Forgiveness or “not making it real” is learned. Just as we taught ourselves to make the unreal seem real, the Holy Spirit will teach us how to undo that, how to realize that what we made is not real. This undoing process is challenging because our miscreations were made by our believing in them. We are very invested in them and the purpose that they serve, to witness to the separation and our autonomy as real.
At times, in the process of looking at our miscreations with the Holy Spirit, it can feel like we are literally trying to undo our very self. If we are heavily invested in our belief as self, this can induce incredible fear. That is why this process is better left to the Professional whose job it is. He knows the plan and has the perfect timing for all lessons. Do nothing of your self, but let the Holy Spirit guide you in all things. This does not mean that there will be no discomfort. It just means that the fear will not overwhelm or paralyze us as we walk through the fear to the other side.
“Yet God can bring you there, if you are willing to follow the Holy Spirit through seeming terror, trusting Him not to abandon you and leave you there. For it is not His purpose to frighten you, but only yours. You are severely tempted to abandon Him at the outside ring of fear, but He would lead you safely through and far beyond.” (T-18.IX.3:7-9)
As we are taught higher and higher levels of forgiveness, or more advanced ways of looking at things that help us embrace their unrealness, the mind will resist the next level of thinking out of fear. As we progress up the ladder of forgiveness or sense, understanding and reason, we will be challenged to accept miracles or corrections to our previous way of looking at something. These miracles can come into our awareness through many means. We then can accept them or put them aside to be used later as we rest awhile before moving on.
I like to think of miracles as next right thoughts. Next right thoughts are always available to us. So are grievances. Grievances, or the one problem, are thoughts of lack. If only this or that. The original grievance was a lack of specialness. “If only we did not have a lack of specialness,” we told ourselves. The solution to a grievance, which the ego is constantly tempting us with, is always a miracle or a next right thought as we travel up the ladder of forgiveness. The final next right thought is that we are safe at home in the Arms of God. We never left.
All grievances hide the miracle, the next right thought. Dismiss the grievance and ask the Holy Spirit for the miracle behind it. We must apply the appropriate miracle for the grievance on the rung of the ladder of forgiveness we presently find ourselves on.
Let us practice this with an example. “The world is not real” is a next right thought, but it may not be the one we need right now. Maybe the way we need to look at the world, to move up the ladder of forgiveness in this moment is, “The world that we see is a deception of the great deceiver. All history books should be called, “Tales of Deception,” written by the great deceiver. There are no new stories under the sun. They are all rehashed versions of the fear based separation story.
We are duped into believing that what we are “experiencing” is some new phenomenon never before seen on the earth. We believe these are very special unique times we are living in, just like we believe that we are a special and unique self. There have always been wars and famines and plagues. That is the nature of a world made from the fabric of fear. The stories are just dressed up in different forms and resold to us by the ego in the spirit of fear. And we fall for it every time. Nothing real is happening. But we are subject to that world and its laws as long as we believe in it.
Jesus went to the cross knowing nothing real was happening. And that is our job. To place our minds at the disposal of true Authority that we might be taught of the unrealness of the things we made to hide from God. When we are convinced of their unreality by the Holy Spirit and His reason, we will let them go. But we must go through the process of looking at each belief that makes them seem real.”
“Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God’s teachers. They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful. Unity alone is not a thing of dreams. And it is this God’s teachers acknowledge as behind the dream, beyond all seeming and yet surely theirs.” (M-12.6:6-11)
As we challenge our beliefs, that have this world and our experiencing of it seem real, do not fall for the ego’s deceptions. If we are willing, the Holy Spirit can teach us a way of living in the world but not being of it. Where every action is directed by Him. Where every thought is directed by Him. Where we learn to be the nameless, faceless servants of God. Where we can learn not to be subject to laws of this world. If we are willing to accept the possibility that such a way of living exists, it will be shown to us. And this would be our prayer…
PRAYER OF REMEMBRANCE
We are at home in the arms of God. We are asleep dreaming that we are not. Our acceptance of the dream as real has us believing that it is. In reality, there is no past and no future. There is nothing happening but a projection of the one mind.
In our commitment to remembering that this is a projection, is not real, is not us, we declare this to be the only day there is. Nothing happened before this day and nothing will happen after this day.
Our job is forgiveness through mind training. Our job is not to achieve anything in the illusion. Our job is not to save ourselves from some illusory threat. The story is what the story is. Nothing. Our job is not to change the story. Our job is to use the story to identify the blocks to love’s presence so that we might offer them to the Holy Spirit for correction. It is these blocks, that we have made and accepted as real, that keep us from remembering our Self, that keep us suffering. We have done this thing and it is this we would undo.
We acknowledge that in this moment we are exactly where we need to be with exactly the right tools to do what we need to do. So Holy Spirit give us our orders for today. Tell us exactly what to do, what to say, and what to think. Tell us who, what, where and when and we will do it. We will do it and it will be used by the collective to remember who we are in truth that we might get home to God.
In our acceptance of You as guide, Holy Spirit, we disavow the ego’s voice and embrace Yours. By following Your guidance we declare the separation, the illusion, the ego and the selves we have made to be unreal. We do not accept them as real and in doing so, we are saved.
Holy Spirit, we are Your humble servants and in our surrender we embrace our Father and our total dependence on Him. We did not make ourselves nor are we martyrs to His unjust punishment. He did not abandon us nor is He laying in wait to retaliate against us. He is our beloved Father Who loves us beyond measure now and forever. Created by Him and like Him, we are the supernatural sinless Son of God eternally. Nothing has changed that, nothing could change that and nothing ever will.