Atonement Is the Correction of Perception

“This is not a course in philosophical speculation, nor is it concerned with precise terminology. It is concerned only with the Atonement, or the correction of perception. The means of the Atonement is forgiveness. (C-in.1)”

This quotation explains why there are differing definitions for Atonement in A Course in Miracles. Jesus is not concerned with specifics, carefully equating similar terms whenever he can.

Here Jesus’s definition for Atonement is the “correction of perception.” We know that perception is what we use in this world to find our way about. It is not knowledge, which comes from God. This perception is made by projection from within each individual.

Since the ego still rules very many of us, it is the ego that projects the perceptions that we make. And it is this perception that needs correction.

The means of correction of perception is forgiveness. In particular, we reach out to our significant others, our brother, and in the forgiveness that we extend, we find love.

What better formula could there be for a new world to be seen by corrected perception?

6 thoughts on “Atonement Is the Correction of Perception

  1. David Smith

    Beautifully put, Celia.

    We must always remember that forgiveness is not about excusing bad or inappropriate behavior in ourselves or others. True forgiveness is about releasing our attachments to these behaviors. So forgiveness can be seen as the tool provided by the Holy Spirit with which Atonement or a change in perception is achieved. “What a concept!”

    1. Celia Hales Post author

      As pointed out by Robert Perry, Jesus is one of the few who have stressed forgiveness as part of his message to us. He did it 2,000 years ago, and he does it now. “Forgiveness” as a term is very, very rarely found in the Encyclopedia of Religion, a well-received encyclopedia, except when Jesus is mentioned. (This is what Robert researched.)

      I have to realize that everyone “deserves” forgiveness, that nothing at all is undeserving of forgiveness. The bottom line on this is that the deed or word is taking place in our illusory world, and so is not taking place at all. But the forgiveness that we offer another is exactly what we merit for ourselves.

      Thank you for this newest comment.



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