46. god is the love in which i forgive.
for believers this lesson could prove difficult. however, the core of this lesson, even for the believer, is to learn to forgive yourself.
as with previous lessons, i work with the material of the book without judging its presentations, but i would rephrase the lesson title.
the creator is the love in which i forgive.
in other words, the creator’s love is the source in which and by which i forgive the world, other people, even my self.
for the believer here is the difficult concept: god, the creator doesn’t actually have to forgive humanity because the creator never condemned humanity.
yep. that is what the book postulates.
but to accept the postulation one has to “see” from a different perspective.
for instance, the creation and fall of humanity.
it is commonly taught that the creator instructed humanity not to transgress, but humanity transgressed, and then it is taught that the creator punished humanity for their transgression and thus humanity needs to be forgiven of their transgressions.
however, from the perspective of this lesson: the fall from eden is not condemnation, but the natural result of the choices of humanity. human choices led to the separation from the creator, but the creator never stopped loving humanity nor did the creator see the creator as separate from humanity. but humanity has this perceived separation, and thus seeks forgiveness to get back in the good graces of the creator.
for believers, simply look at the parable of the prodigal son. the son comes to understand his plight, and in light of that understanding returns to the father. however, the father never stopped loving because the father never condemned the ‘lost’ son, but the son’s perception about his own situation had to change in order to reconnect with the father. the father always loved the son and never condemned the son, but the son had to change his perception and the son was rewarded for his change of his perception.
as such, the ‘lost’ son was not forgiven because the father never condemned the son in the first place. instead the ‘lost’ son closed the distance that he himself had created through his own actions. therefore, there is no need for the father to forgive because the father never condemned the son.
importantly, in the parable, it is the son who has the perception that he has sinned/transgressed, but the father never declared such.
the son was ‘lost’ because the son perceive a separation from the father, but the father did not perceive that separation, as such when the son returned the father through a party, showing the son that things were good, as they always had been.
being lost and/or found is not about sin and transgression. lost and found is about perception: one is ‘lost’ outside the connection to the creator; one is ‘found’ inside the connection with the creator.
perception is the whole key. why? because no human can truly be separated from the creator, but humanity feels separated, and this perception of separation creates a gulf that results in hopelessness because we perceive ourselves disconnected from the creator, and not within that space of blessed connectedness.
with that in mind then, what the world has is: illusion, and presents the illusion of separation, where humanity is separated from the creator.
that illusion creates fear, because humanity fears itself too lost to be reconnected to the creator.
yet, the creator’s love sources the ability for humanity to ‘forgive’ itself and find itself reconnected to the creator.
but it is humanity that has to change its perception. why? the creator is not the one who changed, it is humanity that changed, and changed in its perception.
perception. “seeing”. vision.
that change of perception, the ability to “see” the connectedness, to ‘forgive’ one’s self is a type of salvation, finding peace with the creator, similar to the lost son returning to the father.
with that in mind it is difficult to accept that in our relationship with others, we have either forgiven them or we have not, forgiveness in part is not complete forgiveness, and to find peace we need to find complete forgiveness.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive the computer; the car, and the building.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive music, ideas, and words.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive politics, religion, and money.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive sexuality, emotionality, and family.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive my personality, my mentality, and my physicality.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive my personal relationships, my marriage, my personal problems.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive others: my mother, my father, my boss, my co-worker, my spouse, my lover, my friend, my enemy, and my neighbor.
the creator’s love is the love in which i forgive my self.
the creator’s love is the love in which i love my self.
the creator’s love is the love in which i am blessed.