‘All things are lessons God would have me learn.’
God does not see contradictions. Yet his son believes he sees them. Thus he has a need for One who can correct his erring sight and give him vision that will lead him back to where perception ceases.
These are the lessons God would have you learn. His will reflects them all, and they reflect His loving kindness to the Son he loves. Each lesson has a central thought; the same is all of them. The form alone is changed, with different circumstances and events; with different characters and different themes, apparently but not real. They are the same in fundamental content. It is this:
Forgive, and you will see this differently.
These are words which give you power over all events that seem to have been given power over you. This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer:
I will forgive, and this will disappear.
To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering, repeat these self-same words. And then you will hold the key that opens Heaven’s gate, and bring the Love of God the Father down to earth at last, to raise it up to heaven. Do not deny the little steps He asks you take to Him.
I can’t believe how many times I need to hear the message of forgiveness for it to sink in. There are people I really need to forgive and have been holding on to their guilt and in the process punishing myself. I mean, what else can I say? Apart from the words above of course.
I went to ACIM support group tonight and saw so much more in the lesson than doing it on my own. It was particularly reassuring to hear that other people had been experiencing issues to do with forgiveness this week. We ended with a meditation called ‘rise above and see the love’ which takes you above the situation that you are finding it hard to forgive and see it from a higher place. When I looked at it from that vantage point the whole issue seemed so petty, and I could really see how I’d been projecting my own fear, in the form of guilt and rejection onto the other person. How by making them wrong I was also making myself wrong, and then punishing myself for it.
Tonight made me see that it’s not just the other person I have to forgive, but also myself. No, I don’t always get it right, and there’s no point beating myself up about it. I need to love myself more, and send some love out to the other person.
Another great thing about the group is the cake at the end, home made frosted apple cake. Hmmmm!