From Zero to Infinity in an Instant: Reflections on A Course in Miracles
The Patronizer. In this type of “forgiveness,” one person sees himself as better than the
one he “forgives.” Thus, he separates himself from the brother whom he hates, for he
sees sin and death in him.
The Wallower. In this type of “forgiveness,” one person claims to share in the sin of
another. In this case, people often compete with each other to see how deeply they can
delve into their sins, which they believe deserve to be punished by a vengeful God.
Thus, people attempt to separate themselves from each other and from a God whom
they see as fearful and distant.
The Martyr. In this type of “forgiveness,” one person patiently accepts the results of the
sin of another. The martyr separates himself from the one who seems to be abusing
him, and reinforces the ideas that sin is real in the other person and that God requires
The Bargainer. In this type of “forgiveness,” one person offers forgiveness to another if
the other person will give him what he wants or needs. The person who gives in this
way is mocking true giving and in the attempt to control another becomes a slave
What is the alternative to “forgiveness-to-destroy”? We simply need to be open to a new
way of looking at the world and a new way of forgiving. The way we practice
“forgiveness” does not work. We need to be willing to look at the world through the eyes
of Christ and not interfere with his plan for salvation. We are not asked to figure it all out
ourselves or to make great efforts. All we need is a “small willingness” to let God’s will
be done. He will do the rest.
Christ has forgiven you, and in His sight the world becomes as holy as Himself.
Who sees no evil in it sees like Him. For what He has forgiven has not sinned,
and guilt can be no more. Salvation's plan is made complete, and sanity has
come. Forgiveness is the call to sanity, for who but the insane would look on sin
when he could see the face of Christ instead?
--A Course in Miracles
Heaven and the Dream of Separation
The following statements summarize some of the main ideas of the book, A Course in
Anything that is not eternal is an illusion. Time is an illusion. The body is an illusion.
Guilt is an illusion. Sin is an illusion. Sickness is an illusion. Forgiveness is the final
illusion because it realizes that illusions are not real and that they can be overlooked.