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FORGIVENESS, 2023

Forgiveness offers everything you want. Do you think there's something you could wish for, and forgiveness cannot give? Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it to you. Do you want a serene mind and happiness? Forgiveness offers it to you. Do you want a harmony that can never be hurt, a calmness that cannot be distressed, a deep relief, and a rest so perfect that it can never be upset? Do you want to see a happy world of safety and of peace? All this forgiveness offers you, and more. And are there better gifts but these worthy to be sought?

Is there anything out of all these gifts that one does not want? And yet why is it not easy for one to truly forgive?

The main difficulty that one finds in genuine forgiveness on one’s part is that one still believes one must forgive the truth and not illusions. One thinks of forgiveness as a futile attempt to look beyond what is there; to overlook the truth in an unfounded effort to deceive oneself by making an illusion true.

It is impossible to think of sin as true and not believe forgiveness is a lie. And thus, one who would not forgive must judge, he must consider sin as true for he must justify his failure to forgive.

Yet, there is no world. There is no world apart from what you wish, there is no world apart from your ideas. The “physical person” that you think you really are, is but a dream, your body is but a dream. One day you will understand, one day you will awake, and you will recognise yourself to be the dreamer rather than the dreamed and you will then be ready to assume the active/conscious role in making up the dream while your mind acknowledges "this is not done to me, but I am doing this”.

For you are the dreamer, the world you see does nothing. It has no effects at all. It merely represents your thoughts. At times the world you see may seem to cause you pain. And yet the world, as causeless, has no power to cause. For being an effect in itself, an effect of your thoughts, the world cannot make effects. As an illusion, it is what you wish.

Forgiveness acknowledges the illusion, it recognises the world for what it is an effect and not a cause. Forgiveness recognizes that what you thought another person did to you has not actually occurred. Forgiveness does not pardon sins and make them real but rather it sees there was no sin. Forgiveness is still and quiet. Forgiveness does not judge.

It is only your thoughts and your thoughts alone that cause you pain because nothing outside of your mind can injure or hurt you in any way. There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach out to you and harm you, no one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in this world that has the power to make you sad or sick, or fragile or weak. But you are the one who has the power to govern all the things you see, just by recognizing what they are, perceiving the harmlessness in them.

When "forgiveness" is misrepresented and perceived as something that involves an unjust sacrifice, an unfair and undeserved gift, then it is viewed as simple eccentric madness. This twisted perception is easily corrected when it is understood and accepted that forgiveness is not required for what is true.

Forgiveness is the only thing that represents the truth in the world of illusions. It sees their non-existence and looks straight through the countless forms in which illusions may appear. It looks at the lies, but it is not misled by them. It sees illusions as illusions and not as truth. It has the ability to overlook what is not there.

It is sin’s non-existence that makes forgiveness natural and entirely sane, a profound release to those who offer it and a silent blessing where it is received. Not everyone is ready to accept it now, and one must go as far as one can go to let oneself be guided on the path to truth.

There is an effortless way to find the path to forgiveness. When you feel drawn to blame someone of some sin in whatsoever form it may take, do not let your mind abide on what you think they have done to you, for this is self-deception. You may want to see through illusions and ask yourself instead: "Supposing I had done it, would I accuse myself of having done it?

NOTES

The series comprises 40 artworks.

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