Lesson 121

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Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

Here is the answer to your search for peace. Here is the key to meaning in a world that seems to make no sense. Here is the way to safety in apparent dangers that appear to threaten you at every turn, and bring uncertainty to all your hopes of ever finding quietness and peace. Here are all questions answered; here the end of all uncertainty ensured at last.

It’s an incredible lesson for today. Forgiveness is the key to happiness. That is just the truth of the matter. Any grievance, any judgment, any idea, any thought, binds me to this world and to my identity as I name myself. Call it ego, call it anything you want, but say your name out loud and you will have a good idea of the identity, the persona, that you use to bind yourself to a body, to a world, and to pain, sickness and death.

You don’t have to do it anymore. And today’s lesson is the key. Now you go past trying to reconcile illusion and truth, because you go straight to the cause of whatever it is you see and experience. That cause is you. Jesus tells you in every paragraph of the first part of this lesson what an unforgiving mind is. That unforgiving mind is you.

The unforgiving mind is full of fear, and offers love no room to be itself; no place where it can spread its wings in peace and soar above the turmoil of the world.

The unforgiving mind is sad, without the hope of respite and release from pain.

The unforgiving mind is torn with doubt, confused about itself and all it sees; afraid and angry, weak and blustering, afraid to go ahead, afraid to stay, afraid to waken or to go to sleep, afraid of every sound, yet more afraid of stillness; terrified of darkness, yet more terrified at the approach of light.

The unforgiving mind sees no mistakes, but only sins.

The unforgiving mind is in despair, without the prospect of a future which can offer anything but more despair.

Boom! Boom! Boom! Jesus just knocks it right out of the ballpark. Look honestly at what He is telling you and you will recognize yourself and what it is you do. Great. In your honesty lies your salvation. There is no point in telling yourself that you are the light of the world, while there is still someone that you hold a grievance against. Don’t deny the grievance, don’t try to solve it by talking yourself out of it, don’t dance around it. Let’s go to the heart of the matter with today’s lesson. The heart of the matter is you.

Each unforgiving mind presents you with an opportunity to teach your own how to forgive itself.

As you read the lesson and Jesus tells you the characteristics of someone you have a grievance against, someone will pop into your mind. He will do. That person is now your salvation, he is the key to your happiness. It’s an amazing thing. And the application of the lesson is so reasonable. It is not airy, not transcendental, it is a practical application in your own mind. You, the grievance holder, are exposed. Be glad. Now your mind can be totally undone.

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.

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