What could you want forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always? Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?
All this forgiveness offers you, and more.
Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Today I have accepted this as true.
Today I have received the gifts of God.
In A Course in Miracles, achieving what is positive (forgiveness, gratitude, oneness, love) is accomplished through undoing what is negative. This lesson (and the 5 that follow) show us what is positive by showing us what needs undoing. In this lesson, we are asked to look at our investments in everything we think we want that will bring us happiness and peace. These are the false goals of specialness that we need to undo.
We think we want peace, happiness, a quiet mind, but what we really want is to fulfill our special, worldly desires. For a while we may think our special desires bring us peace and happiness, but it always eventually fails. That’s when we finally realize there must be another way. Forgiveness is the other way. Forgiveness does nothing positive, it simply removes the negative. It helps us say “no” to the ego.
From the Lesson:
Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world. It lets you recognize the Son of God, and clears your memory of all dead thoughts so that remembrance of your Father can arise across the threshold of your mind.
Dead thoughts are those of the ego: coveting individuality and special desires; thoughts of sin, guilt, and fear; embracing projection… The purpose of these lessons is not to experience holy moments, it is to bring their truth to our daily experiences, and see “the changeless in the heart of change.” Everything here changes. What pleases us one day will not please us another. What is changeless is the Love of God.
Every moment provides an opportunity for forgiveness. Practice, practice, practice.