“Forgiveness is the only thing that stands for truth in the delusions of the world. . . .It does not heed the self-accusing shrieks of sinners mad with guilt. It looks on them with quiet eyes, and merely says to them, ‘My brother, what you think is not the truth.'” (WB249).
1 – Guilt
Guilt is a great bugaboo in our world: “the self-accusing shrieks of sinners mad with guilt.” Guilt makes hell for ourselves. It is only through our forgiveness of others as well as ourselves that we emerge from this self-made hell.
2 – Personal Experience
Sometimes others in our circle try to make us feel guilty. In my family, this happened to my mother from another relative. I thought that it was my mother’s hang-up, until this relative did the same thing to me! Then I realized how prone I too was to guilt that others attempt to inflict upon ourselves. I do not still have the answer, but I do believe that if you do the best you can and remain kind to another in need (for this dynamic always comes with need), then we are less prone to feel guilty about our exchanges with others.
3 – Really Nothing to Forgive
Eventually we see that not even forgiveness is needed, because there is nothing to forgive in illusions. We have not actually been harmed in any real way, because the real way is only the way of love. Notice that “quiet eyes” are needed to perceive the truth. Forgiveness looks with quiet eyes.
4 – Stay Calm
We must stay calm in this world. As I have mentioned before in this blog, I do not get angry unless I am stressed. The same might be said for feeling guilt. A serene attitude, being right with God, holds many answers for us.
5 – Beautiful Words in ACIM
This passage is filled with vivid images. Vivid images are a hallmark of the Course. The words are terrifying, but strangely beautiful, and we do well to heed them.
I would not act badly today, and thus invite guilt. I would forgive, in myself and others, any previous “bad” behavior, and by this I mean verbally attacking behavior. Thank You for reminding us that we need to forgive, and that this is our way–forgiveness of our brothers and sisters in this world.
Help me to stay calm on this day. When I am not stressed, You know that I behave better. May all of us who have moments of pique turn those moments over to our Guide to resolve for us–immediately.