Thoughts on Forgiveness-for-Salvation


From The Song of Prayer, 2. Forgiveness, III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation

I forgive so I may embrace the all-encompassing Oneness That Is. I am not separate from you and you from me. It seems that way when I look at you, but who are you really? Who am I really? Are we the sum of our past, our personality quirks, our pain, our attempts at happiness? Are you or I really in control here? I am in control of my thoughts that I think. With whom will I think them with? Spirit or ego?

I don’t know what forgiveness will look like. I surrender to the un-forming. All I need do is call to the Christ. The Christ will lead me down a splendid path strewn with blossoms of love, carpeting my way. There is only God’s Will. And yet I am to ask, “What should I do for him, Your Holy Son?” when help is needed and forgiveness sought. What should I do? Not, I KNOW what to do.  In this query is the stepping aside so that light indeed may guide.

In my life when I have come across these times whether the call is subtle or a wailing (and it just isn’t someone else but I can fall into that category or two myself), what have I done? At times I ignored the forgiveness call and shoved it aside to yet another, later time. Other times I accepted the call, listened to the Christ and allowed His Answer to grace me. What is His Answer? Seeing through the Eyes of Holiness.

I think about the previous year when I had circumstances that shook my foundation as maddening communication came my way in the form that I judged to be from such twisted minds. I worked through these times, first remembering that I am not what others indicate or judge me to be. If I take those projections on, then I am owning them as true. After I worked through that level, I remembered that those others had forgotten who they were in God’s Eyes. It was my job to see them with God’s Eyes. When I did this, then what occurred dissipated to the point that I have to spend time really recalling what those situations were. And this I have embrace just merely over the last two months as our current class looked at “Health is Inner Peace.”

Do I give my “health” away to the ego’s judgments and projections? Meaning my spiritual and mental health? Or do I rest in Him Who is my Source and release the world and all its “charms” and allow the gift to be given through me to these others. When I do this, it takes on such new meaning for me. I see my brother outlined in light. Then, as I look more closely, the image of the body vanishes and I see only light. Then, we are no bodies no more, we are saved, we are united in His Holy Light. There is no we, but only the Son of God.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation

S-2.III.1.               Forgiveness-for-Salvation has one form, and only one. 2 It does not ask for proof of innocence, nor pay of any kind. 3 It does not argue, nor evaluate the errors that it wants to overlook. 4 It does not offer gifts in treachery, nor promise freedom while it asks for death. 5 Would God deceive you? 6 He but asks for trust and willingness to learn how to be free. 7 He gives His Teacher to whoever asks, and seeks to understand the Will of God. 8 His readiness to give lies far beyond your understanding and your simple grasp. 9 Yet He has willed you learn the way to Him, and in His willing there is certainty.

S-2.III.2.               You child of God, the gifts of God are yours, not by your plans but by His holy Will. 2 His Voice will teach you what forgiveness is, and how to give it as He wills it be. 3 Do not, then, seek to understand what is beyond you yet, but let it be a way to draw you up to where the eyes of Christ become the sight you choose. 4 Give up all else, for there [is] nothing else. 5 When someone calls for help in any form, He is the One to answer for you. 6 All that you need do is to step back and not to interfere. 7 Forgiveness-for-Salvation is His task, and it is He Who will respond for you.

S-2.III.3.               Do not establish what the form should be that Christ’s forgiveness takes. 2 He knows the way to make of every call a help to you, as you arise in haste to go at last unto your Father’s house. 3 Now can He make your footsteps sure, your words sincere; not with your own sincerity, but with His Own. 4 Let Him take charge of how you would forgive, and each occasion then will be to you another step to Heaven and to peace.

S-2.III.4.               Are you not weary of imprisonment? 2 God did not choose this sorry path for you. 3 What you have chosen still can be undone, for prayer is merciful and God is just. 4 His is a justice He can understand, but you cannot as yet. 5 Still will He give the means to you to learn of Him, and know at last that condemnation is not real and makes illusions in its evil name. 6 And yet it matters not the form that dreams may seem to take. 7 Illusions are untrue. 8 God’s Will is truth, and you are one with Him in Will and purpose. 9 Here all dreams are done.

S-2.III.5.               “What should I do for him, Your holy Son?” should be the only thing you ever ask when help is needed and forgiveness sought. 2 The form the seeking takes you need not judge. 3 And let it not be you who sets the form in which forgiveness comes to save God’s Son. 4 The light of Christ in him is his release, and it is this that answers to his call. 5 Forgive him as the Christ decides you should, and be His eyes through which you look on him, and speak for Him as well. 6 He knows the need; the question and the answer. 7 He will say exactly what to do, in words that you can understand and you can also use. 8 Do not confuse His function with your own. 9 He is the Answer. 10 You the one who hears.

S-2.III.6.               And what is it He speaks to you about? 2 About salvation and the gift of peace. 3 About the end of sin and guilt and death. 4 About the role forgiveness has in Him. 5 Do you but listen. 6 For He will be heard by anyone who calls upon His Name, and places his forgiveness in His hands. 7 Forgiveness has been given Him to teach, to save it from destruction and to make the means for separation, sin and death become again the holy gift of God. 8 Prayer is His Own right Hand, made free to save as true forgiveness is allowed to come from His eternal vigilance and Love. 9 Listen and learn, and do not judge. 10 It is to God you turn to hear what you should do. 11 His answer will be clear as morning, nor is His forgiveness what you think it is.

S-2.III.7.               Still does He know, and that should be enough. 2 Forgiveness has a Teacher Who will fail in nothing. 3 Rest a while in this; do not attempt to judge forgiveness, nor to set it in an earthly frame. 4 Let it arise to Christ, Who welcomes it as gift to Him. 5 He will not leave you comfortless, nor fail to send His angels down to answer you in His Own Name. 6 He stands beside the door to which forgiveness is the only key. 7 Give it to Him to use instead of you, and you will see the door swing silently open upon the shining face of Christ. 8 Behold your brother there beyond the door; the Son of God as He created him.

 

The Song of Prayer – 2. Forgiveness, Intro & I. Forgiveness of Yourself


When it all comes down to it, forgiveness is what brings us quickly to a place of peace within our being. As Jesus tells us in this section, forgiveness offers wings to prayer. So now we are rising above that which we thought we were praying for and realize we have all in the One Who is All. Together forgiveness and prayer are sisters, leading us to the light by each moment we practice. The end of illusion is near and we are working steadfastly towards it each time we practice.

I see this within myself, I have mentioned to my classes and students that I am happier and more peaceful now than ever. With my current health diagnosis and other unexpected situations popping up like a jack-in-the-box in front of me, I find I can remain at peace in the midst of it all. I know within my goal is solely for peace. My prayer is one of forgiveness so that I may see truly through the fog of illusion to the light within. I don’t want to focus on what is going on outside of me (and even that me is a personality) but to simply observe everything from the place of Love. That is what our Teacher the Holy Spirit practices with us. Whether it is a symptom, or an upset or a situation, He holds the truth until we are comfortable in accepting it for ourselves. I can get through anything that appears in my path with Him by my side. I say this because I have practiced it. Too often in the past I let the knee-jerk reactions run my life, but for now I can truly step back and let Him lead the way through the power of prayer and forgiveness.

Forgiveness of Yourself – When we look at forgiveness and when I have in classes with students, it always seems easier to forgive others than our own failings. Yet the gift is there for us. Yes, we have made of forgiveness not what it was intended and that has blocked us from the Light. We can still think of forgiveness in the “old” way. We have to now think of forgiveness according to the way Jesus sets forth for us. The path is actually easier than we believe. We make it hard because of our belief that it must be hard. It can’t be as easy and as simple as we are being told. But, it is.

Forgiveness is a kindness. It is an act of love. Why must we constantly forget to offer love to ourselves instead of berating ourselves for every item we missed or everything that has gone off track in our lives? We are offered another way. Let’s take it. God gave us the means to return to Him, why have we chosen everything but?

We need nothing special to accept and practice forgiveness of ourselves. We do it and reap the benefits. I know in my life of all the trials and tribulations, the failed marriages and relationships and friendships, the missteps, and the mistaken thoughts, I have committed myself to hell many times. Yet, God hasn’t condemned me. The more I have pulled myself out from under that heavy weight of guilt, the lighter I become. Dragging that huge boulder of guilt around with me doesn’t serve me or anyone else here in the world. Here in the world I need to see myself as God sees me.

This world is not only an illusion but a deception. We have been deceived in what to believe here. Yes, we still walk this world but with forgiveness and love as our guides, we can walk the world differently. Still be in these bodies, still interacting with others but all with the Word of God on our lips and His Light guiding our minds. We know the truth within and now we share that with others by our own demonstration. No one needs to walk this world with the boulder of guilt. Help yourself to cut the chain to it, allow the Holy Spirit do so and by that you will help everyone around you. No more will you teach guilt, but love.

I am grateful myself for the transition I have had in my years with Jesus and his Course. To witness now what I do, to be as I am now, to experience what I do brings me great joy. I still have worldly issues occur, but I know they are not what God created. What God created was love and I follow that Love because I know this Love will see me through time and again. If you are not sure what to do, do what I have done and that is to ask the Holy Spirit’s help in all things. He is there for a reason. He is there to bless you and support your holy mind. Believe that you are holy because you are.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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  1. FORGIVENESS

Introduction

S-2.in.1.                Forgiveness offers wings to prayer, to make its rising easy and its progress swift. 2 Without its strong support it would be vain to try to rise above prayer’s bottom step, or even to attempt to climb at all. 3 Forgiveness is prayer’s ally; sister in the plan for your salvation. 4 Both must come to hold you up and keep your feet secure; your purpose steadfast and unchangeable. 5 Behold the greatest help that God ordained to be with you until you reach to Him. 6 Illusion’s end will come with this. 7 Unlike the timeless nature of its sister, prayer, forgiveness has an end. 8 For it becomes unneeded when the rising up is done. 9 Yet now it has a purpose beyond which you cannot go, nor have you need to go. 10 Accomplish this and you have been redeemed. 11 Accomplish this and you have been transformed. 12 Accomplish this and you will save the world.

 

  1. Forgiveness of Yourself

S-2.I.1.  No gift of Heaven has been more misunderstood than has forgiveness. 2 It has, in fact, become a scourge; a curse where it was meant to bless, a cruel mockery of grace, a parody upon the holy peace of God. 3 Yet those who have not yet chosen to begin the steps of prayer cannot but use it thus. 4 Forgiveness’ kindness is obscure at first, because salvation is not understood, [nor truly sought for]. 5 What was meant to heal is used to hurt because forgiveness is not wanted. 6 Guilt becomes salvation, and the remedy appears to be a terrible alternative to life.

S-2.I.2.  Forgiveness-to-destroy will therefore suit the purpose of the world far better than its true objective, and the honest means by which this goal is reached. 2 Forgiveness-to-destroy will overlook no sin, no crime, no guilt that it can seek and find and “love.” 3 Dear to its heart is error, and mistakes loom large and grow and swell within its sight. 4 It carefully picks out all evil things, and overlooks the loving as a plague; a hateful thing of danger and of death. 5 Forgiveness-to-destroy [is] death, and this it sees in all it looks upon and hates. 6 God’s mercy has become a twisted knife that would destroy the holy Son He loves.

S-2.I.3.  Would you forgive yourself for doing this? 2 Then learn that God has given you the means by which you can return to Him in peace. 3 [Do not see error]. 4 Do not make it real. 5 Select the loving and forgive the sin by choosing in its place the face of Christ. 6 How otherwise can prayer return to God? 7 He loves His Son. 8 Can you remember Him and hate what He created? 9 You will hate his Father if you hate the Son He loves. 10 For as you see the Son you see yourself, and as you see yourself is God to you.

S-2.I.4.  As prayer is always for yourself, so is forgiveness always given you. 2 It is impossible to forgive another, for it is only your sins you see in him. 3 You want to see them there, and not in you. 4 That is why forgiveness of another is an illusion. 5 Yet it is the only happy dream in all the world; the only one that does not lead to death. 6 Only in someone else can you forgive yourself, for you have called him guilty of your sins, and in him must your innocence now be found. 7 Who but the sinful need to be forgiven? 8 And do not ever think you can see sin in anyone except yourself.

S-2.I.5.  This is the great deception of the world, and you the great deceiver of yourself. 2 It always seems to be another who is evil, and in his sin you are the injured one. 3 How could freedom be possible if this were so? 4 You would be slave to everyone, for what he does entails your fate, your feelings, your despair or hope, your misery or joy. 5 You have no freedom unless he gives it to you. 6 And being evil, he can only give of what he is. 7 You cannot see his sins and not your own. 8 But you can free him and yourself as well.

S-2.I.6.  Forgiveness, truly given, is the way in which your only hope of freedom lies. 2 Others will make mistakes and so will you, as long as this illusion of a world appears to be your home. 3 Yet God Himself has given all His Sons a remedy for all illusions that they think they see. 4 Christ’s vision does not use your eyes, but you can look through His and learn to see like Him. 5 Mistakes are tiny shadows, quickly gone, that for an instant only seem to hide the face of Christ, which still remains unchanged behind them all. 6 His constancy remains in tranquil silence and in perfect peace. 7 He does not know of shadows. 8 His the eyes that look past error to the Christ in you.

S-2.I.7.  Ask, then, His help, and ask Him how to learn forgiveness as His vision lets it be. 2 You are in need of what He gives, and your salvation rests on learning this of Him. 3 Prayer cannot be released to Heaven while forgiveness-to-destroy remains with you. 4 God’s mercy would remove this withering and poisoned thinking from your holy mind. 5 Christ has forgiven you, and in His sight the world becomes as holy as Himself. 6 Who sees no evil in it sees like Him. 7 For what He has forgiven has not sinned, and guilt can be no more. 8 Salvation’s plan is made complete, and sanity has come.

S-2.I.8.  Forgiveness is the call to sanity, for who but the insane would look on sin when he could see the face of Christ instead? 2 This is the choice you make; the simplest one, and yet the only one that you [can] make. 3 God calls on you to save His Son from death by offering Christ’s Love to him. 4 This is your need, and God holds out this gift to you. 5 As He would give, so must you give as well. 6 And thus is prayer restored to formlessness, beyond all limits into timelessness, with nothing of the past to hold it back from reuniting with the ceaseless song that all creation sings unto its God.

S-2.I.9.  But to achieve this end you first must learn, before you reach where learning cannot go. 2 Forgiveness is the key, but who can use a key when he has lost the door for which the key was made, and where alone it fits? 3 Therefore we make distinctions, so that prayer can be released from darkness into light. 4 Forgiveness’ role must be reversed, and cleansed from evil usages and hateful goals. 5 Forgiveness-to-destroy must be unveiled in all its treachery, and then let go forever and forever. 6 There can be no trace of it remaining, if the plan that God established for returning be achieved at last, and learning be complete.

S-2.I.10.                This is the world of opposites. 2 And you must choose between them every instant while this world retains reality for you. 3 Yet you must learn alternatives for choice, or you will not be able to attain your freedom. 4 Let it then be clear to you exactly what forgiveness means to you, and learn what it should be to set you free. 5 The level of your prayer depends on this, for here it waits its freedom to ascend above the world of chaos into peace.

The Ladder Ends


And here the ladder ends. I know by reading through this first section on Prayer again, it has refined and reconfirmed my own thoughts on prayer. As we see in this first paragraph – prayer is a way to true humility. When I thought about that idea, a way to true humility, it came to my mind that when I am praying as an entreaty or begging God, I am being arrogant. I am arrogant because I have forgotten Who I am and Who created me. Although we have the reassurance that Holy Spirit will always meet us where we are and assist us up the ladder until we recognize that gratitude is all we need.

In my belief in separation from God, I was arrogant for I did not know Him and I thought I was all alone in the world and had to make do. Yet with this  new-found strength in Jesus’ way to pray, I am relieved, that’s the first word that comes to mind as I write this. I am relieved. Relieved that I am not alone, that I struggle for nothing and no thing, even no one. It raises me up into love, abundance, peace, and all those that I sought when I hid the intention in the world. It was never about anything in the world, it was for me what was behind it. Be it a relationship, money, love and appreciation, I know it will never be found in the world or received from the world. I have all the love and appreciation and peace and happiness inside of me. I have health. I have companions. I have God.

And Jesus tells us that we only go together to God. We go in truth. We go hand in hand. We go as One. That is the true recognition when I can see beyond all the bodies, all the personalities, all the flaws and only see Christ. As he instructs us:  I cannot go without you, for you are a part of me.

As I recognize the Christ in others and see it in myself. So many times repeated, yet each time it is I become fastened in that truth. I am One. I am.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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V. The Ladder Ends
S-1.V.1. Prayer is a way to true humility. 2 And here again it rises slowly up, and grows in strength and love and holiness. 3 Let it but leave the ground where it begins to rise to God, and true humility will come at last to grace the mind that thought it was alone and stood against the world. 4 Humility brings peace because it does not claim that you must rule the universe, nor judge all things as you would have them be. 5 All little gods it gladly lays aside, not in resentment, but in honesty and recognition that they do not serve.
S-1.V.2. Illusions and humility have goals so far apart they cannot coexist, nor share a dwelling place where they can meet. 2 Where one has come the other disappears. 3 The truly humble have no goal but God because they need no idols, and defense no longer serves a purpose. 4 Enemies are useless now, because humility does not oppose. 5 It does not hide in shame because it is content with what it is, knowing creation is the Will of God. 6 Its selflessness is Self, and this it sees in every meeting, where it gladly joins with every Son of God, whose purity it recognizes that it shares with him.
S-1.V.3. Now prayer is lifted from the world of things, of bodies, and of gods of every kind, and you can rest in holiness at last. 2 Humility has come to teach you how to understand your glory as God’s Son, and recognize the arrogance of sin. 3 A dream has veiled the face of Christ from you. 4 Now can you look upon His sinlessness. 5 High has the ladder risen. 6 You have come almost to Heaven. 7 There is little more to learn before the journey is complete. 8 Now can you say to everyone who comes to join in prayer with you:

9 I cannot go without you, for you are a part of me.

10 And so he is in truth. 11 Now can you pray only for what you truly share with him. 12 For you have understood he never left, and you, who seemed alone, are one with him.
S-1.V.4. The ladder ends with this, for learning is no longer needed. 2 Now you stand before the gate of Heaven, and your brother stands beside you there. 3 The lawns are deep and still, for here the place appointed for the time when you should come has waited long for you. 4 Here will time end forever. 5 At this gate eternity itself will join with you. 6 Prayer has become what it was meant to be, for you have recognized the Christ in you.

Lesson 223 – God is my life. I have no life but His.

Lesson 223

God is my life. I have no life but His.

 

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Lesson 269

My sight goes forth to look upon Christ’s face.

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