When you look at this parable through the eyes of the old law, you see two separate men. Although you are given very little information, you see a man in need of compassion and a man who did not give it. You may then decide that the man who did not give compassion deserved eternal lack of compassion, which he received from God. Or you may determine that in the end, God showed the greatest lack of compassion of all. It isn't important what judgments you make. They are all based on the old law of separateness.
Now let me show you how this parable can be seen when viewed without the law:
The parable is a collection of thoughts, which are being tested within the mind for value. The thoughts are not separate from one another, for each thought has been planned in order to conduct the test thoroughly. There is the thought of more and the thought of less placed side-by-side as if they are separate. There is the thought of suffering; and the thought of right and wrong are tossed in to maintain the illusion of separateness. The story plays itself out as a test, and as the story plays itself out, the scales of pleasure and suffering seem to tip. But all of this story is thought.
As the story plays itself out, it seems to become more confusing and more complicated, and one forgets that the story is only thought within the mind, pure illusion without reality of any kind. As one makes judgments, the story becomes more meaningful. It seems to take on life; and the story continues and is reapplied as "meaning" when similar thoughts come together in the mind. And yet, the story was never anything but thought without power to affect apart from the mind of the thinker.
So what does this story say to you?
All perception is thought within the mind of the thinker. The thought has no meaning of Itself, but it is given meaning by the thinker. If the thought seems to have effects, it is the thinker that gives that thought any effects it seems to have. In other words, there is no power outside of the power of the mind.
This Is a fact that I would have you consider now. Remember all that I have been teaching as you consider the impact of what I am telling you now.
Everything you experience, you experience through the filter of your mind. You are never focused on the world; you are always focused on thought. The basis of all of your experience until now has been the belief in the "law" of separateness. The Spirit of God is one, and everything that exists, exists within the Spirit of God. The truth is always true.
And now, what does this story mean except that it can have no meaning? And if that is true of this story, can that which you experience have any meaning apart from the meaning that you give it?
NTI Luke, Chapter 17
(v 1 - 4) Everything you experience, you experience through the filter of your mind. You believe in the law of separateness, but the Spirit of God is one. You have given your willingness, that you may be healed. Whenever you think you are focused on the world, you are focused on thought. Judgment makes thought seem real and gives meaning to thought. There is no power outside the power of the mind.
Now let's talk about forgiveness. Based on the law of separateness, you may forgive other persons for what they have done to offend or hurt you. You may also choose not to forgive them and to hold onto a grievance. In order to do this, you must have made a judgment that separates you from your brother.
Based on God's law, the Spirit of God is one. There is no separate one that can offend or hurt you. There is only a collection of thoughts, which you hold within your mind. Of themselves, the thoughts have no meaning. But based on past learning, learned through judgment, the thoughts seem to have meaning. And so you feel offended or hurt based on what you think you know.
Can you see how your brother has done nothing? Can you see how all meaning that has seemed to result in hurt has come from the filter of your mind? And can you also see how all meaning that seems to be applied is applied, because you believe that the meaning applied is real? Yet, this does not mean that the meaning is real or meaningful in any way. It only means that you believe it is, and so you react as if it is. In this way, you continue to learn the meaning that you apply to your thoughts.
So what is forgiveness? Forgiveness is simply an acknowledgment of the truth of how the offense or hurt has come about. It has not come from your brother. It has come from the meaning you have applied to thoughts within your mind. Without this meaning, you could not be hurt.
And then, forgiveness is taking this realization one step further by acknowledging you do not want to be hurt anymore. You acknowledge that the meaning that has hurt you is within the mind. You are the owner or believer in that meaning, and so you are also the one that can let go of any meaning you have applied. And when the meaning is let go, the offense or hurt must disappear also, for there is no longer a power to influence an effect. What was made has been undone. This is the process of forgiveness.