July 21, 2007

Forgiveness - A Simple Practice of Freedom

In the daily lessons of the Workbook of A Course In Miracles we are about to review the lessons 181 through 200 which are incredibly powerful and important lessons. They end with lesson 199, "I am not a body. I am free." and lesson 200, "There is no peace except the peace of God."

Here I want to give you the introduction to the next 20 lessons which will review each day one of the last segment of lessons. It is an astonishing text, demonstrating very plainly and compelling what it is you do as a student and teacher of A Course In Miracles. It is always the idea of forgiveness as an action of mind. When you hold on to your own thoughts, observe, analyze or judge, you are not participating in the extension of God's love, in fact you block the outpouring of God's love through you, and are therefore not aware of it. It is very simple. You either give, or hold onto. You either love, or judge. You either try to understand, or you simply know and are yourself in God's love.

Since you order your own thoughts, give them meaning based on what you think you are, and project them onto other images of your reflected light imagery, you do not live in this present moment which is all there is. This very instant, yes, this very instant is the only time there is. There is no other time. Yet in your wandering away in thought you loose the awareness of NOW, and get even more messed up in the defense of yourself. So, in order not to do this, you need a miracle. You need to see that you truly have a choice, and can choose for God's Will. You are offered a real alternative, by Jesus Christ teaching you how to forgive. Use His Course In Miracles to reach your goal. Learn how to pray and ask for help without hesitation and delay, through out and through in all day long. Thank you.

Join in on forgiveness under the direction of a Mind from out of time. Learn to be happy and free this very instant. Don't wait any longer. Meet teachers of A Course In Miracles, demonstrating that this really works. See some really happy people...

Now, here is the intro to the review. I highlighted some passages for special consideration. Thank you for Jesus for letting me listen to the truth in such simple and plain terms. The keys to the Kingdom are truly in my hands.

For this review we take but one idea each day, and practice it as often as is possible. Besides the time you give morning and evening, which should not be less than fifteen minutes, and the hourly remembrances you make throughout the day, use the idea as often as you can between them. Each of these ideas alone would be sufficient for salvation, if it were learned truly. Each would be enough to give release to you and to the world from every form of bondage, and invite the memory of God to come again.

With this in mind we start our practicing, in which we carefully review the thoughts the Holy Spirit has bestowed on us in our last twenty lessons. Each contains the whole curriculum if understood, practiced, accepted, and applied to all the seeming happenings throughout the day. One is enough. But from that one, there must be no exceptions made. And so we need to use them all and let them blend as one, as each contributes to the whole we learn.

These practice sessions, like our last review, are centered round a central theme with which we start and end each lesson. It is this:

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

The day begins and ends with this. And we repeat it every time the hour strikes, or we remember, in between, we have a function that transcends the world we see. Beyond this, and a repetition of the special thought we practice for the day, no form of exercise is urged, except a deep relinquishment of everything that clutters up the mind, and makes it deaf to reason, sanity and simple truth.
We will attempt to get beyond all words and special forms of practicing for this review. For we attempt, this time, to reach a quickened pace along a shorter path to the serenity and peace of God. We merely close our eyes, and then forget all that we thought we knew and understood. For thus is freedom given us from all we did not know and failed to understand.
There is but one exception to this lack of structuring. Permit no idle thought to go unchallenged. If you notice one, deny its hold and hasten to assure your mind that this is not what it would have. Then gently let the thought which you denied be given up, in sure and quick exchange for the idea we practice for the day.

When you are tempted, hasten to proclaim your freedom from temptation, as you say:

This thought I do not want. I choose instead ----

And then repeat the idea for the day, and let it take the place of what you thought. Beyond such special applications of each day's idea, we will add but a few formal expressions or specific thoughts to aid in practicing. Instead, we give these times of quiet to the Teacher Who instructs in quiet, speaks of peace, and gives our thoughts whatever meaning they may have.

To Him I offer this review for you. I place you in His charge, and let Him teach you what to do and say and think, each time you turn to Him. He will not fail to be available to you, each time you call to Him to help you. Let us offer Him the whole review we now begin, and let us also not forget to Whom it has been given, as we practice day by day, advancing toward the goal He set for us; allowing Him to teach us how to go, and trusting Him completely for the way each practice period can best become a loving gift of freedom to the world.

Thank you, Jesus, we could not have done it without you, believing in us, and holding our hearts in your soft embrace...


Lifecode Sotre said...

Forgiveness is a bless.. My opinion that it has to be sincerely and honesty.. you doing without expecting anything in return... then, the true effect will take place..

Alban, Teacher of God said...

Thank you, Tuan. That is exactly so. It is truly a letting go of my own ideas and expectations about anything and anyone. In that view forgiveness is itself the act of blessing someone.

Yet how do I let go? So often it seems I do not know. In my experience I need absolutely a miracle. I cannot do it myself. Yet, I can be willing to forgive, I can be determined to forgive, and ask for help.