We find a peaceful joy in forgiveness. As we absolve our brother of “sin,” we are ourselves absolved. The gift we long to give to our brother has at long last been given to us. We idolized our brother, and thereby made of him a god, but in doing so we dreamed that we were special. When we see our brother aright, an idol no longer but a true equal brother worthy of love, our sense of guilt dissolves and we are placed in our proper relationship to God and to each other. Such is the miracle that the A Course in Miracles promises.
The Course can be said to be based in part upon the biblical injunction, “You are your brother’s keeper,” because it is through our relationship one to another that we find salvation. It is declared that failing our function of fully forgiving our brother will haunt us until this function is fulfilled, and he and we are risen from the past. Just as our brother condemned not himself alone, so do we not save ourselves alone. We are here on this plane, indeed, for one purpose only–the healing of our brother. That is why, in trying to discover meaning in the world, the interactions of person to person are everything. Until we see our purpose as healing, we will follow the various elusive goals of the world, be they artistic or merely achievement that we might be “successes,” and we will know the ways of the world only. Pain and turmoil will dog our paths, and we will learn by cause-and-effect, not Jesus’ way, which is actually by grace.
And, yet, the lamentations of the earth are all so unnecessary. Jesus in fact proclaims succinctly that we do not have to learn through pain. (T-21.I.3:1) Such welcome news, but, oh, so unbelievable in the beginning! We are enjoined to see our brother as sinless, a person who has committed no unpardonable “sins,” but only an individual making mistakes due to his madness. Once this evaluation is firmly adopted, the whole earth will appear different, bright and sparkling in the sunlight. We are warned, though, “not one sin you see in him but keeps you both in hell.” (T-24.VI.5:4) One must see holiness in a brother in spite of his mistakes. His mistakes can cause delay, but in a miraculous sense, it is given us to overcome his mistakes for him, and at the same time for ourselves as well, for he is the mirror of ourselves.