Lesson 126

  • All That I Give Is Given To Myself
  • Today’s idea, completely alien
  • to the ego and the thinking of the world,
  • is crucial to the thought reversal that
  • 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.
  • Let us 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 your self,
  • while you can judge their sin and yet remain
  • apart from condemnation and at peace.
  • When 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.
  • Thus is forgiveness basically unsound –
  • a charitable whim, benevolent
  • yet undeserved, a gift bestowed at times,
  • at other times withheld. Unmerited,
  • withholding it is just, nor is it fair
  • that you should suffer when it is withheld.
  • The sin that 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,
  • the gift is no more yours than was his sin.
  • If 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.
  • Think 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. As
  • 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’s not
  • what god intended it to be for you.
  • Not having given him the gift he asks
  • of you, you cannot recognize his gifts
  • and think he has not given them to you.
  • 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 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.
  • Today 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. Give him your faith today
  • and ask him that he share your practicing
  • in truth today, and if you only catch
  • a tiny glimpse of the release that 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.
  • In silence, close your eyes upon the world
  • that does not understand forgiveness and
  • seek sanctuary in the quiet place
  • where thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by.
  • Repeat today’s idea and ask for help
  • in understanding what it really means.
  • Be willing 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 often 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,
  • “All 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.”
  • Then spend 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.

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