ACIM Lesson 134: Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.

Let me perceive forgiveness as it is.

This for me is quite a tricky Lesson given the amount of judgement I have about certain people and situations.

And yet – as with Ho’oponopono – the Course puts forth that forgiveness is only for myself. If there is something that I think needs forgiveness, it is only because there is something in me, my data and memories replaying, that are giving me the illusion that there is something ‘out there’ to deal with.

Not so. It’s all in me. That’s the only place I need to look.

Forgiveness is not some whimsical act that I graciously bestow upon the seemingly undeserving.

It is more a reminder that, as the Course explains, “nothing real (love) can the threatened. Nothing unreal exists.”

This therefore means that there is nothing to forgive because nothing unloving actually occurred in ultimate reality. I am fooled by the illusions. It is the illusions and data that should be forgiven, not the truth!

A tricky one to remember when the situation that threatens me is right in my face! But, as Morrnah would say, to look at the situation and expect it to change only means I am looking in the wrong place. It’s all in me. And in asking for forgiveness I can help to heal it and myself.

Ho’oponopono translates as ‘to make right’. I am therefore absolutely in the right place at the right time if, on noticing something crazy unfolding, immediately take responsibility and get straight to the cleaning:

I love you. I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you.

It’s all about correcting an error, an error of judgement. The other person is perfect. It’s the data in me that reacts to the data in him and causes a problem.

Full clean ahead!

Here is my opportunity to identify the ‘sins’ in my brother and to use them constructively to “… save the world from all ideas of sin.” On identifying his ‘wrongdoings’ I can ask myself if I would accuse myself of doing them. It should always come straight back to me.

And in requesting forgiveness for myself can I and him and the whole world ultimately be saved. I choose to focus on reality today.

“Let me perceived forgiveness as it is. I love you, I’m sorry, Forgive me, Thank you.”