Forgiveness is acquired. It is not inherent in the mind, which cannot sin. As sin is an idea you taught yourself, forgiveness must be learned by you as well, but from a Teacher other than yourself, Who represents the other Self in you. Through Him you learn how to forgive the self you think you made, and let it disappear. Thus you return your mind as one to Him Who is your Self, and Who can never sin. (W121.6)
Learning to forgive the self you think you made is a process. How far along are you in the process? When the Course says, “I am not a body. I am free.” it does not mean only that you are not the physical body. It also means that you are not the character self. I am not (your name) I am free. Not only are you not (your name) but the belief that you are (your name) is keeping you imprisoned or not free. Your belief that you are (your name) is an active attack on the truth of what you are. That is why the Holy Spirit wants to let it disappear. How disappeared is (your name)?
Examining the character you have made and its thought system and beliefs can be a support in getting that the character is not real and that you are not the character.
Use this Enlightenment Plan in conjunction with our second module – The Two Selves.
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