“Each day should be devoted to miracles. The purpose of time is to enable you to learn how to use time constructively. It is thus a teaching device and a means to an end. Time will cease when it is no longer useful in facilitating learning.” ACIM, T-1.1.15:1-4
Every day we are presented with what are called “forgiveness opportunities.”
Forgiveness opportunities occur when we become aware of our anger, our fear, our guilt, our resentments, our blaming, our default position of feeling like a victim.
When we feel like a victim and want to blame others and situations, we can make a conscious decision to let go of our willingness to make other people and things responsible for our unhappiness. We make a decision to rise above the perceived attack and hurt, and refuse to play the victim of those whom we would accuse of being victimizers.
These forgiveness opportunities challenge us tens, if not hundreds, of times a day. When we become aware of them we can choose how we want to respond. We can respond in the ego world and blame, become fearful, and avoid, or we can recognize and acknowledge them for what they are, misguided attempts to solicit love, and give up our tendency to make them responsible for our unhappiness and play the victim.
This principle tells us that forgiveness opportunities which help us more and more engage our right mind instead of our wrong mind, seem to occur in time with a past, present, and future. While we brood about the past, and harbor resentments, grievances, and fears, as we become more and more right minded in the world of the Spirit, time no longer has meaning for we experience more and more the eternal now.
Unitarian Universalism encourages us to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. As more and more people do utilize their forgiveness opportunities to shift their perception from the world of the ego to the world of the Spirit, the Kingdom of God becomes ever increasingly a part of our awareness and experience, and we contribute to the sanctification of the world.
Today, remember as the Universalists have taught us, that you are not a victim but the beloved extension of God’s love..