A Course in Miracles Forgiveness

ACIM Practical Forgiveness Tool

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ACIM Practical Forgiveness Tool

Disclaimer

Please realize that attempting to awaken from the ego's dream can be a difficult and unpleasant experience. It can also be a lot of hard work and produce tears. Each time that you attempt to open up to the spiritual truth of A Course in Miracles, the part of you which is still identified with your ego will see it as a threat to your existence. It will likely retaliate, resist, feel offended and hurt, or try to stop you. Do not force yourself too quickly and give yourself time to recover between using these tools. Your ego does not understand the truth and cannot accept it, so while you still have an ego, it will likely rebound afterwards, seeing itself as attacked by the truth. Be kind to yourself. This tool is for guidance purposes only and is not a substitute for professional counseling. Use of this tool is at your own risk. Voice For God cannot be held accountable for any effects arising from your use of this tool.

Applying the forgiveness principles of A Course in Miracles

If you're having difficulty understanding how to forgive or how to apply forgiveness to a particular situation, this tool may be able to help guide you through it, step by step. Note that if you refresh the page or navigate to another page, the tool will reset and lose any selections you made. You can refresh the page to start over.

You will be able to go through the process quickly or in more detail. Each step can be broken down into a more in-depth process. If you still feel stuck at a given step, you may need to break it down and work through it slowly. Clicking any of the links will expand to show more detail. Move onto the next step when you genuinely believe that you are ready to. Remember throughout that being as honest as possible is of utmost importance. Honesty means you are willing to admit to (allow access to) the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Optionally you might also read the process out loud as you do it, ideally with an authoritative voice. This can make it more powerful and effective, but isn't necessary.

Opening Prayer

Before you begin, invite the Holy Spirit or Jesus to help you with this forgiveness. Here is an example prayer, but any sincere request will work - a little willingness is all it takes:

"Holy Spirit, please help me to forgive myself for this illusory problem. Help me to recognize I have not really sinned and help me to accept the Atonement. Guide me and show me the truth about this, and help me to see what you want me to see. I surrender and allow you to choose for God for me. Please come into me now and heal my mind. Thank you."

The Stages of Separation

Separation from God proceeds in this order:

1. God    2. Separation    3. Sin    4. Guilt    5. Fear    6. Punishment    7. Death    8. Resurrection.

As you progress from one stage to the next, falling further into the ego's traps, the previous stage usually becomes unconscious or blocked from awareness. Each stage is a defense and protection against the previous stage. This means your conscious awareness is usually not aware of all the previous stages which led to what you are now expericing. Your conscious mind is usually fixated on your current stage of experience only. Learn more about The Stages of Separation.

The Stages of Separation

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God

Atonement is Oneness with God. In God, there is no separation. There is only unlimited, permanent, unconditional peace, love and joy. God is reality. God is the truth. God cannot be threatened or changed or attacked. God is sanity. God is Eternal Life. God extends forever. God created you as Christ, as the extension of Himself, sharing everything He has with you. God is immortal, unlimited, unconditional, recognizes that separation cannot happen, sin is not real, and sustains you as permanently innocent and invulnerable. In truth, you cannot separate from God or hurt God or make God go away. You cannot upset Him or make Him reject or attack you. He loves you forever.

Separation

Separation from God is impossible, given that God is everywhere and there is nowhere else to be. Nothing can attack God or come between Him and Himself, or between You and Yourself, or between You and Him. However, a "tiny, mad idea" that such a separation is possible, entered your Mind. You attempted to pretend it was possible, even though it is not. It can only ever be a fantasy, within the scope of your Mind, and therefore taking place within your own Self. Separation is nothing more than a fairytale, a dream of what it might be like if the truth were not true (if God were not God, if You were not You). It is a curious imagining, and a visualization that attempts to make real what cannot be real. The Mind then attempts to experience and believe in or invest truth and reality in this fantasy, attempting to turn it into reality. It is impossible. It remains an idea, just a thought, and nothing real can come from it.

Sin

Sin is the insane idea that a separation from God is not only possible, but that it has actually happened. Sin asserts that separation has taken place in Reality, causing God to be separate from Himself, and causing His Son to be separate from His True Self (shared with God), and also from God Himself. The notion that Sin has taken place is the same thing as an attack on God, Self and Reality. It is an attempt to change what is Real, affect what is Real, and ultimately to destroy what is Real. The murderous idea of Sin attempts to condemn you and God to death, justifying your death with proof and evidence that separataion has not only taken place, but that it has had "real effects." Sin also positions the crime of separation into the "past", to establish a sense that it already took place and cannot be undone. It thus creates a sense of time or history in which make-believe events take place. Having imagined that Sin is Real, and therefore Real Sin has occurred, Sin now demands guit. It points its finger at "who" sinned, which is you. Your desire to own this crime ensures you believe you were successful in destroying God. This self-accusation and claim that "you really did it" produces guilt.

Guilt

Guilt is the experience of having sinned and having identified yourself as the sinner. Sin demands punishment and finds you to be the one who deserves it. Your belief that sin occurred is an agreement to accept that you must therefore be guilty, because you were the one who caused it. You will not resist this judgement of guilt because you believe it is the truth. You also can only experience guilt if you are able to hurt something you love. The idea that you really attacked and hurt God, who was your most intimate Love, therefore produces terrible guilt. The experience of guilt in the mind is unbearable. If it is true, it further condemns you to death and definitely demands your punishment. If you really did attack God, God is justified in attacking you back, and you agree with his right to do so because it aligns with your belief that you were successful. You then recognize that by being guilty, you will be punished, and must be punished. You believe you deserve this punishment and that it is justified. Your own belief in this makes you afraid it will come.

Fear

Given you are guilty of sin, and guilt demands punishment, you are now afraid that you will be punished. You yourself even believe you deserve this punishment, recognizing that God is justified in revenge for what you did. Your own belief in your own guilt will also give rise to your own desire to punish yourself. You believe you are worthy of this punishment and you will allow it. Your own planned destruction of yourself - your death wish - frightens you. With sin in the past, and guilt in the present, punishment appears to be in the future. You become afraid that punishment is going to happen, and are even more afraid when it seems to loom on the horizon or approach you. This fear of punishment coming to attack you from outside of you, makes you believe that your fear is being caused by those sources of punishment. Fear is only caused by your guilt, but it projects outward as a further disowning of responsibility. As fear increases, backed by your desire to enact God's revenge upon yourself, you deliberately make events happen which cause you to suffer. This produces experiences of punishment and suffering. What appears as being abused by someone separate from you, is really your own plan for self abuse playing out.

Punishment

Having found yourself guilty and believing you deserve to "atone" for it, with a payment of death, you set about orchestrating your own end. You bring this about by forcing events to transpire in which you are attacked. This can take many forms, and each of them will appear to be caused by anyone other than yourself. Fear has projected the cause of punishment away from you, and now the whole world has come to decide your fate. As a victim of the world you see, punishment is inevitable. If you are at the effect of the world, believing and using it against yourself, sooner or later it will victimize you. This will cause you to experience forms of punishment, which may range from verbal abuse to outright murder. It may show up as physical sickness, disease, disability or limitation. It may reveal itself as pain or emotional suffering. All of its forms are designed to identify you with the body and therefore prepare you for a final attack. If your body is damaged and you cease to live, the Son of God has finally been destroyed and God has been proven to be powerless over sin. Punishment is a fake attempt to atone for sin, and you believe that suffering is justified and should be increased. If you suffer enough, perhaps you will make up for your crime, except that, mere suffering is never enough. Punishment demands that you receive exactly what you did to God, that you completely surrender to an external power, which will then attack and destroy you. This is an attempt to make up for what you did.

Death

Punishment in all its forms is a precursor or part of the onset of death. Death is an expression of the complete end of the existence of God and His Son. It is a profound denial that Eternal Life is the truth. It denies that Life is eternal and attempts to render the Son of God lifeless. It appears to be a final sacrifice, coming by the swift hand of someone not yourself. It seems you do not choose it, yet you arrange for it yourself. If the Son of God dies as a body, then all is lost and the separation from God is complete. You thereby believe that death is an exit from the realm which God occupies, and is finally the completion of your attempt to fully cut yourself off from His existence. You reason that on the other side of death, you will finally gain independence, entering into a world of your own where God has absolutely no power or presence. The world was made as a stepping stone to prepare for this departure, shutting out God using form and creating the illusion He does not exist. Upon death, the final statement is made - the Son of God is absolutely separate from His Father. What was the Life of God, is now lifeless, and therefore unlike God in every way. However, death is nothing more than an illusion, a denial that Life is Eternal and that separation is both insane and impossible. Death cannot change the truth, it can only pretend it is not true. Hence following its symbol, life continues unaffected. The Son of God cannot die and death is failure to succeed at separation. There is no way to be separate from God in reality, and therefore death is not real or permanent.

Resurrection

Resurrection is possible because death is only denial. Denial can be undone. Death can be reversed. The Son of God can be brought back to Life - to God. Death is not the irreversible conclusion of sin. Death holds no power over the Son of God, or the Holy Spirit. Literally, death can be reversed and undone, all suffering from punishment healed, all fear eliminated, all guilt rendered unjustified, all sin shown to be nothing but a lie, and the separation itself revealed to have never happened in Reality. Atonement is the true completion of this process. It is the recognition that a dream of death is over, and the actors in the performance may now unmask themselves and take a bow. The return to God is a return to Life, to Love, to your Home in Heaven, and to Eternal Happiness. Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists, herein lies the peace of God.

The Purification Process

With this tool, you will begin at the stage of separation you are mostly relating to or conscious of now, and then retrace your steps through the underlying stages. What you may not realize initially is that there are unconscious beliefs which must be acknowledged and undone, in order to undo what you are experiencing now, because they are causing your experience. In this tool, the underlying stages are presented BELOW the stage you are currently at on the page. You should proceed through all remaining stages until you arrive in the Atonement at the final stage - Reunion with God.

This is important because forgiveness is only "complete" when you can accept the Atonement. Only if nothing happened and real sin has not occurred can you believe you are forgiven, and that only comes after undoing the various stages of separation which are "blocks to awareness". Learn more about what Forgiveness and Atonement really mean.

What Forgiveness and Atonement really mean in A Course in Miracles

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Forgiveness

In A Course in Miracles, forgiveness is not the process that you go through to undo illusions or to shift perception. It is actually the state that you arrive in when you have finished that process. The process of undoing illusions is referred to as "purification", as in "miracles are everyone's right, but purification is necessary first."

This tool focuses on the purification process which brings you TO a state of mind in which you accept and perceive that forgiveness is true. Prior to that, when you are still believing that punishment, fear, guilt, sin or separation are true or real, you are not fully forgiving.

This means that you must take your process all the way from what you are currently experiencing, all the way past these stages to a reunion with the Mind of God. It is only at the end that you are capable of truly perceiving that "all is forgiven and released."

Forgiveness in ACIM means that there is literally nothing TO forgive, because you recognize that real sin or separation has not happened in reality. Forgiveness is a forgiving attitude, which is so forgiving that it doesn't even begin to condemn or judge, and does not even perceive that something "needs to be forgiven." It would only even see that there is something in need of forgiveness, IF it had judged it and attacked it instead of being forgiving toward it in the first place, which is a failure to forgive.

Forgiveness looks upon you and your brother and recognizes that sin is not real, and in that view all of your so-called sins are forgiven. Forgiveness does not SEE errors, because it does not MAKE errors. The forgiving mind is responsible for maintaining a perceptual attitude of forgiveness, SO THAT it does not make errors.

If it were to fail to forgive, it would create errors in perception, which would lead to judgement, which would then require an undoing process of purification to return TO a forgiving mind. "He who would not forgive must judge, to justify his failure to forgive."

You will not be able to fully accept that forgiveness is the truth, and you will not truly believe it is justified, if you have a belief in death, punishment, fear, guilt, sin or separation. ALL of those beliefs must be undone, in relation to whatever topic you are working on healing. Believing in these things pulls your conviction away from forgiveness and makes you unforgiving. These beliefs MUST be let go in order to return to a state of pure forgiveness.

Forgiveness then is not so much something that you "do" to fix errors, it is something that you ARE when free of errors, in order to prevent errors from happening.

It is a recognition that real sin did not happen, and separation has not occurred in reality. Forgiveness is still and waits and does nothing. It is a state of mind shared by the Holy Spirit and doesn't even begin to enter into illusions or deal with them.

Forgiveness is pro-active, in that it fore-gives, ie gives ahead of time, so that the NEED to forgive something does not arise. It is a pro-active expression of love, which shines away darkness, making it impossible for darkness to arise. If darkness were to arise, through a failure to BE forgiving, purification would be required to restore your natural function of forgiveness.

This is why your function is forgiveness. It is your natural state of awakened being to have a wholly forgiving attitude, which maintains and extends God's Kingdom and does not attack it.

When you are not being forgiving, you are being unforgiving. You have an "unforgiving attitude". That can of course be refered to in several ways such as being vicious, attacking, blameful, hurtful, etc. These are the attitudes which must be undone through purification (such as the steps of this tool) in order to RESTORE your forgiving attitude.

Any process of purification MUST undo all of the stages of separation so that you end up IN a state of perfect forgiveness, which is the same state as the Atonement. Even if you think your problem is just fear, you also MUST have a problem of guilt and sin and separation hidden underneath it and made unconscious. Only in undoing all of these defenses and blocks to awareness will you be ABLE and WILLING to accept that the Atonement is the truth, having undone every belief to the contrary.

Atonement

Atonement is the same state of mind shared by the Holy Spirit in which forgiveness exists as whole and complete. It is a state of awareness of being One with God, in full and complete acceptance that absolutely nothing has happened in reality or in truth.

It recognizes that illusions are just illusions and do not exist. It sees with clarity that there is no ego, separation has not happened in reality, it is true that you have not really sinned, and your innocence has not really even been affected at all.

It also therefore recognizes that God's view of you remains a consistent recognition that you are 100% innocent, holy, loveable and worthwhile, deserving God's love simply because you have never really done anything wrong to change His Mind about you.

Atonement is the pure truth, supported and maintained by complete forgiveness. However, you will not be willing, ready, or able to accept and experience it while you continue to believe in the ego's stages of separation.

If you believe that sin is real, you do not fully believe that God is real. If you believe that you really are guilty, you will not be able to see or accept your innocence. If you believe that something really did happen to separate you from God, it will keep you from realizing that the Atonement is true. If you believe that death is real, you do not believe in resurrection or Eternal Life. Only after you have undone all of your false beliefs which defend against the truth, will you actually be convinced and willing and able to ACCEPT that the Atonement is actually TRUE. Your willingness will reflect in whatever you believe in.

If you believe you sinned and are guilty, you will believe you are worthy of sin and guilt, and not worthy of unconditional love. You will reject that love even if offered (and it is always offered). You will not be able to accept that love or receive it while you are actively blocking it with stages of separation.

However, once removed, those blocks to awareness will no longer cause distortions of perception, which lead you to believe that you are correct in disbelieving God's truth. A distorted perception shows you a situation with the truth missing, causing you to come to false conclusions which are insane, which result in you projecting the cause of the problem outside of you to try to "make sense" out of what you are perceiving. In that perception you do not seem to be the cause of the problem at all because you are unconscious.

Having gained clarity and awareness of what the truth is, you will become willing to accept that it makes sense and IS acceptable, and will therefore allow it into your Mind.

You will then experience the Atonement as remembering and awakening to the fact that you never left Home at all, you never sinned and nothing has really happened. This is actually true, because the entire content of the separation is just a fantasy illusion.

Once you are willing and able to accept that what the Atonement says is true, you will actually be willing to allow yourself to be with God and to be loved by Him again. And your willingness to do so is your decision to return to Him in a grand reuinion.

Any forgiveness "process" (really a purification process) must lead you all the way to "atonement readiness" at the end, otherwise it stops short of Heaven's gates and doesn't take you inside. Only when forgiveness is complete and whole and true are you squarely IN the Atonement and therefore in God.

This tool will guide you through the undoing of the stages of separation which block your awareness and hold your belief in God hostage. Having released yourself from these beliefs/chains, you will be free and willing and able to accept the Atonement again and set yourself free from the nightmare you once thought was real.

Each stage of separation shares similar properties.

All stages are defenses against the previous stage, all stages project the cause of themselves outward and claim to be caused by something external, all stages make the previous stage unconscious, and all stages require your belief that they are true and real in order to maintain them. Learn more about how the stages of separation are similar.

How each stage of separation is similar

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  • Each stage makes the previous stage unconscious by shifting attention away from itself, believing that its "effects" are actually independent "causes" in their own right.
  • Each stage is a defense and protection against the previous stage.
  • Each stage when causing the next stage, produces an interlocking chain of condemnation, which continues all the way from sin to death.
  • Each stage has an additional layer of defenses which project the cause of the stage outward, blocking you from looking directly at it.
  • Each stage has a story about what has caused this stage, and is always based in something separate and external, which is not the cause at all.
  • Each stage seems to cause other things to happen, and each stage seems to be caused BY other things.
  • Each stage is not being caused by anything other than the previous stage. Each stage is just an effect of the previous one.
  • Each stage seems to be real and you believe in it, and so you want to keep it and protect it because you believe it is the truth.
  • Each stage is not real and has no truth or power to it whatsoever, being just an effect.
  • Each stage when recognized as an effect, can be followed back to the stage which caused it, bringing that previous stage out of unconsciousness into conscious awareness.
  • Each stage can be completely undone and let go and recognized as having no truth and no reality.
  • Each stage is a stepping stone leading back to the truth of the Atonement, proving that nothing happened, and setting you free.

Identify the problem or topic you want to heal

Focus on the topic or problem that you need to heal. It might be a person or an event or some other experience that seems to be happening. Just focus on what it appears to be on the surface, ie what you believe it is "about" or what you have a problem with at the moment.

To help you to focus on undoing this problem, you can optionally "name" the problem in the box below. This will automatically insert the name into the wording of the process. It should read well in a sentence such as "I forgive [...] for hurting me". If it relates to a specific person, enter their name (e.g. Fred, Sarah). You can use a capital first letter. For informal naming use lower-case. Examples: my body, my husband, money, government, this cancer, my daughter, this pain, Simon, Susan, etc.

If you'd prefer to do a general process keeping your topic in mind, leave the box empty (it will say "Enter your custom wording...")

Topic:
No specific wording chosen.

What are you directly experiencing now?

You should also identify what you are mainly experiencing in relation to "this topic", so that you determine where to start your forgiveness process. Help me to identify what I'm experiencing.

Help me to identify what I'm experiencing about this

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Read through the following list of characteristics to identify which stage you are mainly experiencing right now, given that previous stages are unconscious and future stages have not established themselves yet.

Whichever stage you can most currently relate to FIRST on the list, this is the stage at which you should begin applying forgiveness. You will be working your way through the undoing of the remaining stages using the forgiveness process. Stop when you feel you resonate with one of these stages and then choose this stage from the menu below to begin forgiving yourself.

Punishment

Something is attacking or has attacked me. Things are happening to me against my will. I am experiencing physical symptoms or emotional pain. Something is wrong with my body. I have sickness or pain. I am directly suffering in some way and I can't stop it. What I feared has happened. I am dying or depressed or suicidal or hopeless. I am completely stuck. I have been victimized and hurt or offended by this. If you are experiencing some of this, start forgiving it

Fear

I am afraid that something bad is going to happen with this, but it may not necessarily have happened yet. I believe it is likely to happen. Punishment from this seems to be in the future. I'm afraid of what this might do to me or what might happen. I believe someone is going to do something to me. I feel threatened, scared, anxious, nervous, doubtful or afraid. I have a sense of dread. I keep avoiding things. I feel paralized by fear of this. If you are experiencing some of this, start forgiving it

Guilt

I feel guilty or ashamed, believing that I did something wrong. I believe I hurt someone or something. I believe I did something and I shouldn't have. I have regret or remorse. I feel like hiding because I don't feel good about yourself. I feel like a target and everyone knows or suspects what I did. I can't trust anyone. I am down on myself or being hard on myself. I want to be forgiven by someone. If you are experiencing some of this, start forgiving it

Sin

I believe I really did something bad. I believe it's created harm and damage which can't be reversed. I have caused someone to suffer. I made a major mistake. I broke something. Everything has gone wrong. I feel rejected or abandoned. There's no way to reuinite with whoever did it to me. I feel hopeless to repair the damage. I believe the events actually took place and that it was real. I believe there is proof and evidence that it happened, because it has produced real-seeming effects which seem obvious and undeniable. If you are experiencing some of this, start forgiving this

Separation

I am not experiencing God. I believe I'm separate from God. I don't believe I am innocent or forgiven. I am unworthy of unconditional love. I have forgotten who I really am. I feel lost and alone, lonely and forgotten, abandoned by God. I see myself as a separate individual depending on myself. If true, start forgiving it

God

I am aware of God's Presence. I am receiving God's healing love. I share God's view of me as innocent and forgiven. I see myself as worthy of God's love. I do not believe in sin or separation. I feel joyful and grateful and happy. God is forgiven. I know that nothing has gone wrong in reality. I recognize reality is unharmed by separation and everything is okay. I am at peace with God and overjoyed. If you are experiencing some of this, you're already done!

Click the relevant option from the menu below to start working through the forgiveness process, starting with your present experience. If for example you are mostly experiencing fear, start with "Undoing Fear". Then proceed with Undoing Guilt, Undoing Sin, Undoing Separation, and finally Reunion with God. Whichever stage you begin at, go through all the stages to the end, in order to accept the Atonement. Only in the final stage is forgiveness fully accepted as true and complete.

Undoing Punishment

Learn about the purpose of punishment, or continue with undoing it...

What is the purpose of punishment?

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Punishment proves and enacts the belief that you deserve to die. In it, the ego's version of atonement comes to make you "pay" for the sin you committed. Because you believe you sinned, you believe you are worthy of this punishment. Your fear has organized it and prepared you for it and beckoned it to come.

What you are afraid of you attract to you and punishment has been given as you have asked with fear. Although on the surface you resist the punishment happening, because it is hurtful, beneath the surface your belief in sinfulness welcomes it and makes you a passive recipient of it.

Fear has already paralized you and made you an obvious target. Punishment now comes to attack the target. Fear prepares the way for punishment to come, laying the groundwork for receiving it. In this process, the Holy Son of God is bound more closely to that which can perish. The body is the target, and suffering would come to it in an attempt to pull the mind of the Son of God into the body.

Pain and suffering make the body a strong distraction, absorbing attention and reminding you frequently of what you seem to be. In sickness, really a defense against the truth, you will then become absorbed with the body's condition, in order not to look at the real problem.

Sickness and suffering have been implemented by you as a defense against the truth, in an attempt to bind the Son of God to form. The more closely your identity is associated with the body, which is intensified through suffering, the more you lose sight of your immortal reality and fixate on mortality. If the body can then be attacked with the Son of God thoroughly identified with it, then the Son of God can seem to be destroyed.

You can liken the body to the "cross" on which the Son of God is crucified. When the Son of God is "nailed to the cross", as in, attached to and identified with the body, He seems to become that which can be attacked and killed. As the body then dies (which is an illusion of death), He would appear to die along with it. This is the evil sacrifice that the ego mind is attempting to accomplish through punishment.

Your own belief in your own guilt forces you to agree that you deserve to be punished, and sets you up to make it happen to yourself. You organize and arrange for something to happen to you so that you appear to not be the one who asked for it. With your guilt made unconscious and your fear quickly giving way to experiential suffering, it seems it is true that you are being victimized against your will, even though it is your unconscious will that is making this happen to you.

You seem justified in blaming the cause of the attack on whichever source seems to implement it, only because you have blocked awareness of your own death wish and your own attempt at suicide. Any suffering no matter how small is an attempt to destroy yourself, implemented by those you hire to do the job for you, so that you will can remain anonymous.

Death is the ultimate self-attack, and no-body dies without their own consent. All death is suicide and there is no such thing as an accident or un-asked-for suffering. On some level, you are responsible for this punishment but you don't want to own it.

The way out is the undoing of the block which is in your mind, keeping you from admitting to what you are doing to yourself. It causes you to see yourself as mis-treated against your will, but in fact is your own ego's split will acting against itself. Becoming willing to admit to your participation in this punishment will set you on the road to freedom, resurrection and Eternal Life.

1. I don't seem to be responsible for causing this punishment. I believe others are making this real punishment happen to me against my will.

2. I have made a story about what is causing this punishment. Nothing about this story is true. It is not the true cause of this punishment. Others are not deciding for me that I should be punished.

3. I take back my power from every cause of this punishment. They have no power over me. I only needed this story to explain the cause of the punishment. I have no idea what is causing this punishment.

4. I believe in real punishment. I believe punishment is real and true and deserved. I want this punishment. This punishment is worth keeping.

5. I am the one who believes I deserve to be punished. I am the one who is punishing myself. Other people, my body and the world not the cause of punishment. They are innocent.

6. I do not deserve punishment. I am willing to let go of this belief in punishment. Punishment is not real. There is no such thing as real punishment. Punishment is not happening at all.

7. I realize this punishment is just an effect, not a cause. This punishment is not causing anything and it has no power over me. It is just an effect of my unconscious fear.

8. I admit to the truth, that my hidden fear is causing me to punish myself. I need to address the real problem. My fear is the problem here.

If it seems that this is not a deep enough undoing, and you still believe strongly in this punishment being real and deserved, you may wish to go deeper and more thoroughly undo this punishment.

I am willing to completely undo this punishment

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1. Identify your attitude of irresponsibility, disownership and denial: It appears others are making punishment happen to me against my will. I don't seem to be the cause of it. Someone or something else is punishing me. I don't want this punishment. It's got nothing to do with me. I didn't ask for this. I didn't choose it. I don't know why it's happening. It shouldn't be happening but it is. Someone or something is attacking me.

2. Identify that you believe it is real and is the real problem: It seems this punishment is really happening. I believe it is the real problem. I believe I need to do something about this. I need to stop this and make it go away. I want to control this and prevent it. If I don't stop it , it might become worse. If I can make it stop, I will achieve peace and safety. I must stop my enemies.

3. Identify the story you've invented about what is causing the punishment: I have an explanation for why this is happening. I believe I know who or what caused this. I believe I can find the cause in the external or in my body. If I search hard enough I will find the answer. There must be a reason for this. If I can find out the cause I can be free. The world or the body must be causing this. There must be something outside of me or in my body that is making this happen. Someone else is to blame. They did this to me.

4. Affirm that this story is not true and is not the cause of the problem: This punishment is not being caused by anyone else or by my body or anything in the world. Others are not punishing me against my will. I am not being punished or attacked by them or by my body or by the world. I am not at the effect of these causes . Others are not doing anything to me at all against my will. There is no truth to my story about who or what is causing this punishment. All of my ideas about what is causing this are not the answer. I have absolutely no idea what is really causing this punishment.

5. Take back your power from these artificial causes: I take back my power from these causes. They can have no power over me. They are incapable of effecting me in this way. The power in these causes is is my own power which I have separated myself from. I've been afraid of my own power. I take back my power and own it. I have the power to cause this punishment all on my own.

6. Realize you only needed this story because you are unaware of the real cause: I've been trying to explain what is causing this punishment. I am not aware of what's causing it. I'm unconscious of the cause of this. The cause is outside of my awareness. I will never find the cause of this while I remain unconscious. The cause could be something I never even considered. I do not know the real cause, I have no idea.

7. Admit that you believe punishment is real and true and worth keeping: I believe in punishment. I believe it is really happening. I believe there is truth in it. I am the one who believes in it. Regardless of whether anyone else believes in it, I believe in it. I want to protect it and keep it. I believe I am worthy of it. I believe I should be punished. Punishment is protecting me. It is my friend.

8. Become aware that you yourself believe you deserve this punishment: In my own mind I have a belief in punishment. I am believing that I deserve to be punished. I must be punishing myself. I am the one who is making me punished. I've been attacking myself with punishment. The punishment is not coming from anyone else. The punishment is not being caused by my body or the world. The punishment is coming from myself.

9. Affirm that all other causes or people are innocent because they are not the cause, you are: Others are not doing this to me. Nothing else is causing this punishment but me. I thought someone else was to blame. They were just showing me what I believed about myself. I agreed with their treatment of me. I wanted to be punished. I have been doing this to myself all along. They are not to blame. They are completely innocent and uninvolved. I alone am responsible for this punishment.

10. Affirm that you do not deserve punishment, you are not worthy of it and it is not real: This punishment is not real. It has no truth to it. I do not deserve it. I am not worthy of it. It does not define who I am. I am not punished. This punishment is not my identity. I do not believe in this punishment. This punishment has no power over me. I take back my power from this punishment. This punishment is completely false. This punishment is not real at all. It is not the truth. There is no such thing as real punishment. Real punishment is not happening. This is just an illusion of punishment. There is no real punishment here at all.

11. Become willing to let go of this belief in punishment and be open to a greater truth: I am willing to let go of this belief in punishment. I do not need this punishment. This punishment is defending me against the real cause of this punishment. I have no need for this any more. I surrender this belief that punishment is real. I surrender this belief that I am worthy of being punished. I let go of this defense against the truth. I would rather know what the true cause is.

12. Reframe this punishment as nothing other than an effect of a deeper problem: This punishment is not causing anything. This punishment is not doing anything to me. This punishment has no power over me. This punishment is an effect, not a cause. This punishment does not cause or mean anything whatsoever. This punishment is actually being caused by my unconscious fear. My unconscious fear is the only cause of this punishment. This punishment is just an effect of my fear and nothing more.

13. Recognize that this punishment is not the problem, my unconscious fear is: This punishment was just an effect of my fear. My fear was causing this punishment. I need to address my fear. I need to admit I am actually feeling afraid. I seem to believe I need to be afraid and deserve to be afraid. This fear is the real cause of my problem. I will undo this fear now and set myself free.

Are you now free from your belief in punishment? If it still seems to you that your belief in this punishment is in any way real or true, and your conscious awareness is still fixated on it, or you haven't become aware of and are not actually experiencing your fear yet, you might consider repeating the above steps as needed before moving on to the undoing of fear.

NEXT STEP: Now proceed with the following section on Undoing Fear, to continue the forgiveness process. Keep going all the way to the Atonement to experience Reuinion with God.

Undoing Fear

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What is the purpose of fear?

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Fear is a tool which you use to pretend someone else is the cause of harm, because of what you see. And what you see is considered objective reality. Fear hides from your perception the fact that you are choosing to look at the situation from a perspective which shows you an enemy.

It has been your decision to recognize your own sinfulness projected onto someone or something else. This is your own attempt to put as much distance between you and your sin as possible.

This results in your conscious mind perceiving that the threat of sin is separate from itself, portioned off and kept apart from its identity. This cause of destruction seems to be outside of you.

And yet it is your own visualization of the presence of an enemy, deliberately chosen, that is making you experience a reaction of fear. Having seen what seems to be a real danger, this justifies your evaluation that fear is appropriate.

It is your own choice to see in this way. You are literally doing this to yourself by choosing to believe in sin and are then seeing it as though it is within someone else.

Your fear appears to be justified by virtue of your belief that you are completely innocent, vulnerable, susceptible to attack, can be influenced and affected by an alien will, and your unwillingness to admit that you participate in events.

Your lack of awareness as to your own belief in your own guilt, which has placed a veil of fake innocence over your mind, makes you believe you couldn't possibly be the guilty one, and so this projected cause of sin must be unjustified in attacking you.

This gives you what seems like a sensible and justified basis for reacting in anger, seeing yourself as victimized, and believing that you did not ask for this treatment. It presents you with a scapegoat, an opportunity to project blame for your own sin onto someone not your self.

While you hold them hostage by your claim that they are the cause of your sin, you will experience a reaction of fear, having believed a real source of evil is out there.

While you recoil in a fear that you yourself are pretending is warranted, and are busy claiming you do not want this to happen, secretly you want to keep your scapegoat imprisoned so that they can be seen as the guilty one.

Your fear pretends that it is being made to be afraid by the attacker, and your faking of helplessness and weakness prove your lack of choice in the matter. You would portray yourself as the innocent victim, experiencing yourself as terrified on purpose, so that you benefit from finding another guilty of sin.

While you recoil and plot revenge and justify anger and accusation for what they then do to you, you secretly writhe in glee at how you have been able to portray another as the cause of your own sin.

Your suffering from punishment then seems justified, given that it reinforces your facade of innocence and maintains denial of the truth. Poor you, that you have an entire story now to explain why you must suffer, to keep your self-attack in place, and complete your plan of destruction.

Soon you would move on to asking for punishment, in order to complete your plan of self-attack and asuage yourself of your original sin. At least as a victim of death, you appear exonerated of your own crime. What could be worse than to suffer at the hands of an attack you appear not to want or choose?

Fear is a cover-up story, a lie, a pretense and a manipulation. You use it solely to pretend to be powerless to do anything about your situation. With this cherade, you make-believe you have no power at all, that choice is in another's hands, and you are victimized. As you suffer, you sadistically receive the torture, knowing you are worthy to die.

To find freedom from this, you must become willing to admit to what you've been doing, own up to your fake story of innocence and helplessness, own your power of choice and return to an awareness of what you've hidden from your mind - your belief that sin is real and that your crime is worthy of death.

1. I don't seem to be responsible for causing this fear. I believe others are making this real fear happen to me against my will.

2. I have made a story about what is causing this fear. Nothing about this story is true. It is not the true cause of this fear. Others are not deciding for me that I should be afraid.

3. I take back my power from every cause of this fear. They have no power over me. I only needed this story to explain the cause of the fear. I have no idea what is causing this fear.

4. I believe in real fear. I believe fear is real and true and deserved. I want this fear. This fear is worth keeping.

5. I am the one who believes I deserve to be afraid. I am the one who is making myself afraid. Other people, my body and the world are not the cause of fear. They are innocent.

6. I do not deserve fear. I am willing to let go of this belief in fear. Fear is not real. There is no such thing as real fear. Fear is not happening at all.

7. I realize this fear is just an effect, not a cause. This fear is not causing anything and it has no power over me. It is just an effect of my unconscious guilt.

8. I admit to the truth, that my hidden guilt is causing me to make myself afraid. I need to address the real problem. My guilt is the problem here.

If it seems that this is not a deep enough undoing, and you still believe strongly in this fear being real and deserved, you may wish to go deeper and more thoroughly undo this fear.

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1. Identify your attitude of irresponsibility, disownership and denial: It appears others are making fear happen to me against my will. I don't seem to be the cause of it. Someone or something else is making me afraid. I don't want this fear. It's got nothing to do with me. I didn't ask for this. I didn't choose it. I don't know why it's happening. It shouldn't be happening but it is. Someone or something is attacking me.

2. Identify that you believe it is real and is the real problem: It seems this fear is really happening. I believe it is the real problem. I believe I need to do something about this . I need to stop this and make it go away. I want to control this and prevent it . If I don't stop it, it might become worse. If I can make it stop, I will achieve peace and safety. I must stop my enemies.

3. Identify the story you've invented about what is causing the fear: I have an explanation for why this is happening. I believe I know who or what caused this. I believe I can find the cause in the world or in my body. If I search hard enough I will find the answer. There must be a reason for this. If I can find out the cause I can be free. The world or the body must be causing this. There must be something wrong in the world or in my body that's making this happen. Someone else is to blame. They did this to me.

4. Affirm that this story is not true and is not the cause of the problem: This fear is not being caused by anyone else or by my body or anything in the world. Others are not making me afraid against my will. I am not being made afraid or attacked by them or by my body or by the world. I am not at the effect of these causes. Others are not doing anything to me at all against my will. There is no truth to my story about who or what is causing this fear. All of my ideas about what is causing this are not the answer. I have absolutely no idea what is really causing this fear.

5. Take back your power from these artificial causes: I take back my power from these causes. They cannot have power over me. They are not capable of effecting me in this way. The power in these causes is my own power which I have separated myself from. I've been afraid of my own power. I take back my power and own it. I have the power to cause this fear all on my own.

6. Realize you only needed this story because you are unaware of the real cause: I've been trying to explain what is causing this fear. I am not aware of what's causing it. I'm unconscious of the cause of this. The cause is outside of my awareness. I will never find the cause of this while I remain unconscious. The cause could be something I never even considered. I do not know the real cause, I have no idea.

7. Admit that you believe fear is real and true and worth keeping: I believe in fear. I believe it is really happening. I believe there is truth in it. I am the one who believes in it. Regardless of whether anyone else believes in it, I believe in it. I want to protect it and keep it. I believe I am worthy of it. I believe I should be afraid. Fear is protecting me. It is my friend.

8. Become aware that you yourself believe you deserve this fear: In my own mind I have a belief in fear. I am believing that I deserve to be afraid. I must be making myself afraid. I am the one who is making me afraid. I've been attacking myself with fear. The fear is not coming from anyone else. The fear is not being caused by my body or the world. The fear is coming from myself.

9. Affirm that all other causes or people are innocent because they are not the cause, you are: Others are not doing this to me. Nothing else is causing this fear but me. I thought someone or something else was to blame. They were just showing me what I believed about myself. I agreed with their treatment of me. I wanted to be afraid. I have been doing this to myself all along. They are not to blame. They are completely innocent and uninvolved. I alone am responsible for this fear.

10. Affirm that you do not deserve fear, you are not worthy of it and it is not real: This fear is not real. It has no truth to it. I do not deserve it. I am not worthy of it. It does not define who I am. I am not afraid. This fear is not my identity. I do not believe in this fear. This fear has no power over me. I take back my power from this fear. This fear is completely false. This fear is not real at all. It is not the truth. There is no such thing as real fear. Real fear is not happening. This is just an illusion of fear. There is no real fear here at all.

11. Become willing to let go of this belief in fear and be open to a greater truth: I am willing to let go of this belief in fear. I do not need this fear. This fear is defending me against the real cause of this fear. I have no need for this any more. I surrender this belief that fear is real. I surrender this belief that I am worthy of being afraid. I let go of this defense against the truth. I would rather know what the true cause is.

12. Reframe this fear as nothing other than an effect of a deeper problem: This fear is not causing anything. This fear is not doing anything to me. This fear has no power over me. This fear is an effect, not a cause. This fear does not cause or mean anything whatsoever. This fear is actually being caused by my unconscious guilt. My unconscious guilt is the only cause of this fear. This fear is just an effect of my guilt and nothing more.

13. Recognize that this fear is not the problem, my unconscious guilt is: This fear was just an effect of my guilt. My guilt was causing this fear. I need to address my guilt. I need to admit I am actually feeling guilty. I seem to believe I need to be guilty and deserve to be guilty. This guilt is the real cause of my problem. I will undo this guilt now and set myself free.

Are you now free from your belief in fear? If it still seems to you that your belief in this fear is in any way real or true, and your conscious awareness is still fixated on it, or you haven't become aware of and are not actually experiencing your guilt yet, you might consider repeating the above steps as needed before moving on to the undoing of guilt.

NEXT STEP: Now proceed with the following section on Undoing Guilt, to continue the forgiveness process. Keep going all the way to the Atonement to experience Reuinion with God.

Undoing Guilt

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What is the purpose of guilt?

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Guilt is a replacement motivation for love, justifying action in the opposite direction from forgiveness. Sin has proved, in your belief, that you have succeeded in destroying God, Heaven, and your True Self. It finds you guilty of a crime, punishable by death.

Guilt is the verdict passed against you, which you pretend has been decided by God and not by yourself, claiming that you do not deserve forgiveness because your sin was real. It justifies and calls for punishment, and prepares the way for the the enactment of that punishment through fear of suffering.

Having chosen to believe that God has successfully been attacked, your own belief in this success justifies your further belief that God would be very understandably desiring for revenge.

Your own belief that God has been hurt automatically renders you of the belief that you are guilty and about to experience retaliation. An eye for an eye is the ego's motto.

Your guilt replaces all of the foundation for justified love and forgiveness, instructing that you cannot proceed backwards towards the undoing of sin because sin is has had irreversible effects.

An irreversible effect of sin is guilt, which it has caused. Guilt goes on to produce suffering and sickness. It is the implementation and effect of attack. It now justifies attack in response, and prepares the way for believing it must come.

It is the ownership and admittance that you are the one who caused God to end, and that therefore you are the one who will now experience the consequences.

Guilt demands punishment just as sin demands guilt. Guilt calls for your own acceptance of and willingness to inflict suffering upon yourself, seeing yourself as worthy of it.

Your guilt has damaged your sense of deserving love and forgiveness, and is a deliberate block to it. Instead, it calls for retribution and measures to "atone" for your sin.

You yourself have come to believe you are worthy of death, and you will enact it upon yourself. You might appear on the surface to be horrified about this and to make out that you do not want it, but you will welcome it with open arms because you see it as the truth about what you deserve. You will be the one to make sure you pay.

On the one hand, guilt is an experience as though you are horrified about what you did - that you attacked the One Love that was dearest to you. But on the other hand, maintaining this attitude denies the fact that you wanted this and that you had every intention of sinning from the beginning.

Your guilt is a cover-up for your deliberate attack and for your ongoing plot to separate yourself from God. It makes it seem as though you did not want to do it, because only in guilt do you appear to have made a mistake in sinning, as if now experiencing remorse and shame proves you didn't intend it.

This merely disguises the fact that you deliberately and consciously chose to sin, knowing the consequences, and did it anyway. Your guilt is the beginning of your attempt to create a facade of fake innocence, which will be completed when your guilt is hidden by denial.

While the guilt seems real and makes you sorrowful, it is a completely artificial position in which you claim to have not wanted to sin. It attempts to claim that God Himself finds you unworthy and deserving of punishment, having not decided on your own that you are guilty and ashamed.

How terrible what has happened, who could have done this to you?! You ask yourself this, and answer it using denial to create a persona of fake innocence, in which you appear to completely disown responsibility for this sin.

Guilt therefore blocks sin from awareness and moves sin into unconsciousness through denial. Your attempt to pretend to be guilty is a cover-story.

In effect, if you believe in your guilt, you are covering up the fact that you wanted to hurt God and yourself. It was your plan all along and you are not admitting to the truth.

To set yourself free from this fiction of suffering and unwanted repercussion, which can only lead to the implementation of your own punishment through similar disguises, you must become willing to admit to the truth - you wanted this, you got what you asked for, and now you are attempting to make your sin unconscious.

1. I don't seem to be responsible for causing this guilt. I believe others are making this real guilt happen to me against my will.

2. I have made a story about what is causing this guilt. Nothing about this story is true. It not the true cause of this guilt. Others are not deciding for me that I should be guilty.

3. I take back my power from every cause of this guilt. They have no power over me. I only needed this story to explain the cause of the guilt. I have no idea what is causing this guilt.

4. I believe in real guilt. I believe guilt is real and true and deserved. I want this guilt. This guilt is worth keeping.

5. I am the one who believes I deserve to be guilty. I am the one who is making myself guilty. Other people, my body and the world not the cause of guilt. They are innocent.

6. I do not deserve guilt. I am willing to let go of this belief in guilt. Guilt is not real. There is no such thing as real guilt. Guilt is not happening at all.

7. I realize this guilt is just an effect, not a cause. This guilt is not causing anything and it has no power over me. It is just an effect of my unconscious sin.

8. I admit to the truth, that my hidden sin is causing me to make myself guilty. I need to address the real problem. My sin is the problem here.

If it seems that this is not a deep enough undoing, and you still believe strongly in this guilt being real and deserved, you may wish to go deeper and more thoroughly undo this guilt.

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1. Identify your attitude of irresponsibility, disownership and denial: It appears others are making guilt happen to me against my will. I don't seem to be the cause of it. Someone or something else making me guilty. I don't want this guilt. It's got nothing to do with me. I didn't ask for this. I didn't choose it. I don't know why it's happening. It shouldn't be happening but it is. Someone or something is attacking me.

2. Identify that you believe it is real and is the real problem: It seems this guilt is really happening. I believe it is the real problem. I believe I need to do something about this. I need to stop this and make it go away. I want to control this and prevent it. If I don't stop it, it might become worse. If I can make it stop, I will achieve peace and safety. I must stop my enemies.

3. Identify the story you've invented about what is causing the guilt: I have an explanation for why this is happening. I believe I know who or what caused this. I believe I can find the cause outside of myself or in the body. If I search hard enough I will find the answer. There must be a reason for this. If I can find out the cause I can be free. The world or the body must be causing this. There must be something wrong in the world or in my body that's making this happen. Someone else is to blame. They did this to me.

4. Affirm that this story is not true and is not the cause of the problem: This guilt is not being caused by anyone or or my body or anything in the world. Others are not making me guilty against my will. I am not being made guilty or attacked by them or by my body or by the world. I am not at the effect of these causes. Others are not doing anything to me at all against my will. There is no truth to my story about who or what is causing this guilt. All of my ideas about what is causing this are not the answer. I have absolutely no idea what is really causing this guilt.

5. Take back your power from these artificial causes: I take back my power from these causes. They cannot have power over me. They are not capable of effecting me in this way. The power in these causes is my own power which I have separated myself from. I've been afraid of my own power. I take back my power and own it. I have the power to cause this guilt all on my own.

6. Realize you only needed this story because you are unaware of the real cause: I've been trying to explain what is causing this guilt. I am not aware of what's causing it. I'm unconscious of the cause of this. The cause is outside of my awareness. I will never find the cause of this while I remain unconscious. The cause could be something I never even considered. I do not know the real cause, I have no idea.

7. Admit that you believe guilt is real and true and worth keeping: I believe in guilt. I believe it is really happening. I believe there is truth in it. I am the one who believes in it. Regardless of whether anyone else believes in it, I believe in it. I want to protect it and keep it. I believe I am worthy of it. I believe I should be guilty. Guilt is protecting me. It is my friend.

8. Become aware that you yourself believe you deserve this guilt: In my own mind I have a belief in guilt. I am believing that I deserve to be guilty. I must be making myself guilty. I am the one who is making me guilty. I've been attacking myself with guilt. The guilt is not coming from anyone else. The guilt is not being caused by my body or the world. The guilt is coming from myself.

9. Affirm that all other causes or people are innocent because they are not the cause, you are: Others are not doing this to me. Others are not causing this guilt but me. I thought someone or something else was to blame. They were just showing me what I believed about myself. I agreed with their treatment of me. I wanted to be guilty. I have been doing this to myself all along. They are not to blame. They are completely innocent and uninvolved. I alone am responsible for this guilt.

10. Affirm that you do not deserve guilt, you are not worthy of it and it is not real: This guilt is not real. It has no truth to it. I do not deserve it. I am not worthy of it. It does not define who I am. I am not guilty. This guilt is not my identity. I do not believe in this guilt. This guilt has no power over me. I take back my power from this guilt. This guilt is completely false. This guilt is not real at all. It is not the truth. There is no such thing as real guilt. Real guilt is not happening. This is just an illusion of guilt. There is no real guilt here at all.

11. Become willing to let go of this belief in guilt and be open to a greater truth: I am willing to let go of this belief in guilt. I do not need this guilt. This guilt is defending me against the real cause of this guilt. I have no need for this any more. I surrender this belief that guilt is real. I surrender this belief that I am worthy of being guilty. I let go of this defense against the truth. I would rather know what the true cause is.

12. Reframe this guilt as nothing other than an effect of a deeper problem: This guilt is not causing anything. This guilt is not doing anything to me. This guilt has no power over me. This guilt is an effect, not a cause. This guilt does not cause or mean anything whatsoever. This guilt is actually being caused by my unconscious sin. My unconscious sin is the only cause of this guilt. This guilt is just an effect of my sin and nothing more.

13. Recognize that this guilt is not the problem, my unconscious sin is: This guilt was just an effect of my sin. My sin was causing this guilt. I need to address my sin. I need to admit I am actually feeling sinful. I seem to believe I need to be sinful and deserve to be sinful. This sin is the real cause of my problem. I will undo this sin now and set myself free.

Are you now free from your belief in guilt? If it still seems to you that your belief in this guilt is in any way real or true, and your conscious awareness is still fixated on it, or you haven't become aware of and are not actually experiencing your sin yet, you might consider repeating the above steps as needed before moving on to the undoing of sin.

NEXT STEP: Now proceed with the following section on Undoing Sin, to continue the forgiveness process. Keep going all the way to the Atonement to experience Reuinion with God.

Undoing Sin

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What is the purpose of sin?

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Sin is your claim that the separation from God is real and has caused consequences, the effect of which is that God has been affected. You believe that you have attacked God and destroyed Him and removed Him from existence.

Sin has pushed Heaven away, has separated you from your Real Identity, cast you in darkness, made you empty of God, and has prepared the way for the establishing of your own private reality.

It is the belief that what has happened is true, with reality to prove it. It suggests reality itself has been caused or affected by what you did, changed irrevocably, and made to be different than it was.

Therefore you enter into an apparent experience where nothing is as it was before, your entire existence has been transformed, and God no longer seems present.

In this state, you relegate the act you performed into what now appears to be the past, which is your attempt to push it behind you out of conscious awareness, with no turning back. If you can secure it in the past, as though it has been an irreversible act with real effects which cannot be undone, it maintains the state of separation as though impossible to reverse.

With sin the past, guilt will next be experienced in the present, leading to a fear of punishment in the future. Thus have you invented a "space" of emptiness in which God does not exist, and a "timeline" in which events can be said to happen, laying the foundation for the make-believe physical universe to unfold.

Your sin implements the authority problem, having attempted to act like God without God's participation. In sin, your causality appears to be able to decide for God what God is, to make Him change His mind about you, to create effects in Him against His Will, and overthrow His Will entirely.

Because of this, you rationalize that you are justified in being a separate individual, who might as well fend for Himself, now that God is out of the picture and you are alone and separate.

Your statement of sin renders you an individual, a separate consciousness, in which your identity has been modified from Holy and Innocent to Sinful and deserving of death.

Sin is the pivotal concept, the point at which you make-believe you can do all of this in reality and in truth. It is your attempt to pretend it is possible that the effects caused by sin have actually happened, even thought they have no power over God at all.

Sin is therefore an attempt to deny that God cannot be hurt, to strip God of God's invulnerability and immortality, and to create a blank canvas on which you can paint your own existence and reinvent yourself.

It is the denial of God, the belief that separation is true and has been implemented. It attempts to shut out of awareness the truth that separation is not real and cannot happen in Reality.

This claim that you've sinned will be experienced as though you are sinful, which you may pretend not to want as you progress into guilt, disguising your deliberate act as though you didn't ask for it.

You then can blame the separation on God, find Him guilty and unworthy, accuse Him of abandoning you, portray Him as hurtful and justify your belief that it is God's will you be punished.

All of this belief in real sin makes illusions of separation seem like reality. It gives weight to events as though they are really happening, and makes fictional scenarios in which you can seem to suffer.

This belief you must undo, like the rest that follow, if you are to be free of the lie that a separation from God is not only possible but that it is constantly occuring. Sin is denial that separation is impossible.

To access the truth, you must be willing to give up the belief that sin is real, and realize it has NOT happened in or to reality, that your innocence has NOT been affected, and that God still finds you worthy of His Love.

1. I don't seem to be responsible for causing this sin. I believe others are making this real sin happen to me against my will.

2. I have made a story about what is causing this sin. Nothing about this story is true. It is not the true cause of this sin. Others are not deciding for me that I should be sinful.

3. I take back my power from every cause of this sin. They have no power over me. I only needed this story to explain the cause of the sin. I have no idea what is causing this sin.

4. I believe in real sin. I believe sin is real and true and deserved. I want this sin. This sin is worth keeping.

5. I am the one who believes I deserve to be sinful. I am the one who is making myself sinful. Other people, my body and the world are not the cause of sin. They are innocent.

6. I do not deserve sin. I am willing to let go of this belief in sin. Sin is not real. There is no such thing as real sin. Sin is not happening at all.

7. I realize this sin is just an effect, not a cause. This sin is not causing anything and it has no power over me. It is just an effect of my unconscious belief in separation.

8. I admit to the truth, that my hidden belief in separation is causing me to make myself sinful. I need to address the real problem. My belief in separation is the problem here.

If it seems that this is not a deep enough undoing, and you still believe strongly in this sin being real and deserved, you may wish to go deeper and more thoroughly undo this sin.

I am willing to completely undo this sin

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1. Identify your attitude of irresponsibility, disownership and denial: It appears others are making sin happen to me against my will. I don't seem to be the cause of it. Someone or something else is making me sinful. I don't want this sin. It's got nothing to do with me. I didn't ask for this. I didn't choose it. I don't know why it's happening. It shouldn't be happening but it is. Someone or something is attacking me.

2. Identify that you believe it is real and is the real problem: It seems this sin is really happening. I believe it is the real problem. I believe I need to do something about this. I need to stop this and make it go away. I want to control this and prevent it. If I don't stop it, it might become worse. If I can make it stop, I will achieve peace and safety. I must stop my enemies.

3. Identify the story you've invented about what is causing the sin: I have an explanation for why this is happening. I believe I know who or what caused this. I believe I can find the cause in the world or in my body. If I search hard enough I will find the answer. There must be a reason for this. If I can find out the cause I can be free. The world or the body must be causing this. There must be something wrong with the world or with my body that's making this happen. Someone else is to blame. They did this to me.

4. Affirm that this story is not true and is not the cause of the problem: This sin is not being caused by anyone else or my body or anything in the world. Others are not making me sinful against my will. I am not being made sinful or attacked by them or by my body or by the world. I am not at the effect of these causes. Others are not doing anything to me at all against my will. There is no truth to my story about who or what is causing this sin. All of my ideas about what is causing this are not the answer. I have absolutely no idea what is really causing this sin.

5. Take back your power from these artificial causes: I take back my power from these causes. They cannot have power over me. They are not capable of effecting me in this way. The power in these causes is my own power which I have separated myself from. I've been afraid of my own power. I take back my power and own it. I have the power to cause this sin all on my own.

6. Realize you only needed this story because you are unaware of the real cause: I've been trying to explain what is causing this sin. I am not aware of what's causing it. I'm unconscious of the cause of this. The cause is outside of my awareness. I will never find the cause of this while I remain unconscious. The cause could be something I never even considered. I do not know the real cause, I have no idea.

7. Admit that you believe sin is real and true and worth keeping: I believe in sin. I believe it is really happening. I believe there is truth in it. I am the one who believes in it. Regardless of whether anyone else believes in it, I believe in it. I want to protect it and keep it. I believe I am worthy of it. I believe I should be sinful. Sin is protecting me. It is my friend.

8. Become aware that you yourself believe you deserve this sin: In my own mind I have a belief in sin. I am believing that I deserve to be sinful. I must be making myself sinful. I am the one who is making me sinful. I've been attacking myself with sin. The sin is not coming from anyone else. The sin is not being caused by my body or the world. The sin is coming from myself.

9. Affirm that all other causes or people are innocent because they are not the cause, you are: Others are not doing this to me. Nothing else is causing this sin but me. I thought someone or something else was to blame. They were just showing me what I believed about myself. I agreed with their treatment of me. I wanted to be sinful. I have been doing this to myself all along. They are not to blame. They are completely innocent and uninvolved. I alone am responsible for this sin.

10. Affirm that you do not deserve sin, you are not worthy of it and it is not real: This sin is not real. It has no truth to it. I do not deserve it. I am not worthy of it. It does not define who I am. I am not sinful. This sin is not my identity. I do not believe in this sin. This sin has no power over me. I take back my power from this sin. This sin is completely false. This sin is not real at all. It is not the truth. There is no such thing as real sin. Real sin is not happening. This is just an illusion of sin. There is no real sin here at all.

11. Become willing to let go of this belief in sin and be open to a greater truth: I am willing to let go of this belief in sin. I do not need this sin. This sin is defending me against the real cause of this sin. I have no need for this any more. I surrender this belief that sin is real. I surrender this belief that I am worthy of being sinful. I let go of this defense against the truth. I would rather know what the true cause is.

12. Reframe this sin as nothing other than an effect of a deeper problem: This sin is not causing anything. This sin is not doing anything to me. This sin has no power over me. This sin is an effect, not a cause. This sin does not cause or mean anything whatsoever. This sin is actually being caused by my unconscious belief in separation. My unconscious belief in separation is the only cause of this sin. This sin is just an effect of my separation and nothing more.

13. Recognize that this sin is not the problem, my unconscious belief in separation is: This sin was just an effect of my belief in separation. My separation was causing this sin. I need to address my separation from God. I need to admit I am actually feeling separate. I seem to believe I need to be separate and deserve to be separate. This separation is the real cause of my problem. I will undo this separation now and set myself free.

Are you now free from your belief in sin? If it still seems to you that your belief in this sin is in any way real or true, and your conscious awareness is still fixated on it, or you haven't become aware of and are not actually experiencing your separation yet, you might consider repeating the above steps as needed before moving on to the undoing of separation.

NEXT STEP: Now proceed with the following section on Undoing Separation from God, to continue the forgiveness process. Keep going all the way to the Atonement to experience Reuinion with God.

Undoing Separation from myself and God

Learn about the purpose of separation, or continue with undoing it...

What is the purpose of separation?

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Separation is a mad, impossible idea, that there can be separation from what is. A way to locate yourself away from God in some other place of reality, in which God does not exist.

Within this one idea are all the rest, including the conclusion of the idea in death, which proves that God, His Creation and His Son have been completely eliminated from existence.

With nowhere to go, and it being impossible to escape from God's awareness, separation must be an insane, impossible idea. You cannot split God apart and you cannot affect His Will to be whole forever.

To believe in separation is to believe that God can be compartmentalized, and that your own Self can be rejected, allowing you to participate in a make-believe fantasy performance that you are not yourself.

The separation idea is utterly impossible and cannot happen in truth. There is nowhere that it has actually occurred, having no real effects whatsoever on anything Real. God has not been affected.

Separation is merely a wish, a dream, an idea in the mind, a "what if it were possible?" question. It is a wondering what it might be like to be separate, without actually being separate, like a daydream about a future vacation.

As a question, it is the beginning of an attempt to bring into doubt that which is certain, to undermine reality and to create fear as an alternative to love.

The idea does nothing, goes nowhere, and has no effects. Yet you come to believe it in your imagination, as though it could be possible, trying to convince yourself that it has truth to it.

This thus becomes a concept of sin, where you are telling yourself the lie that you actually have separated and that separation is possible.

This delusion is utterly impossible and has not in any real way taken place in God or anywhere else. You have not separated from God and you have not left God. You are just DREAMING of exile.

The dreaming will end and you will awaken into the awareness that separation cannot happen and does not exist. This is the Atonement. The Atonement is the goal of all processes of mind correction and is the culmination of forgiveness.

Separation is not real. Until you admit this fact you will seem to suffer willingly. Your way out to freedom is reuinion with God and admitting to the truth that separation cannot happen because it is not God's Will that He be separate from You.

1. I don't seem to be responsible for causing this separation from God. I believe others are making me separate from God against my will.

2. I have made a story about what is causing this separation from God. I also think God caused it. Nothing about this story is true. God is not the true cause of this separation and nor is anyone else . Neither God nor anyone is deciding for me that I should be separate.

3. I take back my power from every cause of this separation from God. They have no power over me. I only needed this story to explain the cause of the separation from God. I have no idea what is causing this separation from God.

4. I believe in real separation. I believe separation is real and true and deserved. I want this separation from God. This separation is worth keeping.

5. I am the one who believes I deserve to be separate from God. I am the one who is making myself separate from God. Other people, my body, the world and God are not the cause of separation. Everyone is innocent including God.

6. I do not deserve separation from God. I am willing to let go of this belief in separation from God. Separation from God is not real and has not happened. There is no such thing as real separation from God. Separation from God is not happening at all.

7. I realize this separation from God is just an effect, not a cause. This separation is not causing anything and it has no power over me. It is just an effect of my tiny mad idea.

8. I admit to the truth, that I am not separate from myself or God in any way. I need to reunite with myself and God. My belief in God is the answer here.

If it seems that this is not a deep enough undoing, and you still believe strongly in this separation being real and deserved, you may wish to go deeper and more thoroughly undo this separation from God.

I am willing to completely undo this separation from God

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1. Identify your attitude of irresponsibility, disownership and denial: It appears others are making separation from God happen to me against my will. I don't seem to be the cause of it. God and others are making me separate. I don't want this separation from God and others. It's got nothing to do with me. I didn't ask for this. I didn't choose it. I don't know why it's happening. It shouldn't be happening but it is. God and others are attacking me.

2. Identify that you believe it is real and is the real problem: It seems this separation from God and myself is really happening. I believe it is the real problem. I believe I need to do something about this. I need to stop this and make it go away. I want to control this and prevent it. If I don't stop it, it might become worse. If I can make it stop, I will achieve peace and safety. I must stop my enemy.

3. Identify the story you've invented about what is causing the separation from God: I have an explanation for why this is happening. I believe I know who or what caused this. I believe I can find the cause in God or in myself. If I search hard enough I will find the answer. There must be a reason for this. If I can find out the cause I can be free. God must be causing this. There must be something wrong with God that's making this happen. God is to blame. God did this to me.

4. Affirm that this story is not true and is not the cause of the problem: This separation from God is not being caused by God or anything else. God is not making me separate against my will. I am not being made separate or attacked by God or anyone. I am not at the effect of this cause. God is not doing anything to me at all against my will. There is no truth to my story about God causing this separation. All of my ideas about what is causing this are not the answer. I have absolutely no idea what is really causing this separation from God.

5. Take back your power from these artificial causes: I take back my power from these causes. None of them have power over me. None of them are capable of effecting me in this way. The power in these causes is my own power which I have separated myself from. I've been afraid of my own power. I take back my power and own it. I have the power to cause this separation from God all on my own.

6. Realize you only needed this story because you are unaware of the real cause: I've been trying to explain what is causing this separation from God. I am not aware of what's causing it. I'm unconscious of the cause of this. The cause is outside of my awareness. I will never find the cause of this while I remain unconscious. The cause could be something I never even considered. I do not know the real cause, I have no idea.

7. Admit that you believe separation from God is real and true and worth keeping: I believe in separation from God. I believe it is really happening. I believe there is truth in it. I am the one who believes in it. Regardless of whether God or others believe in it, I believe in it. I want to protect it and keep it. I believe I am worthy of it. I believe I should be separate from God. Separation from God is protecting me. It is my friend.

8. Become aware that you yourself believe you deserve this separation from God: In my own mind I have a belief in separation from God. I am believing that I deserve to be separate from God. I must be making myself separate from God. I am the one who is making me separate from God. I've been attacking myself with separation. The separation from God is not coming from God. The separation is not being caused by God. The separation from God is coming from myself.

9. Affirm that all other causes or people are innocent because they are not the cause, you are: God is not doing this to me. Others are not causing this separation from God but me. I thought God was to blame. God does not agree with what I believed about myself. I wanted to be separate from God. I have been doing this to myself all along. God is not to blame. God and others are completely innocent and uninvolved. I alone am responsible for this separation from God.

10. Affirm that you do not deserve separation from God, you are not worthy of it and it is not real: This separation from God is not real. It has no truth to it. I do not deserve it. I am not worthy of it. It does not define who I am. I am not separate from God. This separation from God is not my identity. I do not believe in this separation from God. This separation from God has no power over me. I take back my power from this separation from God. This separation from God is completely false. This separation from God is not real at all. It is not the truth. There is no such thing as real separation from God. Real separation from God is not happening. This is just an illusion of separation from God. There is no real separation from God here at all.

11. Become willing to let go of this belief in separation from God and be open to a greater truth: I am willing to let go of this belief in separation from God. I do not need this separation from God. This separation from God is keeping me from God. I have no need for this any more. I surrender this belief that separation from God is real. I surrender this belief that I am worthy of being separate from God. I let go of this defense against the truth. I would rather know what true cause is.

12. Reframe this separation from God as nothing other than an idea that hides from God: This separation from God is not causing anything. This separation from God is not doing anything to me. This separation from God has no power over me. This separation from God is a tiny mad idea, not a cause. This separation from God does not cause or mean anything whatsoever. This separation from God is actually hiding my belief in God. My unconscious belief in God is the True Cause hidden by this separation. This separation is just an effect of my imagination and nothing else.

13. Recognize that this separation from God is not reality, my belief in God is: This separation from God was just an illusing hiding my belief in God. God is causing me to exist. I need to address God. I need to admit I am actually with God. I believe I need to be with God and deserve to be with God. Being with God is the real cause of my happiness. I will return to Oneness with God now and set myself free.

Are you now free from your belief in separation from God? If it still seems to you that your belief in this separation from God is in any way real or true, and your conscious awareness is still fixated on it, or you haven't become aware of and are not actually experiencing God yet, you might consider repeating the above steps as needed before moving on to reuniting with God.

NEXT STEP: Now proceed with the following section on Reunion with God, to complete the forgiveness process.

Reunion with Myself and God

I am overjoyed. I have succeeded in undoing my belief in separation from Myself and God. I have come to accept the Atonement! I've admitted that nothing really happened in truth, and that my innocence has not been compromised.

I no longer believe that punishment is real, that fear is real, that guilt is real, that sin is real, or that separation is real. For me, separation has not really happened. Sin did not really happen in reality and neither did guilt. I am now willing and able to accept that the truth is true. I am innocent and loved by Myself and God. Me and others and God are One.

Nothing has happened to my relationship with God. God still sees me as innocent and holy and forgiven. God did not stop seeing me as innocent and holy and forgiven. God finds me worthy of being loved right now, and I am now willing to accept that I am worthy of His love.

Separation was just an illusion of separation. It did not happen in Reality or to Reality. Reality has been unchanged by my idea of impossible separation from God. Thank God nothing has gone wrong at all!

I am with My Higher Self and God right now. I and God are with me right now. God is here, where I am. God is in my mind and heart. I am filled with God. God is all around me. I am loved by God because I am innocent and free.

My innocence was never broken. I did not sin in Reality. My innocence is the Ultimate Truth about me. I actually am completely free of sinfulness. I deserve to be loved because I am innocent. I am worthy of God loving me now. I deserve to be loved because I am innocent. I open to receive it.

I open to receive God's love. I invite God's love to come into me now and heal me. I have come with wholly empty hands unto my Father. Having forgiven myself, I will be quiet and still and do nothing. I will simply receive God's loving embrace for a while. I will allow myself to be filled up with God as I commune with Him in silence. I've been starved and thirsty for this love and now I am willing to receive it.

I am healed by the love of God. I am at peace in the love of God. I am safe in the love of God. Only love is real. God and I are in love as One.

I rejoice, I am happy, I celebrate, I am overjoyed, I am relieved, I am free, and I celebrate the good news. The light has come! I am free forever! Nothing real has been threatened. Nothing unreal has happened. Herein lies my peace with God.

My willingness to accept the Atonement for myself has now convinced me that I deserve to receive love, and that love is the truth. This has empowered me to be miraculous. I am miraculous. I am now equipped with God's Power and Mighty Love, and I am willing and able to extend this love to others in need. Others deserve to receive this love and healing because I am willing to receive it, and I am One with them. I am willing to perform miracles and to be the salvation of the world, because I have been willing to receive God. I am a miracle worker and a Teacher of God!

Review

Were you able to forgive yourself for what you did not really do? You are completely innocent and forgiven! You deserve the love of God and God is loving you right now!

Remember that if this has been an emotional experience or if your ego is unhappy about this healing, give yourself time to recover and integrate. Acknowledge if you are afraid or overwhelmed and be gentle with yourself. You are loved and safe. Give yourself some time to process the changes that have taken place in your mind. Your view of the world and of yourself will be different now.

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