Lesson 249

Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.

Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end. What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can be sustained? The world becomes a place of joy, abundance, charity and endless giving. It is now so like to Heaven that it quickly is transformed into the light that it reflects. And so the journey which the Son of God began has ended in the light from which he came.

Father, we would return our minds to You. We have betrayed them, held them in a vise of bitterness, and frightened them with thoughts of violence and death. Now would we rest again in You, as You created us.



I know about forgiveness, of course, have known since I began studying the Course years ago. At first I completely refused to understand forgiveness, and held onto that resistance device for a very long time. Then I saw forgiveness as an integral part of salvation, something important that I really needed to work on when I had the chance. I began to work seriously with forgiveness when I read Inner Healing by Dan Joseph and he shared his simple three step process. It was so easy and non- threatening that I slipped it right past the ego, and before it could object I had discovered the joy of forgiveness.

This prepared the soil of my mind for the many seeds that would be dropped into it. I got a lot more interested in forgiveness when I read The Disappearance of the Universe. I started working on forgiveness in a different way. Then I discovered Ho’oponopono-I’m Sorry, I Love You Process and really used the heck out of that one. Another favorite is from The Way of the Heart. The most recent is the very helpful forgiveness process from Nouk Sanchez.

In doing forgiveness work over a period of time, my appreciation of forgiveness as grown, as has my understanding. I see another person acting badly and I realize something immediately. That is me over there. That one is mirroring a thought from my mind. Just as it would be a waste of time to correct an image in a mirror, there is no point in trying to fix a world that is just a reflection of my thoughts. So as it turns out, I am always only forgiving my own projections.

Each of these processes have brought me closer to understanding the importance of forgiveness because they helped me see it from different angles. Also because the shear number of times I have used these processes has caused a real shift in my life. I see now that forgiveness is more than something I do to make a difference in my relationships, or to make myself happy.

Forgiveness is a train I board to go Home. The tracks lead directly to God and all I need to do is get on. When I fail to forgive or choose ego over Spirit as my teacher, I have fallen off the train, and so am no longer on the most direct route home. I have to get up, shake myself off and get right back on. Forgiveness isn’t just something I do as a “spiritual person’ anymore. It is not my little sacrifice to God, where I give up what I want for the good of the Sonship.

Forgiveness is my joy, my happiness, my peace. Forgiveness is the purpose of everything that appears in my life, anywhere in my life, even in the peripheral parts of my life. If it is in any way in my awareness, I ask the Holy Spirit what needs to be done with this. What in this event, person, or circumstance, needs my forgiveness. Every forgiveness is inclusive. I forgive myself, the other person, event or circumstance. I forgive the world that is part of this lesson. I forgive the Sonship that is dreaming this dream. No error in the mind is discreet because that would assume some kind of separation.

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