ACIM on Forgiveness
Genuine self-healing, or true forgiveness is so hard because we have to go beneath our grievances and anger to really feel our deepest fear and hurt so that we can then release them into the light. True forgiveness really has nothing to do with forgiving others and everything to do with undoing our own mistakes. For example, we mistakenly believe that our own loving parents have caused us a lot of pain and so now we have to start by forgiving them by facing and then releasing all of our stored childhood pain and emotional traumas until only love remains.
Whenever you hate someone, you are inevitably blocking love and light from pouring through your whole system, but whenever you forgive someone, you create a beautiful space deep within you for love and light to fill.
If there is someone in your life with whom you are having some difficulties, or even someone, or a group of people, whom you perceive to be your ‘enemy’, blessing them at the end of your meditations can become a truly healing practice, and an integral part of the forgiveness process that involves releasing all of our stored grievances, anger and hatred.
True forgiveness is a painful process of undoing which involves removing from our minds and hearts everything that is untrue and replacing all of our long-held grievances and ancient hatreds with divine love, mercy and compassion.
Studying and practising ACIM – which focuses a lot on forgiveness – is a process of divine atonement, or undoing of all our mistakes, until our real wholeness is restored back to us and our loving soul is totally free from all painful egoic illusions.
You cannot forgive anyone for inflicting pain on you, without first letting go of that pain from your whole system So what the world calls ‘forgiveness’ is not really true forgiveness, because most human beings try to forgive ‘their enemies’ without first letting go of all the pain and hurt that they believe their enemies have inflicted upon them – and this is impossible to do.
Love & Light!
Jason Chan & Peggy – Jane Rogers