“As you look upon yourself and judge what you do honestly, you may be tempted to wonder how you can be guiltless. Yet consider this: You are not guiltless in time, but in eternity. You have ‘sinned’ in the past, but there is no past. Always has no direction.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-13.I.3)
This is Jesus’s explanation of how everything happening is outside time, is always in the “now.” In time, we see sequences of things going on, past to present to future. But everything is actually simultaneous, for time is part of the illusion in which we find ourselves.
We have “sinned,” which is put in quotation marks, because a tenet of A Course in Miracles is actually that there is no sin, that we have simply made mistakes, correctable mistakes. The idea of sin is represented as having an attracting quality, something irresistible that we want to keep repeating. Mistakes don’t feel the same to us; we want to make amends, to correct what we have done wrong, to seek forgiveness if necessary.
Time proceeds from past to present to future, but when we concentrate on the moment we are in right now, we are truly living. And this “now” moment is often seen as a precursor to Awakening. When we learn to live more and more of our moments without reference to time, we are coming closer to the ideal to which Jesus is leading us: Awakening.
We have done things wrong in the past; we have made mistakes. And we will want to seek forgiveness, from ourselves as well as others, for those mistakes. We do not have to beg forgiveness of God, according to A Course in Miracles, for God has never condemned us; He has simply seen us as his innocent children. But the primary thrust of ACIM is the matter of forgiveness, and we would do well to consider the primacy of forgiveness early on in our journey without distance.
Make amends. Seek to right wrongs. And then know that the forgiveness that you seek for yourself, you must also offer to others. This is the way of A Course in Miracles. This is our way home. We must learn to see the innocence of our brothers as they confront us. Everyone is truly doing the best that he can, given his degree of understanding. And we are all mad in this world to one extent or another. We should not, therefore, underestimate the extent of our brother’s insanity.