“Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness. Through miracles you accept God’s forgiveness by extending it to others.” ACIM.T-1.1.21:1-2
Forgiveness, as the Course uses the term, means being willing to give up making other people responsible for our own unhappiness. In other words, we give up making other people guilty for what we blame them for doing to us. We realize, accept, acknowledge that we are not victims.
We we can say, “I am no longer making you responsible for the choices I make in my mind,” we have forgiven others for what we thought was their responsibility. When we do this, we are healed from the sickness of the ego which some call “sin.”
Jesus said, as He was being crucified, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus is saying that He does not hold His crucifiers responsible for His state of mind. This example of Jesus is the epitome of forgiveness.
Just like a two year old who tells an overbearing, intrusive parent, “You’re not the boss of me,” we come to a point in our lives when we become aware that other people and events are not the cause of our unhappiness. In this realization, miracles occur, and we realize and experience God’s love for us which we are now able to extend to others.
Today, I will try to rise above my anger, fear, blaming, judgment, resentments and recognize that I have a choice of whether to make other people and events responsible for my unhappiness. If I choose not to, I rise above the victim role and assume my natural inheritance as an extension of God’s love. In doing so, I experience the miracle.