At the Corner of Forgiveness and Inner Peace

Note from Bil & Cher: Today’s blog is a little long, but we promise it will be worth your time! Not only do we metaphysically interpret Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3:29; and Luke 12:10 (they’re all say basically the same thing); we also offer the secret to inner peace and happiness — and it’s all in your control! So join us in a cup of coffee (or whatever your favorite relaxing beverage is), and enjoy!

 

It is through the acupuncture of forgiveness that we find peace and rest and answers. Before we explain fully what we mean by that we want to share a story about a mynah bird’s cough. You’ll see how it relates in just a few moments.

Mynah BirdA mynah bird developed a very distressing cough. So, his concerned owner took him to an exotic bird vet, who listened to the mynah’s cough.

She checked the bird’s throat, and examined the bird’s eyes and feather coating. The vet raised her eyebrows and with a sigh said to the owner, “Let me hear you cough.”

The bird’s owner rolled his eyes, but coughed to appease the vet. It was the same cough as the bird’s cough.

So, the doctor said with a smile, “You get over your cough, and the mynah will get over your cough, too!”

It works the same way with us. If we want to discover the inner peace and happiness we deserve in life we’ve got to get over our ‘coughs.’ That is, we’ve got to get rid of ‘coughs’ like chronic negative thinking, self-doubt, resentments,  anger, and unforgiveness. We’ve got to move beyond self-negating beliefs and bad habits. You know, coughs like that.

By the way, there’s been a ton of research on inner peace and happiness. Both are connected. It seems you can’t have one without the other. And there’s very definitely a strong relationship between happiness, inner peace, and forgiveness.

Interestingly enough, total happiness seems to have three components: pleasure, engagement, and meaning. The father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, has confirmed that people who pursue only pleasure usually experience only part of the benefits happiness can bring, while those who pursue all three routes lead the fullest lives. (Seligman, 2005). We’ll talk more about that in another blogcast.

Inner Peace-Forgiveness SignpostIt is our hope as Unity ministers that one day people the world over will meet lovingly at the corner of forgiveness and inner peace. They will have become so unified, and will have reconciled many if not all of their differences, and will experience such oneness that when someone cries, all of us will taste the salt.

Until then, we invite you to plan a trip – maybe many trips – to the corner of forgiveness and inner peace. Plan to visit as often as it takes to reconcile any hurts that may have led to an unforgiving heart.

It’s important that you make the trip because, from a spiritual perspective, it’s absolutely necessary that you rid yourself of any ‘coughs’ that interfere with your inner peace and happiness.

What is the “Unforgivable Sin?” (Matthew 12:31-32 Metaphysically Interpreted)

In traditional, mainstream Christianity, one of these ‘coughs’ is referred to as the ‘unforgivable sin.’ Actually, it’s alluded to in every religion. In the Christian tradition it is clearly articulated in Matthew 12:31-32; Mark 3:29; and Luke 12:10. From a literal, dogmatic point of view, there are misconceptions about what the ‘unforgivable sin’ is, so we’d like to share with you a more loving and esoteric interpretation of the ‘unforgivable cough.’

This ‘unforgivable sin’ (unforgivable cough) is not about working on the Sabbath. Nor is it coveting your neighbor’s stock portfolio. It’s not about lying, or bearing false witness, or stealing, or cheating, or killing – as awful as those ‘coughs’ are. Nor is it about cheating on your income taxes. It’s not even secretly replacing the golf ball you couldn’t find with another one and not adding strokes to your score.

According to traditional religious belief the unforgivable sin (cough) is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. (Read Matthew12:31-32 in your favorite Bible interpretation).

There are two important words we need to consider without belaboring the point: unforgivable and blasphemy. They are central for understanding what this passage means from a more spiritual and not so dogmatic perspective.

Unforgiveness, from an ontological perspective, means failing to give up the false for the true; so, if something is unforgivable:

    • It means being unable or unwilling to recognize falsehood or error.
    • It means repeating the same error (cough) again and again.
    • It means the ‘cough’ is unpardonable because it hasn’t been corrected, it keeps being repeated.
    • It means living under false pretenses because ‘coughs’ seem to be more important than peace, happiness, and serenity.

It reminds us of the quip Abe Lincoln used when he asked, “If I call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?” Believe it or not a few people said five. Abe laughed. “Just because I call a dog’s tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. A dog only has four legs.”

So, if we continue to live under false pretenses we’ll continue to live under false pretenses. If we fail to correct errors, we’ll suffer the consequences of those missteps. If we choose not to eliminate our ‘coughs’ we’ll continue to ‘cough’ our way through life and rob ourselves of the inner peace and serenity we seek.

Our sins (coughs) are unforgiveable because they are mindlessly repeated. If we repeat errors time and time again and continue repeating them, we’re likely to, well, keep repeating them. It’s the repetition that makes errors (sins, coughs) unforgivable. If you stick your hand on a hot stove you’ll get burned. If you do it again…

Blasphemy is the second important word in the Matthew account. Blasphemy is a powder keg word. As it is used in dogmatic scriptural accounts blasphemy refers to injurious speech against the Holy Spirit. It means attributing the miracles performed by the Christ as Jesus to the power of Beelzebub (Satan, the devil). The Pharisees were, in essence, attributing Jesus’ power to Satan, and claiming that Jesus was ‘Satan incarnate’ instead of God incarnate.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, from an esoteric perspective, means denying our innate divinity:

  • It is neglecting to express our divinity.
  • It is refusing to see that we are spiritual beings in human form.
  • It is opting out of opportunities to express our oneness with the Eternal Presence we call God!
  • It’s being too coy, or too disinterested, to say “I am God expressing through the Christ as me!”

If we blaspheme (deny our divinity), we won’t be able to reconcile the difference:

  • between Truth and error,
  • between our spiritual self and our material self,
  • between being enlightened and being clueless,
  • between dogma and higher truths.

If we can’t reconcile those differences we’ll find it difficult to achieve the inner peace and happiness we seek. We will shut off the flow of Universal Substance.

Actually, every time we think or say something like, “I’m no good,” or “I’m stupid,” or “I’m not worth anything,” we blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. Denying our innate divinity –and the innate divinity of others – is truly injurious speech. It perpetuates the illusion of separation and the absence of universal oneness.

Why? Because we’re saying we’re something we’re not! We’re claiming to be less than we are. We’re neglecting to honor our divine status and the divine status of others. As long as we do that we’ll never get to the corner of forgiveness and inner peace. We’ll never get rid of our ‘coughs.’

The Christ as Jesus said, “Choose today who you will serve.” Choose your Higher Self over your lower self. Choose Light over darkness. Choose Love over hatred. Choose truth over error. Choose the spiritual you over the material you.

WorldPeaceWe look forward to the day when all human error will be reconciled, when there will be such peace, and caring, and loving kindness, and oneness that the only tears will be tears of joy. And the salt from those tears will validate an enlightened humankind, a global citizenry that doesn’t hesitate to meet at the corner of forgiveness and inner peace.

Research support: Seligman, M., Peterson, C., and Park, N., “Orientations to happiness and life satisfaction: The full life verses the empty life,” Journal of Happiness Studies, 6, 25-41, 2005.
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  3. Bob says:

    I wonder ( by reason that this was how i first saw Matt 12:31) if there may not be another interpretation differing to the Blasphemy above that cannot be forgiven of man?

    If we consider God’s greatest Angel, Lucifer, and his fall, his blasphemy. he was originally undoubtedly in spirit and yet he chose to speak against and defy God and his sin is unforgiven, nor can it be forgiven. His punishment is banishment from heaven forever, condemned as prince of the earth before being cast into the pit.

    The unforgiveable sin then could be to accept our own divinity, see that we are indeed spiritual beings inhabiting in a physical body, but then still choosing to go ‘our own way’ in defiance of God and the Universal one-ness. If this is impossible, how then are we to understand Satan’s fall?

    I believe we need to be aware of the possibility so that we do not mistakenly, through ignorance, make the same error when in spirit. if we do there seems to be no second chance?

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    • Bob,
      I applaud your quest to understand the deeper spiritual meanings to literal scripture.There are many levels of esoteric depth to sacred writings. The important thing to know about scriptural interpretations is that their “good and righteous” translations spring from the knowledge that the interpreter arrives at h/her interpretation from a wise perspective. And that perspective is the knowledge that all interpretations see physical events and scriptural stories as representing aspects, qualities, traits, and habits WITHIN OURSELVES, and not as fodder to condemn people, communities, and nations. All true interpretations focus on our inner beingness.

      That being said, your astute observation that there can be other interpretations of scripture is spot on. A ‘sin’ is unforgiveable when it is repeated time and time again. ‘Sin’ simply means “missing the mark.” So, we miss the mark everytime we choose materiality over spirituality, selfishness over giving, ego over spirit, bearing false witness over integrity, etc. Unforgiveness is refusing to give up the false for the true. I believe all ‘sins’ are unforgiveable – if we keep doing them!

      Satan (Lucifer, the Adversary, the Devil), like any other Biblical character, represents something inside of us. Metaphysically, satan refers to a deceptive state of mind that denies our innate divinity and places our egocentrism over our connection with universal oneness. Heaven is not a place we GO to after we die. It’s a state of consciousness we GROW into each consecutive moment of now! It is US who ‘banishes US from heaven.”

      When we lose our human form (die) there is a place (dimension, state of being) we go to beyond our human experience. The heaven – or hell – we find there is a state of consciousness just as it is here. We are eternal beings. Our life – beingness – doesn’t end here. The ‘place’ that the Christ as Jesus prepares for us is a higher state of consciousness.

      Each time we enter a new state of being we have an opportunity to ‘go our own way.’ We will have unforgiveable (repeated, habitual, mindless) missteps (sins) there too. But we can eliminate ‘unforgiveable sins’ with our next Christed choice.

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      • Bob says:

        You make many sound points here on which i am largely in agreement ( i did not make that clear in my comment – forgive me)

        I’m not yet completely convinced on the ‘banished’ aspect, however. I agree that we are the ones keeping us out of ‘The Kingdom’ right now and that we do not need to die to ‘see’ it ( or that we automatically qualify for it once we do die depending upon our degree of awareness achieved whilst in one incarnation). That being said, i think there must be more to the story of Satan as spoken of throughout the Bible. There is no mention of forgiveness for his acts/deeds/sins of which i am aware. and as i mentioned – i read a warning that there is an unforgiveable sin when we sin while in spirit – accepting of our own divinity. I may have misinterpreted it – that is always a human possibility, but it does seem to agree with most mentions of satan in both testaments.

        The words of John and Jesus in Revelation for example do not seem to suggest we get carte blanche once we die but are divided into the forgiven and the ‘damned’.

        If satan can be equated to our state of mind how is it that he was divine and then ‘cast down’ (banished not by his own will but God’s) and refused permission to return to his former level?

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