Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lesson 249 Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.

Lesson 249

Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.

Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end. What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can be sustained? The world becomes a place of joy, abundance, charity and endless giving. It is now so like to Heaven that it quickly is transformed into the light that it reflects. And so the journey which the Son of God began has ended in the light from which he came.

Father, we would return our minds to You. We have betrayed them, held them in a vise of bitterness, and frightened them with thoughts of violence and death. Now would we rest again in You, as You created us.

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Lesson 249
"Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss."

Father, today I would remember You. I would remember the truth. Opening my mind to Your healing Light ends my nightmares of separation. Opening my mind to Your healing Light ends my belief in all lack, sorrow and pain. I would quiet my mind today and let my thoughts be healed of all false ideas. Today I would give my mind to You.

I open to Your comfort and peace. I rest in Your healing Light. Today is a day of healing. Today is a day of letting go of the false world of separation. Today is a day of forgiveness. Today is a happy day because forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.

When I look at my experience honestly, I see that every irritation or discomfort of any kind reflects a grievance I am holding in my mind. In some way I want my world to be different than I perceive it is. The key word here is "perceive." Perception is not reality. It is an interpretation. Interpretation can change. Herein is the basis of salvation. When I give my perceptions to the Holy Spirit, He can bring me a new interpretation that replaces illusion with the reality of Love.

If I would experience a world full of joy, abundance and endless giving, I must give up my grievances. I must forgive. I do this by bringing every grievance, every thought of judgment, every thought of conflict to the Holy Spirit. Then I must open my mind to His gentle and loving teaching, which will show me the truth behind the false images I have mistaken for the truth.

Love is ever present. If I am not aware of it, it is because I have misinterpreted what I perceive. My mind needs correction. Today I would practice once again bringing all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit for Him to shine His kind and loving Light upon them. This is the path that will lead me Home. It is the path that will lead me to full recognition of my Self as Love created me.

Oh, how I have come to depend on this process of turning over to Holy Spirit all thoughts that do not serve! What a relief it is not to carry around these destructive thoughts. What a more joyful world I now live in and how much more loving it is.

I used to feel such frustration and anger because first I didn't understand why my life was such a mess. Then I didn't know how to change my thoughts to manifest a better life. And it turned out to be so simple. Just give Holy Spirit the thoughts you don't want to reflect into your life. Ask Him for another way to think. Accept God's love and comfort. Wow! Couldn't be easier.

Sometimes I still hold stubbornly to a painful thought, or deny for awhile that I am doing this, but I know that when I've decided to step out of fear and pain, Holy Spirit is there to help me. I feel so blessed and so grateful.

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