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Power of Forgiveness

How I Came

to Study the Course The prayer that changed the life of Sandy Levey-Lunden In 1990, I received an answer to my desperate request to God for a way to heal pain and suffering and end separation in relationships, after my husband fell in love with another woman, 25 years younger than me. I told God in a prayer that I could live for 30 days more while my husband was seeing this woman and while I felt so much confusion, pain and suffering about it. I had given God 31 days for an answer. On the 31st day of my prayer, which went on day and night, a man came into my life, whose wife had fallen in love with another man at the same place and time as my husband. He had been my student and promoter of my courses in Sweden. The love affairs of our partners took place at an International Peace Conference in Sweden. This man, Mats, joined with me in my purpose: to find a way out of suffering in relationship. Mats came carrying A Course in Miracles under his arm and saying that he wanted to study it. I had seen this book before. In fact, I had received copies, in the 1980s, from two of my students. Over the years, I had looked into it and felt that, if I was to study it, I would have to change everything I thought and believed. In fact, it seemed that studying these books would change my whole life. I was not prepared to do that then. Now, because I was suffering so much, I was ready to study ACIM. I had also been teaching seminars for ten years and I needed a deeper way to support people in their breakthroughs during the crises of relationship break-up. While I was in Sweden, and Mats and I were in relationship in a joint purpose, I received the answer to my prayer in the form of the ‘Clearing Process’. The process matches the principles of A Course in Miracles and I began to study the Course with my new partner, as a way of freeing myself and others. In fact, we left Sweden for four months and went to Hawaii to study ACIM, night and day, and to apply the learning in a practical way to our thinking and our lives. ACIM became a passion and a joining force in our lives.

Forgiveness,

in the Course, is not like traditional forgiveness. In the old way, we forgive by seeing something that we believe actually happened and attempt to overlook it. In Course-based forgiveness, we recognise that it is our thoughts about the situation that we need to forgive. We give everything the meaning it has for us (W 4) and, therefore, it is our interpretation of any situation that needs to be released. So, it is about having “a little willingness” (T 383) to look at our unconscious, limiting thoughts, feelings and beliefs in order to release them.

The Clearing assists

us in removing unconscious and conscious guilt from the past, changing the way we view everything — our relationships, finances and success. It is the most useful tool I have seen for releasing the limiting beliefs that run our lives, send us into harmful cycles and motivate self-destructive attitudes and behaviours. The Clearing Process is a simple, yet profound, tool for speaking our truth and releasing our ego thoughts, feelings and beliefs. In the Clearing, we confirm the Holy Spirit’s truth in every communication. We forgive ourselves, with the Holy Spirit as witness and guide, for believing what our egos tell us.

Our upsets

are simply doorways into old thoughts and old memories that are in the ‘basement’ of our ego mind. By releasing them, we can choose a life of joy, instead of suffering. Choice is the most powerful tool we have in the mind. Our power to choose determines our experience of the world we see. Our thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviour are the result of choices we make. Bringing this to awareness allows us to continue to make better choices.

A Testimonial

The following is a testimonial, in her own words, from Krista, a woman who has taken my classes. It is an example of how unconscious beliefs can affect current relationships and how forgiving those beliefs is the biggest step towards peace.

“When I was eight,

I started menstruating and was devastated when my mother failed to tell me what was happening to my body. When I was 14, she found out that a teenager at my school was pregnant and went into a rage, telling me that if I got pregnant, “over her dead body”” would she let me keep it. “I will make you have an abortion.” I was not even sexually active, but had always known I wanted to have a family. Later in life, I realised I was emotionally and physically paralysed by these experiences. I felt that it wasn’t safe for me to bring a baby into the world, it was bad to be a woman and that I should reject what was feminine and motherly in me. In my logical mind, I knew this was not true but, deep down, I felt unworthy of what I wanted most.

“When I was 30,

I was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition that causes cells to grow outside the uterus. It causes internal bleeding, pain and infertility. I scheduled surgery to have the cells excised, but changed my mind. I decided to explore my beliefs and childhood experiences first, to heal those and to see where it would take me. By working with Sandy Levey-Lunden and ACIM, I forgave my mother for her behaviour and influence. But, more importantly, I stopped blaming her and forgave myself for believing — for a decade — that I was unworthy, damaged and infertile. I freed myself from learned helplessness and embraced the truth that I am worthy and lovable and that it was safe for me to have a baby. Within three months, my husband and I conceived and our miracle baby, Xavier, was born in 2004.”

Through teaching

the ‘Clearing Process’, I have had the joy and honour of seeing sicknesses healed, marriages saved and families reunited. Forgiveness lifts the fog from the mirror and we see our True Selves looking back at us, with the Holy Spirit at our side — and, thus, we see the world clearer than before. The ‘Clearing Process’ is True forgiveness. Forgiveness takes diligence and the will to be happy, rather than to be right about what you believe about the world and yourself. It ends separation. It is our most important job — and we get ‘paid’ in rewards of freedom, peace, joy and love.

Sandy Levey-Lunden, for more information go to www.sandylevey.com or call (360) 527-2796.  Sandy has many evening presentations and workshops.

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