Definition Of Forgiveness In A Course In Miracles – Forgiveness Quotes

A Course In Miracles(ACIM) gives the definition of forgiveness as the only workable path to happiness.

The practice of forgiveness is a very practical way to return us to the knowledge of our reality – our Unity and our Innocence in God.

A Course In Miracles teaches that this world is a dream.
Since God is all powerful, we do not have the power to create our own separate kingdom of sorrow, pain and separation. Therefore reality remains perfect as God created it.

Through the practice of forgiveness we confirm our belief in the innocence of all.

As we do so, we first experience peace in the midst of a difficulty and, as we continue, the seeming evidence for ‘our sins’ or ‘their sins’ eventually dissolves, and our world shifts a little more in the direction of heaven.
The practice of forgiveness is our function, and our function and our happiness are one.

This article shares some of the wonderful forgiveness quotes from A Course In Miracles.


A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness is the path to happiness.

“What could you want forgiveness cannot give?

Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it.

Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world?

Do you want care and safety, and the warmth of sure protection always?

Do you want a quietness that cannot be disturbed, a gentleness that never can be hurt, a deep abiding comfort, and a rest so perfect it can never be upset?

All this forgiveness offers you, and more.

It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day.

It soothes your forehead while you sleep, and rests upon your eyelids so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack.

And when you wake again, it offers you another day of happiness and peace.

All this forgiveness offers you, and more.

Forgiveness lets the veil be lifted up that hides the face of Christ from those who look with unforgiving eyes upon the world.

It lets you recognize the Son of God, and clears your memory of all dead thoughts so that remembrance of your Father can arise across the threshold of your mind.

What would you want forgiveness cannot give?

What gifts but these are worthy to be sought?

What fancied value, trivial effect or transient promise, never to be kept, can hold more hope than what forgiveness brings?”

(W-122.1-3, A Course In Miracles)

A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.

“Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.

Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves as separate.”

(T-3.V.9, A Course In Miracles)

A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness is looking beyond error.

“Forgiveness that is learned of me does not use fear to undo fear.

Nor does it make real the unreal and then destroy it.

Forgiveness through the Holy Spirit lies simply in looking beyond error from the beginning, and thus keeping it unreal for you...

What has no effect does not exist, and to the Holy Spirit the effects of error are nonexistent.”

(T-9.IV.7, A Course In Miracles)

A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness is not loss. Forgiveness leads to the only thing of value - the knowledge that you are one with God.

“He will teach you to remember that forgiveness is not loss, but your salvation.

And that in complete forgiveness, in which you recognize that there is nothing to forgive, you are absolved completely.”

(T-15.VIII.3, A Course In Miracles)

A definition of forgiveness achieved:
Forgiveness is a selective remembering, based on the selection of the Holy Spirit.

“To forgive is merely to remember only the loving thoughts you gave in the past, and those that were given you...

Forgiveness is a selective remembering, based not on your selection. ...

Be willing to forgive the Son of God for what he did not do. The shadow figures are the witnesses you bring with you to demonstrate he did what he did not.”

(T-17.III.1, A Course In Miracles)

A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness takes us to a place where nothing interferes with love, and God has access to take the final step unhindered.

“Yet even forgiveness is not the end.

Forgiveness does make lovely, but it does not create.

It is the source of healing, but it is the messenger of love and not its Source.

Here you are led, that God Himself can take the final step unhindered, for here does nothing interfere with love, letting it be itself.

A step beyond this holy place of forgiveness, a step still further inward but the one [you] cannot take, transports you to something completely different.

Here is the Source of light; nothing perceived, forgiven nor transformed. But merely known.”

(T-18.IX.10, A Course In Miracles)

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A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness is a path to return to our holy home through the experience of holy relationships.

“Beyond the body that you interposed between you and your brother, and shining in the golden light that reaches it from the bright, endless circle that extends forever, is your holy relationship, beloved of God Himself.

How still it rests, in time and yet beyond, immortal yet on earth.

How great the power that lies in it...

Here is no separate will, nor the desire that anything be separate...

Its will has no exceptions, and what it wills is true.

Every illusion brought to its forgiveness is gently overlooked and disappears...

No misery is here, but only joy.”

(T-22.II.12, A Course In Miracles)

A definition of forgiveness:
Forgiveness is what we are here to do.

“Forgiveness is the only function meaningful in time.

It is the means the Holy Spirit uses to translate specialness from sin into salvation.”

(T-25.VI.5, A Course In Miracles)

As so often, it has been a joy to put together this page.

These beautiful forgiveness quotes flow over me and strengthen my commitment to the practice of forgiveness.

May they do the same for you.



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I developed this forgiveness exercise to keep my heart open in hard times. Integral to my life and work, it is the way I walk forwards on the spiritual journey. This article on definitions of forgiveness is also included in the ebook.

There is also some information on the site about The Release.

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And if you want to read more forgiveness quotes from both the Bible and ACIM, please move from A Definition Of Forgiveness to Prayer For Forgiveness.

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