Monday, February 28, 2022

Rising above hurt.

But the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness, because those who have been forgiven have everything. Once forgiveness has been accepted, prayer in the usual sense becomes utterly meaningless. The prayer for forgiveness is nothing more than a request that you may be able to recognize what you already have. T-3.V.6:3-5

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition. 

In A Course In Miracles forgiveness is the willingness to give up making other people and circumstances responsible for our unhappiness. Forgiveness is the giving up of seeing ourselves as a victims. Forgiveness recognizes and acknowledges that we are agents of the creative power of Unconditional Love which is God.

In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in the ninth step, that we make amends where it would do no further harm to repair the breaches in rapport which our thoughts and actions have caused.

In Unitarian Universalism there is no principle which addresses explicitly the idea of forgiveness. The closest we can get to the idea is to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations but this principle makes justice, equity, and compassion real things to be dealt with when they are illusions in the ego mind and not real at all which is the point of forgiveness. So in highlighting the illusory ideas of justice, equity, and compassion, the principle makes the tool of forgiveness more recognizable and its utility more apparent.

Today, it is suggested that we rise above the things that hurt us, that annoy us, that we perceive as unjust and contribute to resentment, grievance, fear, and guilt. It is suggested that we rise above the hurt.

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