God is the ever-present presence that some call the Universe or the Divine which is intrinsic to everything in the physical world.
In this respect God is like air. At some point in our lives God may seem un-definable or perhaps even non-existent as it is not something tangible we can touch.
However just like air, God is quietly everywhere, within everything. Think of a vacuum sealed bag that has all the air sucked out of it. It collapses to a mere fraction of the original volume.
That is the impact of no air. That is the impact of life without the recognition of God, the Universe and/or the Divine as present within everything. As a result, the experience of life shrinks to a mere fraction of what is true.
God is also like air in that it has no judgment in the way that human beings judge. Air and God will seek to fill any space without discrimination.
If you force the air or God out, suffocation and a restricted experience of life will ensue.
That is not punishment or vengefulness. That is just a consequence of no air or no God. There is no judgment in that. That just is what is.
Human beings have been programmed to believe in many ways that this suffering of suffocation and restriction is the result of angering God or not obeying his commands.
Again God is like air. It seeks to fill all vacuums. When we shut God or air out, what happens is a non-judgmental result. To attach fearful emotions to God or even to air for that matter is to humanize God and air. It reduces something that is so powerful and vital to life, to the earthly qualities of a human being who can only exist for a short time on this planet and is powerless to change that fact.
Meanwhile God and air live on.
Fear is the idea that there is no non-judgmental, always life-affirming God like this. Fear is the programming there is only a judgmental God who is angry and waiting to punish us when we do not obey and when we do obey, this same God is loving, joyful and waiting to reward us.
Forgiveness is the understanding that we and others are blinded by this fear programming and because of that cannot see the truth of God and air in everything. We find it difficult to act in a loving manner, life-affirming manner because we are scared of the final judgment of God and seek in every moment to protect ourselves from that fate.
Forgiveness understands that the horrific thoughts we have thought and acts we have committed against ourselves and others are done out of the ignorance or the innocence of the truth of God…or air.
We are like fearful children, striking out at the monster under the bed. We scream, blame and shame ourselves and others for what seems threatening to us. We strike out at our bed with anything we can to defend ourselves from this imagined monster which seems so real. In the wake of this blindness we say and do life-destroying words and actions.
But just like the child, sometimes we must be tough on ourselves and others to stop the mad thoughts and actions. With the understanding of the blindness, innocence and ignorance due to fear programming, we can take protective actions with love and compassion rather than vengefulness or anger.
With forgiveness for our blindness and others, we can stop taking the fearful acts of others and ourselves personally. We see that all people live in their own bubble of fear and cannot see the truth of God ever-present everywhere as they buy into the fearful programming and are lost.
With forgiveness, we can do what we must do to live our lives to the fullest and to nurture life affirming thoughts and actions. If someone or something must be stopped because their words or action are life-destroying, we can do what needs to be done but with this heightened awareness and understanding that is the essence of forgiveness.
All resentment, anger, hatred and righteousness are forms of fear and taking things personally instead of realizing the blindness caused by fear programming.
Today, let us think of God as air and allow the Divine to take up residence within us with a deep breath.
Just when someone says something or does something out of fearful programming, see the truth of that, take a deep breath and allow God in.
We may surprise ourselves at how instantly we see things differently.