A Course in Miracles tells us that our function is to forgive and forgiveness will bring us happiness.
Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world. My happiness and my function are one. W 62 & 66 title
If we read this with our ego we immediately think “my experience is that getting what I want in the world brings me happiness, so I will continue to concentrate on meeting my physical and psychological needs”. It seems to be easier to focus on what we already know. True forgiveness seems so vague and not really understandable as an individual self, so why would we bother with something seemingly so difficult?
The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it. W-64.1:2
We forget our function when we believe others and circumstances are responsible for how we feel. Our experience is that we are hurt by what others say or do, and our bodies suffer. We may at times be willing to try the ego’s form of forgiveness, and pardon others for what they did to us. As we have identified with bodies all this makes sense. Our bodies and emotions do suffer, and so the ego form of forgiveness is attractive and seems to be justified. On the other side we think other make us feel good about ourselves. Our believe our happiness depends on our special love relationship with others, food, money and our bodies until we realize the pain of it all.
Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way. T-2.III.3:5-7
Since all illusions of salvation have failed you, surely you do not want to remain in the clouds, looking vainly for idols there…W-70.9:1
The Course continually reminds us that our attempts to make specialness work will only lead to failure. Mostly we stubbornly refuse to accept this and let our egos convince us that we can still find another way to keep our individuality and be happy. But if only for a moment we can admit that we are wrong and let go of holding onto judgments, grievances and specialness, we would never be the same again.
You have no idea of the tremendous release and deep peace that comes from meeting yourself and your brothers totally without judgement. T-3.VI.3:1
We get a glimpse of that peace of mind when in despair we change our minds and welcome Jesus back. We may attempt to close Jesus out again but there will be a part of us that remembers the experience of being truly happy when we were with him and we will be motivated to claim that feeling again.
Perhaps you do not think you can let your grievances go. That, however is simply a matter of motivation. Today we will try to find out how you would feel without them (grievances). If you succeed even by so little, there will never be a problem with motivation ever again. W-69.4:2-5
All real pleasure comes from doing God’s Will (T-1.VII.1:4)
Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy. W-64.4:1
So when we experience true peace of mind through forgiveness we can be sure that our ego will remind us of the temporary peace of our specialness. We then need to rely on our “little/small willingness” and our “little effort and determination” to join with the “unlimited” power of our inner Teacher and Guide.
Your little effort and small determination call on the power of the universe to help you, and God Himself will raise you from darkness into light. W-69.7:2
The Holy Instant does not come from your little willingness alone. It is always the result of your small willingness combined with the unlimited power of God’s Will. T-18.IV.1:1-2
re thoughts, then dangerous? To bodies, yes! T-21.VII.1:1,2
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We are aware that like most terms forgiveness means something different that our usual understanding of the word.