Today’s ACIM lesson, #297, Forgiveness is the only gift I give, is the reminder that “…everything I give I give myself.” This is a lesson in kindness – in being magnanimous because, as the Manual for Teachers says, “The teacher of God is generous out of Self interest.” It is the recognition that life is a boomerang and that “as ye sow, so shall ye reap.” It is in our best interest to be loving. It is in our best interest to be kind and forgiving and compassionate. It serves no one to be mean-spirited. Yes, life is a boomerang and so forgiveness is always the answer. From last year’s writing:
Anyone who studies A Course in Miracles for any length of time quickly realizes that its main theme is forgiveness. Forgiveness offers everything I want. As I give, I receive; so the path to getting everything I want, the way to return to love is forgiveness. Today’s lesson is “Forgiveness is the only gift I give,” tells us “everything I give I give myself.” Ego thinks “…that you can get rid of something you do not want by giving it away. “ The Course says otherwise: “Giving it is how you keep it. “
Life’s a boomerang. What we give, is given to us. And we could all use a little forgiveness.
Today’s lesson (for me, anyway – at this point, I’m 8 days behind!) is the reminder of the importance of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the ticket out of hell. It is the mea culpa that acknowledges one’s responsibility in one’s worldview. I have given everything I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] all the meaning that it has for me. It is the awareness that everything tends to get filtered through ego which is why forgiveness is necessary. (God does not forgive because He has never condemned.) Forgive is the only gift I give because it is the only one necessary to bring me home to the remembrance of truth: to return me to the awareness of who and what I am (and thus who and what you are).
It’s so simple; deceptively so. It is the one act that returns me to love.
Forgiveness is the only gift I give.
Forgiveness is the only gift I give, because it is the only gift I want. And everything I give I give myself. This is salvation’s simple formula. And I, who would be saved, would make it mine, to be the way I live within a world that needs salvation, and that will be saved as I accept Atonement for myself.
Father, how certain are Your ways; how sure their final outcome, and how faithfully is every step in my salvation set already, and accomplished by Your grace. Thanks be to You for Your eternal gifts, and thanks to You for my Identity.
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In the arms of forgiveness, I find my way back to innocence. Innocence is another key concept with the Course. Ego hates it. Ego wants guilt and shame and retribution. But God could not have created a Son unlike Himself which means that the truth is innocence. There is no duality. All that stuff we thought happened was illusion. The horrors of the world never really happened.
Life is a boomerang – what we put out comes back to us, so let’s just teach love!
God doesn’t acknowledge our illusions because that would be taking them seriously and He knows better. Instead, we are gently led back to truth, back to innocence, back to love. Forgiveness is how we get there, for in that simple act of being willing to forgive, all the stories of guilt and pain are let go.
It is so hard for ego to accept that because its acceptance means the end of its reign of terror. It is the end of duality. It is the place where peace rules.
The judgment is dropped. The ideas of good and bad washed pure. Light surrounds everything with the vision of Christ and I am at home in God.
Of course, words fail me. It’s one of those things that once you start to truly understand, it’s hard to explain, but I can feel it. Just as I can feel how ego wants to hook me back into all the stuff that would strip me of this bliss (it’s like a shadow in my peripheral vision), so I have to do as God does and not even acknowledge the insanity.
Forgiveness is the only gift I give because it is the only gift I want – it is my return to innocence and love and safety. Nothing to defend; nothing to correct. Just love. Only the love is real anyhow.
When I am deep in these lessons, they make total sense and I am high from the realization of how reasonable it all is. Of course, ego wants to tell me otherwise. Ego wants to tell me I have to be practical – that there are bad people in the world and I need to protect myself from them.
But once you start to get that it is only your vision (your vibration) that placed them there, it changes things. Forgiveness is the only gift I give because love is the only thing I want and it is the express-pass to love and safety.
Life’s a boomerang. I’m just going to keep throwing love into the wind and watch it come back to me. Forgiveness is the answer that returns me to love again and again.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.