Question: What is the role of forgiveness in A Course in Miracles?
Answer: Forgiveness in A Course in Miracles is truly correction of the mind. From the metaphysical aspect, you’ve a split mind. One side of the split mind is the ego (wrong mind). Another side is the Holy Spirit (right mind) which produces correction, also referred to as forgiveness. In this split mind scenario, you still retain your choice maker – observer and this allows you to select from the split mind portions. You have never lost it. If you choose judgment, you’re still choosing. Therefore, it’s not hidden, but still being used. The ego does not want you to know this because choosing contrary to the ego’s judgments is death to it.
Whenever we talk about forgiveness, we are not speaking of forgiveness as outlined by the ego world. This is a different method of thinking and may be difficult to initially grasp. Forgiveness, in this sense, is forgiveness for salvation by choosing the correction of the Holy Spirit (right mind) to improve the errors of the ego (wrong mind). How can one try this? The key way is by being willing to stop the ego’s judgments and thought forms in favor of correction (forgiveness).
Why can you try this? At some point in life, everyone has received enough of just how their life is heading and feels the frustration in how this world operates. So what do they do? They begin asking themselves questions and seeking answers for the reality, such as for instance, who they are and why they are here. The clear answer is easy: Forgiveness, also referred to as correction of the mind a course in miracles teacher dialogues. That is your purpose in life and why you’re here.
On a strong unconscious level, this solution of forgiveness was put in your head at the time of the first separation from God. Everyone has the ability to choose from either side. Your daily life won’t change until you change your internal Teacher to the Holy Spirit (right mind).
Question: How do I know what the ego is in my entire life?
Answer: First, one has to examine what the ego is, understand it, and then manage to look back upon it without fear or guilt. The ego is a thought system based on a series of judgments whose very foundation is fear. This extends back to the first separation and is characterized by hate, anger, blame, grievances, judgment, self-interest, specialness, depression, projections, war, death, sin, fear, guilt, and “forgiveness-to-destroy”, just to call a few. If you honestly shop around, you’ll observe that world is founded on a kill or be killed thought system. That is the ego. It is always one or one other and never both. What is causing difficulties in life, and in this world, is that you choose to listen to the ego’s judgments about everything and they are fear-based judgments.
A Course in Miracles teaches us that based on the mind you choose from, you will see the corresponding effect. If you choose the judgments of the ego as your cause, your effect is likely to be from that side. By choosing the Holy Spirit (right mind) while the cause, the negative ramifications of the ego are undone and the real effect is received: Correction (forgiveness). By changing your internal Teacher as cause, you will see an alternative effect for the result. All it takes is a little willingness to learn how to try this and then following up by carrying it out of choosing to show over judgments for correction (forgiveness) from the Holy Spirit (right mind). Make no mistake: This is death to the ego!
Conclusion: The ego is a vindictive and vicious thought system that aims to stop you stuck in this world by increasing your separation from everybody else using judgment. You cannot see Heaven from judgment. If you listen to the judgments of the ego, your life is a reflection of those judgments; however, in the event that you listen with the Holy Spirit (right mind) and choose forgiveness by turning over those judgments, all the consequences of the ego (wrong mind) choices are undone. You try this by willing to totally quit the ego on that material and choose another way. Change it over! It all comes down to the option of the inner Teacher. You cannot be considered a slave to two masters.
Forgiveness is summed up simply as this: Select a different internal Teacher for the correction of the mind. God doesn’t recognize judgment or that any error was ever made. To enter the Kingdom, your mind must certanly be returned to true perception that will be another term for peace.