Step Two Hundred and Seven
|Light of Forgiveness|
Step 207. I Forgive Those Whom I Think Have Hurt Me.
Knowledge is not shocked upon looking at the world. Knowledge is not dismayed. Knowledge is not discouraged. Knowledge is not affronted. Knowledge realizes the smallness of the world and the errors of the world. It realizes this because it only knows itself, and all that is not Knowledge is merely the opportunity for Knowledge to be reapplied. Thus, your unforgiveness is simply the opportunity for you to reapply Knowledge.
Repeat today’s idea upon the hour and do not underestimate its value to you who now seek to be unburdened from grief and misery. In your two deeper practice periods, think of those, one by one, for whom you feel unforgiveness—individuals that you have known personally and individuals that you have heard about or thought of, individuals that have been associated with failure. They will come to mind as you call upon them, for they are all waiting to be forgiven by you. Allow them now to arise one by one. As they do so, forgive yourself for failing to apply your Knowledge. Remind them as they appear to you that you are now learning to apply Knowledge and that you will not suffer on their behalf and they, therefore, need not suffer on yours. The commitment to forgive, then, is the commitment to realize Knowledge and to apply Knowledge, for Knowledge dispels unforgiveness like the light dispels the darkness. For there is only Knowledge and the need for Knowledge. That is all that you can possibly perceive in the universe.
Your two practice periods are, therefore, dedicated to facing those whom you have accused and forgiving yourself for failing to apply Knowledge in your understanding of them and engagement with them. Do this without any form of guilt or self-deprecation, for how could you possibly not fail if Knowledge was not available to you or if you were not available to Knowledge. Accept, then, your former limitations and dedicate yourself now to perceiving the world anew, without blame and with the greatness of Knowledge.
Practice 207: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
I have always felt a deep resonance with Jesus’ words, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” To me this implies that people act the way they do out of ignorance, not because they are inherently evil or malicious, it’s just that they know no better. They have not yet reached a level of higher awareness, they are not with Knowledge. They are not to blame for this, it’s just where they’re at. If I hold this to be true, it is easier not to condemn, but to feel compassion.
I also hold it to be true that people can only hurt me if I let them.
I wish to understand and apply Knowledge in each situation I face, for only with Knowledge can I steer a true course.