II. SECTION 13. What is a Miracle?
Lesson 342 I let forgiveness rest upon all things, for thus forgiveness will be given me.
- I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made. It is not real. And you have given me the means to prove its unreality to me. The key is in my hand, and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams. I stand before the gate of heaven, wondering if I should enter in and be at home. Let me not wait again today. Let me forgive all things and let creation be as you would have it be, and as it is. Let me remember that I am Your son, and opening the door at last, forget illusions in the blazing light of truth, as memory of You returns to me.
- Brother forgive me now. I come to you to take you home with me. And as we go the world goes with us on the way to God.
Keep in mind that our lessons train us in a course in miracles. Today Jesus leads us in a prayer that takes us to the gate of heaven. Imagine this scenario if you will. There you are standing at Heaven’s gate. Beyond is the land of perfect peace. Past this gate everything is as it was created – whole, pure, secure, loving, joyful, calm. You hear laughter, you hear singing, you hear happy sounds of contentment, pleasantness, and tranquility. Nature is no longer cruel, heartless, and dangerous, but gentle, kind, and safe. Man and beast are on friendly terms. There are no conspiracy theories. There are no face masks. There is no social distancing. Trump and Biden are playing a pleasant game of bridge with their wives and a few other friends with friendly banter. Nobody is carrying signs or screaming about social issues. There are no hospitals or graveyards or houses of ill repute. Something inside of you is saying, “Yes, yes, yes. This is my home. I know it is, I’m sure it is, I belong here.” The key is in your hand. You have the ticket to Forever and Ever. And yet you hesitate. You look through the keyhole and behold all the beauty, the love, the joy, the peace. You see your loved ones beckoning. But then you grow very still, and you have another think.
For what do your wondering eyes behold but Hitler passing by deep in conversation with a rabbi; Jeffrey Dahmer eating an apple instead of a liver, heart, or kidney from one of his hapless victims, and oh, no there is that overgrown anti-Christ that made fun of your second hand clothes in seventh grade. There is the guy that knocked you up and denied paternity. There are the people who came to your house, ate your food, sprawled on your couch, and thought it was your privilege. You thought they would be stationed in a different part of heaven, somewhere remedial, somewhere for the slow learners, the warped, the insane, but nope, there they are strolling upon the streets of gold with the virtuous, the sainted, the nice people of the world.
And suddenly the idea of heaven does not appeal to you that much. Sure its nice to be forgiven for all your little sins, but these people were far worse. They took evil, bad manners, and moocherism to a whole new level. How could you possibly be expected to spend your forever with them. You cannot and will not be one with them. Your piece does not belong interlocking with their piece. Let there be no mistake – you love God, you love Jesus, but you cannot endure the whore who wrecked your home, the shyster who scammed your grandparents, the neighbor who helped himself to your pile of gravel.
We know the mechanism that opens the gate; we have the password! Forgive all things and we escape the hell we made in place of Creation. We escape karma, generational curses, the sense of sin, shame, and the deadly, unloving, fright that is the basis of all we see and experience by simply recognizing it and forgiving it all. We enter into the wonder, the glory, the majesty of His Kingdom. We remember who we really are, and everybody remembers who they are. All that happened in time is not only forgiven but forgotten in the blazing light as the memory of God returns to our awareness.
And yet we hesitate. We put it off for another day. We cherish our grudges, we build cases against instead of for, we hide our sins behind the failures, mistakes, and shortcomings of others. We blame, we point fingers, we make this world real and the real world a fantasy, a dream, an emotional crutch for goody-goodies and people too sensitive, too tender, too weak for this world. Instead of becoming one with Christ and saving the world, we align ourselves with anti-Christ and sink our consciousnesses in casting lots with those who believe it is God’s Will to judge, to condemn, to choose sides, to cherish opposition and opposites, battle, bloodshed, and death.
Today Jesus encourages us to let the hellish world go. Forgive it and watch it fade away. Refuse to engage in its debates, alliances, denominations, politics, oppositions, and seeming opposites. See it for what it is and let forgiveness rest upon all things. Salvation comes. Sanity is restored. Heaven is no longer obscured to us. We are free.
A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 342. Circle of Atonement, Complete and Annotated Edition (2017). p. 1536.
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