Today’s ACIM lesson, #332, “Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free,” was a lesson that somehow or another, I managed to shuffle into the “wrong” location when I was doing the lessons last year. It is a lesson that proclaims, “Truth never makes attack. It merely is.” So, once again, I find myself being asked to let go of judgment and ideas of how things “should” or “shouldn’t” be and to simply allow what is to shine in all its splendor. Love is present. Love is HERE. By embracing forgiveness, it is found – the blocks to the awareness of Love’s presence are lifted. “Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope, and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.” Over and over, I find myself practicing allowing the Holy Spirit to soothe me and my fear/unbelief. The Course says, “The real purpose of this world is to use it to correct your unbelief. You can never control the effects of fear yourself, because you made fear, and you believe in what you made.” It then goes on to say,
It produces illusion. Fear is illusion. To embrace forgiveness is to free myself from those illusions and to finally accept what already happened and what never really happened at all.
3 The world of time is the world of illusion. What happened long ago seems to be happening now. Choices made long since appear to be open; yet to be made. What has been learned and understood and long ago passed by is looked upon as a new thought, a fresh idea, a different approach. Because your will is free you can accept what has already happened at any time you choose, and only then will you realize that it was always there. As the course emphasizes, you are not free to choose the curriculum, or even the form in which you will learn it. You are free, however, to decide when you want to learn it. And as you accept it, it is already learned.”
So today, I forgive, and in that forgiveness, find freedom.
From last year’s writing:
“Truth never makes attack. It merely is,” says today’s A Course in Miracles lesson (Note: I accidentally skipped ahead ten lessons today; I’ll get back on track tomorrow). Anyway, “Truth never makes attack. It merely is,” It merely is. Confident. Sure of what It is. Strong in what It is. God is Truth. It is Love. Unconcerned with anything unlike Itself because anything unlike Itself is just a fantasy, and God doesn’t waste His time tilting at windmills. But humans do. We specialize in the unreal, made from the ego recesses of our minds. Thus the need for forgiveness. “Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility,” says today’s lesson: “Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.” That’s the beauty of studying this stuff. Once I notice fear in the equation, I know I am listening to the ego thought system instead of God’s and that I have just come across another opportunity for forgiveness.
It seems like I spend a lot of time lately helping my friends distinguish the false from the true, the voice of the ego from the Voice for Love. It’s really not that difficult once you’ve practiced it a while. Does it make me feel good or bad? Does it bring me sorrow or joy? Do I feel clear or confused? God is never confused. God knows nothing of sorrow. God being One, being forever changeless, is Truth. Eternal and Timeless. Going back to yesterday’s lesson, this is where freedom lies. In the heartbeat of Love, in the beingness of Truth. We resist it because ego lies to us and tells us that the something it made is somehow preferable, dangling autonomy out like some juicy carrot that is “better” than truth. (Ego loves to compare.) And then we end up having to forgive ourselves for our fantasies. “What is forgiveness but a willingness that truth be true? What can remain unhealed and broken from a unity which holds all things within itself? There is no sin. And every miracle is possible the instant that the Son of God perceives his wishes and the Will of God are one.”
A miracle is possible the moment I am willing to let God call the shots and accept that God’s Will is my will. God’s Will is Love. God, being Love, is also happiness.
Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.
The ego makes illusions. Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away. Truth never makes attack. It merely is. And by its presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the real. Forgiveness bids this presence enter in, and take its rightful place within the mind. Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility. Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope, and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.
We would not bind the world again today. Fear holds it prisoner. And yet Your Love has given us the means to set it free. Father, we would release it now. For as we offer freedom, it is given us. And we would not remain as prisoners, while You are holding freedom out to us.
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Fear binds the world. Since the election, I have had many opportunities to discuss fear. Many people are afraid that the racists and the bigots now have permission to openly espouse their unloving ideals. Except it can’t work. I love Millennials because they are a generation that takes certain freedoms for granted. It doesn’t occur to them to hide who they are the way Gen X’ers or Baby Boomers did. Each generation becomes a little more accepting and it’s too late to stuff the genie back in the bottle. The light is being shined on those values that don’t jive with those who know better. But it is love that will heal it, not hatred. Forgiveness sets it free.
Everything that is not love is a call for love. Forgiveness is not condoning bad behavior; it’s embracing the freedom that God would have us know through Him. God does not forgive because He has never condemned. Why would He condemn what is not real?
Truth is eternal and changeless. It can’t be threatened by illusions. Only the love is real.
I say, let’s stop tilting at windmills. Let’s love as God loves. Let’s see the best in one another and know that when people fail to show us their true selves, it’s because they don’t believe love can win. But the game is rigged. There is nothing any of us can do to separate ourselves from God or one another. Love already won. We are just learning to let it in.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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