Forgiveness: Who Is It For?

What you deny you do not have,
What you have been given you have given.
-Holy Spirit

I awoke later than usual this morning having gone to bed late after working on the cover of my new book, “A Spiritual Journey of a Lifetime:The Things People Don’t Tell You.” Still in a dream fog, I “heard” words form in my mind that made up a string of two sentences that belong together, “What you deny you do not have. What you have been given you have given.”

This was a striking message to me because it gently reminded me that it was time to write my next article about forgiveness and who it is for. If you consider the message carefully, it is easy to see how it pertains to the topic of forgiveness. More specifically, if we find ourselves denying the Light in another, we cannot see or experience our own. The Light within each one of us is begging to be seen and because we believe in guilt, self or others’, we need to look upon this Light within with forgiving eyes.

Whoever sees the Light has forgiven. In other words, if you offer forgiveness to another, because we are One, you have been forgiven. So, who then is forgiveness for?

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You, me and anyone who believes in guilt, shame, and fear. When we experience being forgiven it is because we gifted it to another at some arbitrary time before.

How this works is miraculous! When you look upon another with forgiving eyes, you will experience patience and tolerance, and the act of overlooking or a pardon of your mistakes. When all you can see is the Forgiven, you will experience others in a totally different light of day. As a result, your life will change dramatically over a remarkably short period of time.

You see! Forgiveness of others and self shortens time. It miraculously makes time immaterial and timeless. What does this mean to us? It means we experience the timeless here, right here where we find ourselves to be. And the timeless can only be described as all that is not of this world – the Eternal.

What is the experience of forgiveness that creates the state of timelessness? I had been given an excerpt from the Author of “A Course in Miracles” yesterday that describes the Eternal state of Timelessness also known as “The Real World.”

The real world is not like this. It has no buildings, and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not need. It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon it. There is no day that brightens and grows dim. There is no loss. Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever. 

Look upon this message as a metaphor for this world and the life we live within it. There is nothing in time that can be found in timelessness. In other words, all that we experience here (in time) disappears as forgiveness is given, thus unwavering peace we receive.

Forgiveness is for those who live within time yet want to experience the timeless. Is that you?

Next time we will discuss how forgiveness is used. We have touched on this in this discussion, and therefore, we are primed for what we came to learn. I encourage you to spend some time processing what you have learned today and ask yourself: What can I do today to make sure I am someone who came to this life to forgive so that I may be forgiven? Sit quietly for a few moments and think about the things you have yet to forgive in yourself and then, go out there and start forgiving others for the same. For whatever you see needs to be forgiven in another is something that needs to be forgiven in yourself. After all, you are worth being forgiven.

A Course in Miracles, Ch 12 “The Problem of Guilt.” VII. Attainment of the Real World. ACIM OE Ch 12, 59.

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