“But should one brother dawn upon your sight as wholly worthy of forgiveness, then your concept of yourself is wholly changed. Your ‘evil’ thoughts have been forgiven with his, because you let them all affect you not. (T662)”
1 – True Love = Forgiveness
If we have truly loved another, we have truly forgiven. This brother is “wholly worthy of forgiveness,” and then we see that we too are wholly worthy of forgiveness. How could it work another way? Our significant others will know when we have incorporated this tenet into our lives. Life will smooth out; we will not attack when we are stressed; we will love in a more demonstrative way. And our significant others will respond to the new way that we are living, though they may not understand it, at least not yet. Let them wonder, and when they ask what has caused the change in us, then is the time to share, over time, the tenets of A Course in Miracles. Do not try to share before others are ready, or we will surely turn them off. It is up to us to ask for guidance in this matter of sharing what we have learned.
2 – Our Real Self Is Not Hurt
It is best that we let no one hurt us, because in truth our Self has not been hurt (a tenet of A Course of Love). If this emotion of healing seems too lofty a concept, then at least do not let a brother know that he has hurt us. By feeling hurt and letting it be known, one believes that it is possible for illusions to bring suffering. It is not necessary to learn through pain; this is a concept of A Course in Miracles. The fact that we do learn through pain does not negate ACIM; it only means that we have misjudged ourselves.
3 – The Real World
Our reality has not suffered, has not known pain. The real world of the Course makes this clear. The illusion would not have it so–yet the reality knows the truth.
I would accept deeply the truth that when one loves, one forgives. If we have truly loved, we have truly known that the individual is forgiven of anything and everything that might have hurt us. We need love only once to know this truth.
In the natural course of life, we love many others. Our brothers and sisters are here for our love. Thank You for letting us know that our special relationships need to turn into holy ones. May You help me to do that in every instance, with every brother and sister who has ever crossed my path. Thank You for the truth that this is indeed a very sane response, that no one has hurt me in the real world, and that my Self is still innocent of wrongdoing. It is only in time that I have “sinned,” and time does not really exist. May I come to live in Your eternity more and more.
Thank You for the peace that You have granted me today. I know that You would have me feel this peace each day. It is only the remnants of my ego that prevent me from the serenity that You wish for me, a serenity that would be permanent.