive the truth and not illusions.
We want to make the illusion true.
Because we think sins are real we believe pardon is a deception.
This makes forgiveness a deception too.
Jesus tells us:
Forgiveness is the only thing that stands for truth in the illusions of the world. It sees their nothingness, and looks straight through the thousand forms in which they may appear. It looks on lies, but it is not deceived. It does not heed the self-accusing shrieks of sinners mad with guilt. It looks on them with quiet eyes, and merely says to them, “My brother, what you think is not the truth.”
Forgiveness must be practiced for the world cannot perceive its meaning nor provide an appropriate guide.
15 minutes, twice today spent with Holy Spirit.
Ask of the Holy Spirit:
Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.
Choose one person and catalogue what you believe to be his “sins”. Don’t dwell on any one of them, but realize that you are using these to save the world from all ideas of sin.
Briefly consider each one and then ask yourself, “Would I condemn myself for doing this?”
Let him be freed from the thoughts that you believed about him.
Prepare yourself for freedom.
If you are practicing correctly, you will feel a sense of lifting up, a weight being lifted from your chest and a deep feeling of relief.
In the rest of the practice period experience the escape from the heavy chains that have held your brother and yourself.
Practice forgiveness throughout the day.
Allow your mind to see through the illusion and tell yourself:
Let me perceive forgiveness as it is. Would I accuse myself of doing this? I will not lay this chain upon myself.
In everything remember this:
No one is crucified alone, and yet no one can enter Heaven by himself.