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"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7) (2 min 54 sec)


    1. We have all been mistaken about the reality of separation and the existence of individual identities.

    We are all still one with God and with each other beneath the illusion of separate forms. When we recognize this oneness, we can look past the perceived "sins" of others, seeing only the underlying innocence we all share as God's creation.
    Mercy Comes From Recognizing Our Shared Innocence.
    Mercy is closely tied to the idea of forgiveness. When we show mercy to others, we are forgiving them for any perceived wrongs. This act of forgiveness is not just a gift to the other person but also a gift to ourselves. By releasing our judgments and grievances, we free ourselves from the burden of anger, resentment, and pain.
    When we choose to forgive rather than attack back, we release ourselves and others from the cycle of guilt, blame and suffering. What we give, we receive - so by extending mercy, we invite mercy back into our own minds and lives. Forgiveness is the way we undo the belief in separation and remember our unity.
    In every brother, we have the opportunity to either project our own fear and guilt outward as condemnation, or to look past their dream of sin and see the light of Christ that shines eternally within them. When we choose to see with mercy and forgiveness, we bless ourselves as much as our brothers.
    All Are Worthy of Love's Blessing.
    Jesus asks us to bless all without exception, because all are equally deserving of love's blessing as God's one Son. It is not about excusing harmful acts, but about recognizing that harm arises only from a mistaken perception of what we are. When we look upon the world with the merciful, forgiving vision of Christ, we see only the innocence that unites us all as one Self. And in that recognition, we receive the mercy and blessing we have given.
    What we give to others, we give to ourselves. When we show mercy, we align ourselves with the divine love that is our true essence. We open ourselves up to receiving the same mercy and love in return, as the teaching suggests: "for they will be shown mercy."
    Jesus encourages us to see beyond the illusion of separation and to recognize the unity and love that binds us all. By extending mercy and forgiveness to others, we heal not only them but also ourselves, as we remember our shared divine nature.
    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you.
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