So, exactly why is forgiveness so important?” you may ask. This is because this: Forgiveness is the pathway to reassurance and as soon as your mind is at peace, the entire world is just a beautiful place to be. We all want that! The type of forgiveness that we are speaing frankly about isn’t the kind that involves seeing someone as guilty and then pardoning them out of the goodness of one’s heart. This superficial form of forgiveness actually maintains guilt and will not empty the mind of the thoughts and beliefs that cause grievances and hurt. You can tell in the event that you haven’t truly forgiven because those same emotions and attack thoughts may be triggered again and come bubbling back up to the surface to play out in another form.
True forgiveness is to release the belief that someone or something beyond myself can make me feel just how that I do. The great thing about accepting responsibility for our state of mind is that we begin to appreciate that perception (the way we see things) and the emotions that we feel, result from our interpretation. That is where true power, certainty, and reassurance come in. Imagine making a company decision to no more see the entire world in terms of right and wrong, good and bad.
All hurts and grievances and problems are in the mind, which means they are being remembered and held to; experienced now as though they certainly were really going on in this moment. To have hurt “from the past” is something special decision. To actually note that I may be hurt by only my thoughts, and that it’s my decision to retain thoughts that cause me pain, may appear too easy and simple to just accept, particularly for a head that’s convinced that struggles and difficulties are part of normal life. Gods will for us is perfect happiness, and when we are prearranged with His will we experience Grace, and life is an intuitive flow of synchronicities and joy. Ideas such as for example, “You have to take the good with the bad” and “You have to have hard times to appreciate the good ones” make no sense at all and are laughable when we have been in an event of true joy!
As in A Course In Miracles, we will look at removing the obstacles to the awareness of Love’s presence. That is true forgiveness. We have often heard that love is our natural state, that most we are is love, and that we do not need to work to know who we are, acim audio but how most of us actually experience this on a steady basis? It’s insufficient to express these words, or to try to affirm the reality, and so we should be very humble, and be very honest about how exactly we are feeling in each and every moment. Are we in an event of complete joy or complete peace? Or even, then there is something to consider, there is a block to love’s awareness which can be addressed right now. It’s looking, without fear, upon these blocks, that automatically propels us into an event of Who we are. It generally is the Spirit that does this for us.
Quite often there is fear related to taking a look at specifics or taking a look at egoic (fear-based) thoughts. The reason being the ego counsels, “Don’t go on a witch hunt, this is a waste of time. Don’t analyze. You are thinking too much&rdquo ;.Instead, it counsels, “Select gratitude” and “Accentuate the positives&rdquo ;.These statements may be helpful pointers that there is something more, but in this instance they are used as defenses to avoid looking within. Your head is afraid to look within while there is a fear that something very dark and threatening will soon be found there. But it’s the willingness to look within that recognizes why these thoughts are very nothing. The willingness itself automatically releases an event of Who we really are. That is bringing our misconceptions, misperceptions and false ideas of enlightenment to a real, practical connection with residing in the moment. That is freedom. That is non-achievement. That is being quite happy with Who we are.
Taking responsibility for our emotions and the cause of our upsets is an important first faltering step in healing. This can help in bringing the ability back once again to ourselves and from the entire world and other people, eliminating the indisputable fact that we can be a victim at the mercy of the world. That is often called, “If you spot it, you got it&rdquo ;.The following essential part of healing is to identify that nothing on the planet, including myself is the culprit, for anything. The Spirit (Who I am) can not be blamed. We truly are innocent in every way. That is our experience when we know that even what was our personal judgment was impossible. The best gift you are able to give to anyone is the recognition of Who you are.
One common ego statement is, “Be quiet, there’s no requirement for words&rdquo ;.What’s underlying this sort of statement is an aversion or repulsion to words or sounds. Yes, as a stepping stone it can be beneficial to visit a quiet place to understand to meditate, however at some point it should be realized that a repulsion to words is still a misconception of what true quietness is. The reason this is important to know is that there are many instances where we are called to speak and yet a fear arises in what this may do to someone else. Underneath is the belief that someone else may be hurt. This immediately places both people aside from each other, when in fact speaking will lead to a recognition of our connectedness. When we have the courage to speak up, it indicates that, at some level, we realize that we are all in this together. This cuts via a major ego defense of people-pleasing and takes the lid off repressed feelings and emotions.
Any type of forgiveness that’s on the basis of the indisputable fact that something has really happened is just a limited form of forgiveness. True forgiveness you need to the target of all who desire to have peace and innocence. Many times the question is asked, “How do you forgive?” But really this is a wastage of energy. It’s much more appropriate to devote our time and energy to taking a look at how we spend our day judging and comparing. By taking a look at all of this misuse of mind energy (egoic beliefs) we automatically eliminate its capacity to rule our lives. What we are left with is the true Observer that witnesses the analyzer, the judger, the victim and the perpetrator. Here is the state of true non-judgment, or the procedure of true forgiveness. It’s a determination to watch these thoughts and redirect the minds energy from identification (attachment) to disidentification (detachment). In this is the realization that the thoughts don’t have any power in and of themselves. Instantly a feeling of true power arises because we are not identified with your old “tapes” of judgment (cyclical trains of thought that go around in the mind).
Once there clearly was a monk who desired peace and enlightenment. He walked up to the Master and asked “How?” The master simply grabbed the monk and held his head under water. Following the monk had struggled for one minute, the master pulled his go out and said, “When you need enlightenment (forgiveness) as much as you need that next breath of air, it will soon be there for you.” Here is the fervor and passion that we need to bring to your attention in lifestyle, so that we can experience our true inheritance; love. All obstacles will pass away into nothingness leaving only an event of beauty and peace.