forgive me, forgive you
If you find yourself upset at anything I say, remember it’s all for forgiveness.
In fact, I notice an almost deliberate tendency in me, to lace everything I say with things to forgive. Or rather, things which, if forgiven, will speed you on your way.
There’s sort of like mmmmm an order. I found that when I let the Holy Spirit direct me as to which things to forgive first, the journey was much easier.
I think a lot of us have this idea that we have to deal with the hard problems first. But I learned early on that if you can find one easy thing to deal with, it frees up space and makes you stronger, which means that when you finally get to the bigger things, they aren’t big anymore, and they are easy too.
This applies to tasks, as well as forgiveness lessons.
You don’t have to forgive everything all at once. You can just say to yourself “I will forgive that eventually”. In fact, making a list of everything you haven’t forgiven is a great way of making a commitment to yourself to forgive everything, without actually doing any work. I’m not a fan of work. I like to cheat wherever possible. It’s faster.
ACIM is many things. Among them is “an artistic presentation of a bunch of things that, if forgiven, will set us free the fastest.”†
And to an extent, so is everything I say. If you can forgive me, then you’re a step closer to forgiving yourself, and everything else.
† Actually this is a good tangent. There is a lot to be gained by forgiving everything about ACIM. And forgiving Jesus. How can you hear a teacher you haven’t forgiven? Any unforgiveness of J and his Course will interfere with the transfer of learning.
Anyone who experiences ACIM as difficult, hasn’t (completely) forgiven it.
^ see, that’s a great example of a phrase that for some of you will feel like a knife in the chest. Remember what the knife is for: it’s for forgiveness! It has no other purpose.
You know when Gary says at the beginning of DU:
Even though there are statements made by the masters in these pages that may appear to be harsh or critical in their printed form, I can witness that their attitude should always be taken to include gentleness, humor, humility, and love. As an analogy, a good parent sometimes knows it is necessary for children to be firmly corrected in a manner they can understand, but the motivation behind the correction is positive in nature. So if these discussions appear to get a little rough, it should be remembered that for my benefit, Arten and Pursah are deliberately speaking to me in a way I can grasp, with the purpose of gradually bringing me along toward the goal of their teaching. I was told by Pursah that their style was designed to get me to pay attention. Perhaps that says it all.