A Course In Miracles International President Speaks On Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is the means by which a happy world of safety and of peace comes to take the place of hell.

Peace Through Forgiveness

Do not forget, throughout the day, the role forgiveness plays in bringing happiness to every unforgiving mind, with yours among them.

A Course In Miracles International President, Baron Wolter van Verschuer today spoke about the real meaning of forgiveness, and the importance of International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace in raising awareness of the action of forgiveness as the only means by which the human being can experience true peace.

In an address to a gathering of Course In Miracles teachers and students in Wisconsin Dells, WI, Baron van Verschuer described the current condition of the world as “hellish”, and spoke of the urgent need for a complete revolution of consciousness. “Everyone in this room, continued Verschuer, “has come to know by direct experience, as lesson 121 of the Course says, that forgiveness is the key to happiness. This is the experience that you individually must share with the world. Here is a very simple exercise from the lesson that anyone can do:

“'Begin by thinking of someone you do not like, who seems to irritate you, or to cause regret in you if you should meet him; one you actively despise, or merely try to overlook. It does not matter what the form your anger takes. You probably have chosen him already. He will do.

'Now close your eyes and see him in your mind, and look at him a while. Try to perceive some light in him somewhere; a little gleam which you had never noticed. Try to find some little spark of brightness shining through the ugly picture that you hold of him. Look at this picture till you see a light somewhere within it, and then try to let this light extend until it covers him, and makes the picture beautiful and good.

'Look at this changed perception for a while, and turn your mind to one you call a friend. Try to transfer the light you learned to see around your former "enemy" to him. Perceive him now as more than friend to you, for in that light his holiness shows you your savior, saved and saving, healed and whole.

'Then let him offer you the light you see in him, and let your "enemy" and friend unite in blessing you with what you gave. Now are you one with them, and they with you. Now have you been forgiven by yourself. Do not forget, throughout the day, the role forgiveness plays in bringing happiness to every unforgiving mind, with yours among them. Every hour tell yourself:

'Forgiveness is the key to happiness. I will awaken from the dream that I am mortal, fallible and full of sin, and know I am the perfect Son of God.'”

Baron van Verschuer added, “There is a real alternative to the human condition of pain, sickness aging and death, because the condition is not true. Forgiveness lets you see the truth about yourself. That is the only pursuit in this world that is meaningful.

“Let us encourage everyone to celebrate International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace with us, and experience a moment of eternal peace.”

International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace will be observed on September 14 – 23, 2012.

A Course In Miracles International will hold a special 10-day celebration in Wisconsin Dells, WI and in affiliate centers around the world.

For more information on planned activities and how you can participate visit the website:
http://www.forgivenessweek.org/participate.php.

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