Many of us who are attracted to A Course in Miracles are also attracted to reflection and meditation, but these contemplative practices are not the most important means by which the psychology of the Course takes root. This psychology takes root in all the relationships now seen as our brothers and sisters, with whom we engage in real, God-inspired, interaction. Certainly the workbook of the Course stresses contemplation, but it does so more toward its ending than its beginning. This therefore is only at the final stages of having come to understand the psychology itself. Only then are we seen as ready for meditation and reflection, after all. Our quiet times are prepared by God to bring us close to Him as well as closer to the brothers and sisters surrounding us in real relationships.
The Course cautions us to forgive our brothers, recognizing that their misdeeds had no real effects, being done in illusion. A second reason for forgiveness is the fact that they were insane when they so acted. So our forgiveness is grounded in a premise that, while it may sound farfetched upon first hearing it, is actually internally consistent throughout the Course. These ideas allow us to forgive in truth, even as we recognize that there is truly nothing to forgive, because the real Self has not been affected by evil or “sin” at all. Recognizing that there is really nothing to forgive is the last step, and there is not one of us who has not had this experience with a loved one at some point in time. It is only for us to extend these tiny points in time to encompass the whole.
–from Out of the Maze, an e-book by the author of this blog.