ACIM Lesson 350 Miracles mirror God’s eternal Love. To offer them is to remember Him, and through His memory to save the world.
What we forgive becomes a part of us, as we perceive ourselves. ²The Son of God incorporates all things within himself as You created him.
Miracles mirror God’s eternal Love. To offer them is to remember Him, and through His memory to save the world.
1. What we forgive becomes a part of us, as we perceive ourselves. ²The Son of God incorporates all things within himself as You created him. ³Your memory depends on his forgiveness. ⁴What he is, is unaffected by his thoughts. ⁵But what he looks upon is their direct result. ⁶Therefore, my Father, I would turn to You. ⁷Only Your memory will set me free. ⁸And only my forgiveness teaches me to let Your memory return to me, and give it to the world in thankfulness.
2. And as we gather miracles from Him, we will indeed be grateful. ²For as we remember Him, His Son will be restored to us in the reality of Love.
Forgiveness Is the Way
I offer a miracle when I respond with love rather than attack. In this way, I teach innocence rather than guilt. As I forgive, I welcome the other into my heart. I see her as part of me and I begin to remember who we are as part of God. Forgiveness is the way we remember our Selves and the way we remember God. It is the way we return Home and to do so, we must hold no one outside our forgiveness. That’s why it makes no sense to hold a grievance.
Here is something that used to happen to me. One of my children would say something that I interpreted as an insult. I would feel offended and even if I didn’t confront him or her directly, I would generally find a way to express my hurt. There was no upside to this kind of thinking. We would both feel guilt and thus reinforce the belief in guilt.
Now I don’t do that; I’m not even tempted to do that. I studied A Course in Miracles and practiced it long enough to understand this harmful dynamic. If one of them says something that could be interpreted as an attack, I see it differently. I see it as a call for love so I give love. Anything else would not make sense. Responding to attack with love is offering a miracle.
A True Miracle
If I attack or defend, I push the other away. Even if this occurs only in my mind, it still costs me the memory of Self and of God. We are One in our reality but experiencing ourselves as separate obscures our vision. Forgiveness restores vision and Oneness becomes all we see. My part is to desire forgiveness and the Holy Spirit undoes the unforgiveness for me. It is a miracle in the truest sense when this happens.
I was thinking about a time when I was holding a grievance against a fellow employee. It seemed hard to let it go because I kept interpreting all his words and actions to mean that he really was my problem. Eventually, of course, I turned it around so that I was looking at my own mind. What I understood was that it was my thoughts that were the real problem. I also saw that I wanted peace of mind more than I wanted to be right. At that moment, my mind was healed. It was amazing! Since then, I have been gathering miracles from God and giving them away as fast as I can. I want to remember the Son and this is how my memory is restored.
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