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The Treachery of Forgiveness

The Course says, “No gift of Heaven has been more misunderstood than forgiveness.” As a matter of fact, most forgiveness is considered “forgiveness to destroy” because for the most part, we forgive when we feel another has wronged us, and if this earthly, egoic life isn’t real, how could they have wronged us? Instead of forgiveness becoming a pathway to enlightenment, in its most common usage, it actually and deceivingly strengthens our egos. That’s because we decide to overlook another’s transgression, which is our way of judging that person, and at the same time, making ourselves the better person by rising above the other with pride-filled forgiveness. True forgiveness completely erases the boundaries of You and I. It eliminates the difference between us and it’s only when we can experience the other as ourselves that we can truly be liberated.


It is not necessary to read the book or have any prior knowledge of A Course in Miracles to participate and appreciate our discussion. This Course is appropriate for beginners as well as those experienced. For those who do want to study this in the book or online, please see the very last section of the book, The Song of Prayer, section 2, Forgiveness, which in my edition is from pages 9-13. PLEASE NOTE: EARLIER EDITIONS MAY NOT INCLUDE THE SONG OF PRAYER SECTION.


Please note that although the word "Course" is in the title, you do not have to sign up for a series. Each meeting is an entity unto its own, so please come join us at any time.  Your $10 admittance goes towards the rent and overhead of the center.

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  • Moira S.

    One of the best yet! Great people, great discussion. Thank you, David!

    February 7, 2013

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