Insights By: Ryan Westbrook-Vigue

Workbook Lesson: 332 Insights 

Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.


Lesson 332


Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free. 



Today’s lesson is a good one for me. As I was mediating and praying on this lesson the Holy Spirit brought something to my mind. I love decorating our home for all the holidays. I love decorating for Harvest. One year I added to my collection of Harvest home décor. I found a metal pumpkin that was intended to be a candleholder, I suppose. I took a smaller pumpkin and squeezed the smaller pumpkin in the middle of the metal pumpkin. The Holy Spirit showed me how those two pumpkins, though simple could be an expression of our Father’s Love by being strong, reliable, and faithful and the smaller pumpkin represents His Son. The Creator’s creation is always surrounded by the Father’s Love.


In this season, when gift giving is on everyone’s mind, it is helpful to remember that there is no greater gift we can offer anyone, including ourselves, than the gift of forgiveness. It is a gift that keeps on giving; it opens my mind to the eternal Love that I am. It replaces Illusion with truth. It replaces bondage with freedom. It replaces conflict with peace. It replaces depression with happiness. All these forgiveness offers. 


It the Course, forgiveness means letting go of illusions, letting go of the past and future. Forgiveness opens my mind to God’s gift in the present, the eternal now. In the truth is no other time.  Love is here. Love is now. My job is to recognize the signal and that each of these thoughts and feelings to the Holy Spirit. His Light of Love will show me the illusion on which the pain and fear is based and shine it away. It is only by taking these thoughts to The Holy Spirit and asking for His help with an open mind and that I can find release and know the freedom that forgiveness brings.



In this lesson, Jesus is telling me I have a choice. I can hang on to my limited perceptions of the world of separation and individuality or I can choose to open to the perceptions of the Holy Spirit, which shines the false ideas of the ego thought system away. 


Today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me offer the gift of forgiveness to my brothers and sisters as well as myself. I will then know the freedom forgiveness brings.



Wishing each of you the deepest peace, 




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