Brent Haskell article: Jeshua: On Forgiveness
Greetings to you, this day. I am Jeshua. You asked me this day about forgiveness. And of that I would speak this day.
A most important thing for you to know and understand is that forgiveness is not, ever, something that you do. For forgiveness is that which you are, that which you become. In your world of space and time and bodies, and yes, thoughts, it seems that you can do things in your world. But it is not so. For this is a world of illusion, which is not real, as I have told you so many times. The world of spirit is the world where you exist and live. Spirit never does. Spirit simply becomes. Spirit simply is. So your forgiveness is that which you are.
I have told you in A Course in Miracles that you are not a body, that you are but spirit. And I have also told you that nothing ever seems to happen in your life here except that it be your choice. Every aspect of the world that you see is by your choice and your design. And that applies to every detail of your world, even that which seems to be remote from you in your space and time. You have chosen, and are the creator of, every experience that you seem to have.
And I have told you that God, the essence of the universe, is love, only love, and nothing but love. And therefore you, as the son of God, and as part of God itself, are likewise love, only love, and nothing but love. And when you, at the core of your being, experience that, that you and the essence of life itself is totally love, that shall be a major step in your forgiveness.
So if everything in existence is love, and if everything that you experience in your existence is not only love, but is your choice, and is in your seemed existence by your design, then what is there to forgive? Ah, but what if you, through your thinking and your beliefs in this world, seem to see things which are not love, then whom should you forgive? If you believe that forgiveness is something that you can do, then, of course, the only being to forgive in your world is your self. And the only thing that ever needs to be forgiven is your lack of understanding and lack of inner experience that absolutely everything is love, and nothing but love.
Now I have told you that forgiveness is your only function here, and forgiveness is what the purpose of this world is, and forgiveness, in essence, is what A Course in Miracles is all about. So when you forgive, when you, at the core of your being, do not simply understand, but have become the truth of this course, then how shall your life look? You shall know, at the core of your being, that everything that exists is love, and that everything that exists is a creation of God itself, of which you are an integral part. So if you would look upon your world here and see nothing but the essence of love in action, and see nothing but the presence of God, then you would look at every aspect of your world and you would see God. And you would look at every aspect of your world and you would see yourself. For you are that selfsame God.
Can you experience that in your thinking? No, indeed. That is what I have told you. So in the essence of your experience, you do not see the world of love. You ARE that world of perfect love. You are God. And that truth you experience at the core of your being.
Then what if you forgive a world where everything in your existence is the essence of your Self, and is the essence of Love, and is the essence of the beauty and the perfection which is God? As you become forgiveness, then what shall happen in your world, insofar as you choose to stay here in space and time? Then your world will be totally one of gratitude and peace and love, and yes, celebration.
And that shall be your life — joy and happiness and celebration. And have I not told you that God’s will for you is perfect happiness and joy? So as you open, past your thinking, to the experience of, and as you become, the God that you are, and know that at the core of your being, then that shall be your forgiveness. And your forgiveness shall set you free. Rejoice.
My blessings upon you all. That is all.
Brent A. Haskell, Ph.D., D.O.