It is strange to think that the key to everything I want is forgiveness and yet this morning’s A Course in Miracles tells me just that: Forgiveness gives me everything I want. It dismisses grievances, eliminates sin, and purges my mind of any and all ideas that things should be other than they are. This is not resignation. It is not letting go of desires or ambitions, but it is relinquishing the idea that God doesn’t know what He’s doing. It is acceptance of what is.
Forgiveness is the end of judgment, of condemnation, and of fear. The Course calls it “the lifting of the veil.” It is the end of the stories we’ve created that keep us from our inheritance. It was always here. God was never holding out on us. Forgiveness is sort of like the yellow brick road that leads to the Emerald City, where everything is bright and shiny and wondrous and all our deepest wishes can be granted. Like Dorothy, thinking she needed something “out there” to get what she wanted, we arrive to discover we always had the power to go home. It was with us all along.
We get there via forgiveness.
Forgiveness offers everything I want.
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?
Why would you seek an answer other than the answer that will answer everything? Here is the perfect answer, given to imperfect questions, meaningless requests, halfhearted willingness to hear, and less than halfway diligence and partial trust. Here is the answer! Seek for it no more. You will not find another one instead.
God’s plan for your salvation cannot change, nor can it fail. Be thankful it remains exactly as He planned it. Changelessly it stands before you like an open door, with warmth and welcome calling from beyond the doorway, bidding you to enter in and make yourself at home, where you belong.
Here is the answer! Would you stand outside while all of Heaven waits for you within? Forgive and be forgiven. As you give you will receive. There is no plan but this for the salvation of the Son of God. Let us today rejoice that this is so, for here we have an answer, clear and plain, beyond deceit in its simplicity. All the complexities the world has spun of fragile cobwebs disappear before the power and the majesty of this extremely simple statement of the truth.
Here is the answer! Do not turn away in aimless wandering again. Accept salvation now. It is the gift of God, and not the world. The world can give no gifts of any value to a mind that has received what God has given as its own. God wills salvation be received today, and that the intricacies of your dreams no longer hide their nothingness from you.
Open your eyes today and look upon a happy world of safety and of peace. Forgiveness is the means by which it comes to take the place of hell. In quietness it rises up to greet your open eyes, and fill your heart with deep tranquility as ancient truths, forever newly born, arise in your awareness. What you will remember then can never be described. Yet your forgiveness offers it to you.
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.
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Nestled amid my dissatisfaction with the allergies that I am suffering from this morning, amid the messiness of the corners of the house that I still need to clean out, amid the excess stuff and extra pounds, amid all the things I’ve claimed to want to get to but haven’t, amid all of my apparent failures there lies an answer: forgiveness. In one fell swoop it washes away all that seems to be less than perfect and restores me to peace.
“Here is the perfect answer, given to imperfect questions, meaningless requests, halfhearted willingness to hear, and less than halfway diligence and partial trust. Here is the answer! Seek for it no more. You will not find another one instead.”
It’s true – I have asked imperfect questions, had meaningless requests, halfhearted willingness to hear. I’m not as diligent as I like to pretend. I do not trust fully so much of the time. My ego steps in and tries to get me to hedge my bets, you know, in case God doesn’t come through. It wants to control stuff.
So instead of just letting God handle the details, I get into the thick of things. I spend hours online looking at houses. I calculate the money I think I will need for things. I squirrel away tons of food in my pantry because habit tells me to hunker down into the excess so that I will have plenty for the future (in other words – I plan for lack – how sick is that!). I block the flow of energy all because of lack of trust. Lately, I am reading books on Feng Shui (The Everything Fend Shi Decluttering Book) which advices, “When you begin to clear the clutter in your home, you also begin to release old attachments to things that no longer serve you or bring you joy.”
I can definitely see where forgiveness is needed in that equation. I mean, why did I gather all this stuff to begin with? Did I seriously think I was going to someday fit back into that dress (and that it would magically still be fashionable once I did???).
It’s strange to think that it is really so very simple. All I need is forgiveness. All I want is forgiveness. It is the answer to everything. It is the key that dismantles my unhappy impulses and discards their necessity. Forgiveness gives me everything I want.
Forgiveness offers everything I want.
I can see it. I can. Every time I think things aren’t perfect. Forgiveness. Every time I think someone should be behaving differently. Forgiveness. Every time I think I need something I don’t seem to have. Forgiveness.
I don’t need to change anything or anyone. I already have everything I need and want, but my grievances have kept that knowledge from me. My judgments have blocked my ability to notice.
It’s not that love isn’t present, but it scares the crap out of us. It’s hard to accept how deeply, deeply loved we are. How do we let it all in? The easy way is not to – to block it. The easy way (the way the ego chooses to deal with it) is not just block it, but to deny it (God/Love) is even there, to refuse to allow the veil to be lifted.
Forgiveness gives me everything I need. Forgiveness offers everything I want.
“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?
No wonder I found myself wearing my Dorothy shoes today (my ruby red shoes). It’s a little wink from God, telling me I always had the power to get back home. The only requirement is forgiveness.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.