Course in Miracles
126 - All that I give is given to myself.
idea, completely alien to the ego and the thinking of
the world, is crucial to the thought reversal which
this course will bring about. If you believed this statement,
there would be no problem in complete forgiveness, certainty
of goal, and sure direction. You would understand the
means by which salvation comes to you, and would not
hesitate to use it now.
consider what you do believe, in place of this idea:
It seems to you that other people are apart from you,
and able to behave in ways which have no bearing on
your thoughts, nor yours on theirs. Therefore, your
attitudes have no effect on them, and their appeals
for help are not in any way related to your own.
You further think that they can sin without affecting
your perception of yourself, while you can judge their
sin and yet remain apart from condemnation and at
you "forgive" a sin, there is no gain to you
directly. You give charity to one unworthy, merely to
point out that you are better, on a higher plane than
he whom you forgive. He has not earned your charitable
tolerance, which you bestow on one unworthy of the gift,
because his sins have lowered him beneath a true equality
with you. He has no claim on your forgiveness. It holds
out a gift to him, but hardly to yourself.
is forgiveness basically unsound...
gift bestowed at times, at other times withheld.
withholding it is just, nor is it fair that you should
suffer when it is withheld. The sin which you forgive
is not your own. Someone apart from you committed it.
And if you then are gracious unto him by giving him what
he does not deserve, your gift is no more yours than was
this be true, forgiveness has no grounds on which to
rest dependably and sure. It is an eccentricity, in
which you sometimes choose to give indulgently an undeserved
reprieve. Yet it remains your right to let the sinner
not escape the justified repayment for his sin.
you the Lord of Heaven would allow the world's salvation
to depend on this? Would not His care for you be small
indeed, if your salvation rested on a whim?
You do not understand forgiveness.
you see it, it is but a check upon overt attack, without
requiring correction in your mind. It cannot give you
peace as you perceive it. It is not a means for your
release from what you see in someone other than yourself.
It has no power to restore your unity with him to your
awareness. It is not what God intended it to be for
having given Him the gift He asks of you, you cannot recognize
His gifts and think He has not given them to you. (He
asks you to forgive your brother.) Yet would He ask you
for a gift unless it was for you? Could He be satisfied
with empty gestures, and evaluate such petty gifts as
worthy of His Son?
Salvation is a better gift than this, and true forgiveness,
as the means by which it (salvation) is attained, must
heal the mind that gives, for giving
is receiving. What remains as unreceived has not
been given, but what has been given must have been received.
we try to understand the truth that giver and receiver
are the same. You will need help to make this meaningful,
because it is so alien to the thoughts to which you
are accustomed. But the Help you need is there.
Him your faith today, and ask Him that He share your
practicing in truth today. And if you only catch a glimpse
of the release which lies in the idea we practice for today,
this is a day of glory for the world.
Give fifteen minutes twice today to the attempt
to understand today's idea. It is the thought by which forgiveness
takes its proper place in your priorities. It is the thought
that will release your mind from every bar to what forgiveness
means, and let you realize its worth to you.
close your eyes upon the world which does not understand
forgiveness, and seek sanctuary in the quiet place where
thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by.
idea, and ask for help in understanding what it really means.
that I give is given to myself.”
to be taught. Be glad to hear the Voice of truth and healing
speak to you, and you will understand the words He speaks,
and recognize He speaks your words to you.
as you can, remind yourself you have a goal today; an aim
which makes this day of special value to yourself and all
your brothers. Do not let your mind forget this goal for
long, but tell yourself:
that I give is given to myself. The Help I need to learn
that this is true is with me now. And I will trust in Him.”
a quiet moment, opening your mind to His correction and
His Love. And what you hear of Him you will believe, for
what He gives will be received by you.