Authentic Forgiveness


When we can recognize ourselves in others and we can accept that all of creation is connected, we learn the meaning of authentic forgiveness.

Authentic forgiveness is the ability to let go of grievances; criticism, objections, judgements, guilt, blame – and turn those grievances into acceptance.

Accepting that life is sometimes unfair. Accepting that most people are not going to fall under our idea of ‘perfect’. Accepting that everyone is perfectly who they are. Accepting every mistake (yes, even the big ones!) as an opportunity for correction, an opportunity to learn, an opportunity for growth.Β  Accepting that what might be right for you is not necessarily what is right for the next person. Accepting that things are rarely as they seem. Accepting that what may seem like an injustice may actually come to be a blessing. And finally, accepting that God’s plan for you may be different than what you had planned yourself.

Ego plays a dark role in all our lives. It’s that annoying little voice inside that tells us we are inadequate, that we need to prove ourselves to everyone around us, making us believe that we are somehow better or that we don’t quite measure up to others, leaving us questioning whether we are failures or too good for our own good. Ego’s will is to keep us feeling separate and alone. Ego is our greatest deceiver.

The truth is that we are all sharing this experience together. We all fight the same battles, the only difference is in how our problems and challenges present themselves and how we react to them. Consider this for a moment: All problems stem from separation.

If this is true, authentic forgiveness / connection is the answer to every problem. When authentic forgiveness is achieved all that is left is absolute love and acceptance for all that is.

We will do anything to protect and care for those we feel completely connected to.We will make time for them. We will smile and acknowledge them. We will make sure they are fed, clothed, and loved. We will swallow our pride, let go of our ego and apologize when necessary. We will allow them to make mistakes, even if sometimes we are hurt in the process. When we feel connected, when we let go of judgments, blame, and grievances, we accept. We accept every person. We accept each moment. We accept our circumstances. We love ourselves enough to learn from every person, each circumstance and make change when necessary.

In a world of connection and absolute forgiveness, no one is left behind. Everyone is cared for, fed, and provided for. Everyone is loved and accepted exactly as they are.

All blessings and miracles in the world are visible from this place of absolute truth.

May your day be filled with love and miracles!


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  1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  2. πŸ™‚ Happy, peaceful and free πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks Tan πŸ™‚

  4. Tanya

     /  April 21, 2014

    Well said Sandy! Forgiveness will set you free!

  5. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment Rick πŸ™‚ The ideas expressed in this post reflect my personal process of letting go of my own grievances in order to embrace the concepts of the Course. Only once I fully let go of all grievances can I accept the idea that there is nothing to forgive. And only once I understand what grievances are and why they present themselves as real can I begin to see them as illusion. For me, the Course continues to be a journey. I love to connect with others who study the Course so again, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment πŸ™‚

  6. You are completely misunderstanding forgiveness. Try reading the definition in the Course in the Review section of the Workbook:

  7. Anonymous

     /  April 18, 2014

    So very true Sandy. It’s when we can accept this we can truly be happy and move forward.

  8. Anonymous

     /  April 18, 2014

    Love it! And so absolutely true!!

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