The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing

“Leave your fear at the train station.”–Paul Selig


Today, I’m going to let Bob Marley take the floor. His “lesson” (sung below) personifies ACIM Lesson 141.

It’s all I need to know going into this next review. And for those still confused about the F word, here’s a post I ran last year.

According to the Course in Miracles, forgiveness (the F word) is the answer to everything. But like God, love and other important concepts, forgiveness comes with a cargo-hold full of baggage and is not well understood.

Forgiveness doesn’t suggest overlooking something someone did to me. The F word, according to the Course, means it’s impossible for anyone to DO something to me. For me to think, even for a brief moment, that I understand the world from the tiny bits of my perception is to make a huge mistake.

All I can see, all I will ever see, is what the viewfinder of my limited perception shows me. If my perception is fixed, nothing can come between the goal that it has chosen.

Let’s say I choose the perception that so and so is a misogynistic asshole. If that perception stays fixed (meaning I refuse to forgive) nothing—not a miracle, not a sign, not an evidential slap in the face, can allow any other truth to manifest for me.

Likewise, if my perception is convinced that money is hard to come by, the world’s unlimited abundance cannot get through my blockade. It’s right there, eager to unfold in my life, but my perception has put up orange cones.

Forgiveness means knowing my perception is forever tiny and incomplete.

Forgiveness means knowing I am blessed and that every single thing that happens, every single person who pushes my buttons is a gift. Everything is FOR me. Nothing is against me.

Forgiveness is to defy the lie. To defy the lie that something is wrong, that life sucks, that so and so is a horrible evil person.

The coolest thing about forgiveness is it relieves me of having to make judgments. Knowing I can’t and don’t understand the whole relieves me of having to decide what’s good and bad, decisions I’m incapable of making. It literally frees me. And that’s why the F word and I roll deep.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

14 Responses

  1. I am forever grateful for your writing. You are my good friend. We may never meet. I have lots of very good friends I’ve never met. Immaculee is a new one!

  2. I remember this and why or why do we keep forgetting it? But it’s finally sinking in and the anxiety level is definitely going down. This is the first song on my morning playlist now. l listen while I walk my 45 min uphill walk and back down. I added this one by the Piano Guys that makes my day extra zippy. 😉
    Thanks again, Pam. You are doing good work here. In deep appreciation, Marlene

    1. Marlene- thank you for the idea on your walks. My husband helps me walk, now without my cane, for a 1/4 mile from my front deck to the hill at our mailbox and back on our driveway. That’s when I put Marley on my earphones and sing along! We do this each day and it stretches me, my legs and my attitude improves day by challenging day.
      “Two Little Birds” Is my fav!

      1. It was First on my happy list. I’ve been collecting happy songs to walk with. I still use a cane and probably will always have it for balance but I march pretty darn fast with it now. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  3. Good morning.💖 Sharing this email. Have a wonderful day 😘

    Sent from Kim Gilbertsen


  4. I so needed this today! But you and the universe knew that. 🙂 Thank you! 💕

  5. If all I remember from today’s message is that every single thing that happens is a gift and that nothing is ever against me (even if it appears that way) but everything is FOR me (even when it doesn’t appear that way!) then that will be fairly significant all by itself so thanks Pam 😁💖🦋

  6. Once again, Pam, thanks so much for your wisdom. I am always looking for ways to accept all things in life and let go of judgment. Step by step.

  7. See? here it is all right here. I tell myself I don’t have money problems…all my debts…all my needs…they get taken care of. I have no real savings and little actual income. I would like to have extra to spend and enjoy and share…I know, just the next step.

  8. Forgiveness. Yes, t’m doing that every day with ho’oponopono. Wonderful words today. Thank you!

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