We are not really here. We are asleep and dreaming we are here. To the extent to which we are aware of this fact is the extent to which forgiveness has been perfected in us. We are here until the process of perfection has been completed. What does perfected forgiveness look like?
The following is a list of the abilities we need to develop to get home to God, to awaken. These abilities include; seeing the false without accepting it as true, the awareness of dreaming, not making the illusion real and having no preference of outcome in it. Collectively these abilities define perfected forgiveness.
Jesus reached a state of perfected forgiveness.
“Not yet is Heaven quite remembered (when you are in the real world after having retired from the fake one), for the purpose of forgiveness still remains. Yet everyone is certain he will go beyond forgiveness, and he but remains until it is made perfect in himself. He has no wish for anything but this. And fear has dropped away, because he is united in his purpose with himself. There is a hope of happiness in him so sure and constant he can barely stay and wait a little longer, with his feet still touching earth. Yet is he glad to wait till every hand is joined, and every heart made ready to arise and go with him. For thus is he made ready for the step in which is all forgiveness left behind.” (T-30.V.3:1-7)
Jesus saw the false without accepting it as true which is forgiveness.
“Yet who can save unless he sees illusions and then identifies them as what they are? Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions.” (C-5.2:4-6)
This perfected state can also be called the awareness of dreaming.
“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)
This state of perfected forgiveness can also be thought of as not making the illusion real by not participating in it as if it were real having learned of its unreality.
“The Holy Spirit teaches you to use what the ego has made, to teach the opposite of what the ego has “learned.” (T-7.IV.3:3)
“If the body becomes a means you give to the Holy Spirit to use on behalf of union of the Sonship, you will not see anything physical except as what it is.” (T-8.VII.4:5)
“No one can look upon the fear of God unterrified, unless he has accepted the Atonement and learned illusions are not real.” (T-19.IV-D.9:1)
“The first illusion, which must be displaced before another thought system can take hold, is that it is a sacrifice to give up the things of this world. What could this be but an illusion, since this world itself is nothing more than that?” (M-13.1:6-7)
“When you try to bring truth to illusions, you are trying to make illusions real, and keep them by justifying your belief in them. But to give illusions to truth is to enable truth to teach that the illusions are unreal, and thus enable you to escape from them.” (T-17.I.5:4-5)
“Then lay aside the conflicts of the world that offer other gifts and other goals made of illusions, witnessed to by them, and sought for only in a world of dreams.” (W-104.3:4)
“To fulfill the Will of God perfectly is the only joy and peace that can be fully known, because it is the only function that can be fully experienced. When this is accomplished, then, there is no other experience. Yet the wish for other experience will block its accomplishment, because God’s Will cannot be forced upon you, being an experience of total willingness. The Holy Spirit understands how to teach this, but you do not.” (T-8.III.2:1-5)
“Today we would remove all meaningless and self-made gifts which we have placed upon the holy altar where God’s gifts belong.” (W-104.2:1-2)
“Heaven remains your one alternative to this strange world you made and all its ways; its shifting patterns and uncertain goals, its painful pleasures and its tragic joys.” (W-131.7:1)
“If I so choose, I can depart this world entirely. It is not death which makes this possible, but it is change of mind about the purpose of the world. If I believe it has a value as I see it now, so will it still remain for me. But if I see no value in the world as I behold it, nothing that I want to keep as mine or search for as a goal, it will depart from me. For I have not sought for illusions to replace the truth.” (W-226.1:1-5)
The perfected state of forgiveness also includes having no preference of outcome in the illusion. There is no preference at this level of awareness because we have realized that there is no difference between eating a ham sandwich and war. They are both not real and caused to seem to be happening by mind tricks.
“All illusions are but one. And in the recognition this is so lies the ability to give up all attempts to choose between them, and to make them different.” (T-26.III.7:2-3)
“In contrast, spirit reacts in the same way to everything it knows is true, and does not respond at all to anything else.” (T-4.VII.3:1)
“Above all, it (the body) tries to teach itself its pains and joys are different and can be told apart.” (T-27.VIII.1:8)
“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.” (M-12.6:7-10)