A Course In Miracles International Invites Writers On Forgiveness

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Expressing The True Meaning of Forgiveness In Writing

FORGIVENESS: The Meaning, The Experience and The Expression in Writing

It is a shift from a state of mind of conflict, to a state of peace, a shift from seeing projected thought/images, to seeing a bright reflection of the Truth of what we are, the Christ.

In preparation for the 10-day festival celebrating International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace, from September 14 through 23, 2012, in Wisconsin Dells, WI, A Course In Miracles International has launched an appeal for written accounts of personal experiences of forgiveness.

According to event coordinator, author Ray Comeau, Ph.D, who will facilitate Creative Writing Workshops during the festival, “Forgiveness is at the heart of Jesus' unworldly masterpiece, A Course in Miracles. In His mind-training manual, Jesus, of course, leads us to undoing our primary misunderstanding of forgiveness. An untrained mind tends to think that bargaining is forgiveness.

“For example, an individual will say to himself, 'She wronged me, but I forgive her.' And in his 'forgiveness,' he feels superior. This is more like bargaining than forgiving; the wrong may be overlooked this time, but you owe me. Jesus helps us to experience that true forgiveness is not simply a change of mind, i.e., I think this, but now I think that, staying within the duality. Rather, we come to understand that forgiveness is the result of our minds changing, shifting from seeing thought/images through the eyes of the ego to seeing the reflection of an inner peace, seeing through the eyes of Christ.

“It is a shift from a state of mind of conflict, to a state of peace, a shift from seeing projected thought/images, to seeing a bright reflection of the Truth of what we are, the Christ. And now we have this incredible opportunity to come together and share our experiences at International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace.”

Participants are invited to submit in an essay of 600 words, or less, their individual experience of forgiveness. These essays will be shared in a variety of ways, e.g., in the Writing Workshops during the Event, on the event Web Site now, and in a commemorative book collection after the festival.

For more information about activities planned for the event or to submit an essay, visit http://www.forgivenessweek.org/writing.php

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