Great Truths, Insights & Paradoxes about 'Forgiveness'
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Forgiveness to Destroy: (All quotes from ‘A Course in Miracles’)
'No gift of Heaven has been more misunderstood than has forgiveness. It has, in fact, become a curse where it was meant to bless.' (S-2.I.1:1-2) 'Forgiveness to destroy will overlook no sin, no crime, no guilt that it can seek and find .... ' (S-2.I.2:2) Essentially what happens is: '..... you see error clearly first, (thus making it real) and then overlook it. Yet how can you overlook what you have made real.' (T-9.IV.4:4-5)
Forgiveness to destroy has many forms. For example: We could see ourselves as better than another and then be big enough to forgive (W-126.3); we could see both ourselves and the other as sinful, as equal martyrs, and then forgive; or we may use a form of bargaining: 'I will forgive you if you meet my needs, for in your slavery is my release.' (S-2.II.6:2) None of these is true forgiveness!
'To forgive is to overlook.' (T-9.IV.1:2)
'Forgiveness does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees that there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven.' (W-II.1.1:2-4)
'Forgiveness recognises what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.' (W-II.1.1:1)
'Forgiveness is still, and quietly does nothing. It merely looks, waits & judges not.' (W-II.1.4:1,3)
If you have a problem, you have something to forgive. Anyone who experiences sickness or pain has a need to forgive. Anyone who finds himself in unpleasant circumstances has a need to forgive. Anyone who finds himself in debt has a need to forgive. Where there is suffering, unhappiness, lack, confusion or misery of any sort, there is a need to forgive.
'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 realise the freedom that is its inheritance.'
'Forgiveness is acquired. It is not inherent. Forgiveness must be learned.' (W-121.6:1-3)
'Forgiveness is the key to happiness.' (W-121)
The illusion is that there is something to forgive. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions. Forgiveness is itself illusion, yet it is answer to the rest: 'Forgiveness sweeps all other dreams away, and though it is itself a dream, it breeds no other.' (W-198.3:1)
One of the goals of ‘A Course in Miracles’ is to train the mind so that the time will come when instead of judging automatically, we will forgive automatically! Instead of seeing the other as doing something to us, we simply see them as asking for love in some way!
Forgiveness isn’t about being happy in the dream. It is about waking up from the dream. The fringe benefit is that the dream does get a lot better along the way
All references are to 'A Course in Miracles'.