The worldly forgiveness that we are all familiar with calls on us to forgive someone for what we believe they have done to us. And at certain levels of maturity this is crucial - and beautiful in the relief and peace it brings to our hearts.
And now, so many of us have reached the stage where an even higher order of forgiveness is being called for. We activate this deeper forgiveness by using all the circumstances that trigger us to remember that WE made the whole thing up. Any feeling of being perpetrated on or unfairly treated is coming straight out of our own unconscious minds.
When we are triggered it is very helpful to ask - what does this display of phenomena say about me, what does it prove about me? It is always some variant of unworthiness or unlovability. Always.
And this unworthiness and self-attack is ALREADY INSIDE and it has no choice but to splash itself out in relationships and circumstances.
What do we do with this belief in unworthiness that keeps displaying itself?
We hold the pain that accompanies it AND we remember that it is arising out of our pain and guilt from the seeming separation from God. We remember that it is not real because separation never happened.
And this is where we need to bring our attention. Back to where it all began. Back to the recognition that we are the dreamer of the dream and all these characters, including our own, are figments of our imagination and our attempt to be out on our own, doing our own mad thing. The gods are smiling when we can stand here as the dreamer, taking full responsibility for what we have made.
From here we can hand the whole thing back to our Holy Self, forgive these characters we have willfully made up to do our bidding, and we can forgive ourselves for ever innocently wanting to be separate from our Creator and One Source.
And we come to rest, yet once again, in the quietness of Truth, behind the scenes of hallucination and imagination.
This is the forgiveness that awakes.