Since October and November could be a little hectic, we’re going to need a bit more framework.
The CATs have been using this for a decade, and it’s long overdue being shared. ~AM gave it its autumnal component.
The Fall Forgiveness 3-Step
It’s simple and consists of only three things to do:
Many of you have been doing these for a while; many years, in fact. This post is so we can all be on the same page. And… this will be very important in the days ahead.
Those studying The Course have a pretty good handle on forgiveness. It literally means “to overlook,” to pay little mind to something or someone that/who may be bothering you or appear in error… since it’s not real and it’s no big deal. Intellectually, CATs and CAT blog readers and Course students know this world is all an Illusion, but it’s a powerful one, one that keeps hooking you again and again, CATs included. When you remember that nothing around you is real, that no one is really doing anything bad, you can settle back and let things flow. But for those times when The Illusion snags you… we offer this real-world forgiveness example from ~AM:
Back when I lived in the Boston area, I was getting a ride to work from a friend (let’s call him Jim) one day. Jim was forever driving angry. Anything could set Jim off — and it often did, making other drivers even more aggressive toward him. That day, on a whim, I asked Jim if he’d be mad if the person who just cut him off was his Grandpa Dave. (Dave was a sweet old guy, a little scattered, but impossible to be mad at.) Jim’s demeanor changed instantly:
“Of course, not. It’s Grandpa Dave.” No one had ever been mad at Grandpa Dave.
Then I asked: “What if somehow everyone in all these cars were your Grandpa Dave? Or members of your family? Would you get as mad at them if they cut you off or weaved into your lane?”
Jim didn’t say a word the rest of the drive, he was deep in thought. To my knowledge, he never drove angry again, and was himself a changed man… until one day a man in a pick-up truck cut him off — on purpose. Jim had to swerve to avoid hitting the truck. Rocketing up toward the vehicle and screeching to a halt at the next stop sign, spitting gravel everywhere, Jim glared out his car window at the other driver… and saw me smiling at him. Jim started laughing, and is probably still laughing.
While Jim did eventually lapsed now and then into being an angry driver again, he did LOOK at the person to make sure he didn’t know them before cursing them and offering interestingly impossible body geometry suggestions. It would’ve been a great story if Jim had transformed into some kind of rolling saint, but the kernel of the idea was planted, and grows to this day. And today, he’s a lot more like his Grandpa Dave.
This is your easy way out of any highly charged situation. CATs have been in various group settings over the past four years and someone invariably points a finger at one of us and asks loudly: “What are YOU? Republican or Democrat?” Again, we learned this from ~AM, having seen him say this several times in various social engagements over the years. (One person always seems to single ~AM out as the opposite of whatever it is they’re feeling is important, and they try to pin him with a question.) Anyway, when asked which side he’s on, ~AM would say:
“I have no side. I am the founding member of the UNITY party. And I’m here to tell you to get along with your fellow humans, all of whom have value. We might appear to be individuals, but we’re all the same. Start looking for reasons to come TOGETHER, and celebrate those things we have in common. Do it NOW.”
It helps that ~AM is a combo of angel and ET and human, a winged cherub with a lion’s head! (Note: Cherubim don’t look like fat naked little flying babies!)
He can be a little startling. Oh, and those who know the story of Ezekiel… you recall the wheels he saw, “Ezekiel’s Wheels-Within-Wheels” that accompanied the Cherubim, that some have wrongly thought were UFOs? What were they really? And why are CATs associated with them?
Now the freelance part.
Since you’re reading the CAT blog, you’re probably already familiar with/used to thinking about providing Service-to-Others (STO), if not now then perhaps one day. In this instance we’re not asking you to perform some tortuous task or put yourself in harm’s way, far from it. CATs go out in public and do regular things and don’t say or do anything special, but our energy is there amongst people, offered as a beacon without anyone knowing it’s there — like ~AM’s true form, you can’t see what the beacon energy looks like on this 3d level — but you can feel it, since it extends outward in a huge glowing multicolored explosion of light. (Some of you even carry your own CHOIR 3000 soundtrack, but the accordions kinda ruin it.) Most of you reading this are similar beacons, sewing goodwill and hope just be being out and about… with or without the accordion.
As we get deeper into Autumn, try this: If something disturbs your piece of mind, imagine it’s a particular autumn leaf on a tree. Each day of Fall, the leaves change color and you let things go, more and more, anger and resentment eventually withering and dying and falling from the trees, leaving all deciduous trees looking… the same.
We won’t talk about those damn EVERGREENS. 😉
Again, for the record: None of The CATs are “above” any of you. We ARE you. We are here FOR you. There are no levels, only rates of vibration. Some of us can do some things, and we’re pretty mean in the clinches, but that’s why we were sent here at this time. We’ve had a lot of help and training to handle this… from Brother J, angels and archangels, our Guides (and Brother J’s Guides!), higher-order beings and ETs, and The SuperFriends — not to mention our own amazing motley crew of felines and friends.
Now, whenever you see an Autumn leaf, you can add forgiveness and unity and service to its seasonal message. Eventually it will become second nature and all around you will be…
…piles of forgiveness crunching under your feet. (Just don’t rake them, they’re good for the soil.)
P.S. Our apologies to the N. Hemispheric-centricity of this post! For those in the S. Hemisphere, try to see every new green leaf as a budding opportunity for forgiveness.
- Forgive ~ Let it go. It’s not real, anyway. (“Yes, Haunted Mansion is awesome, AND so is Pirates of the Caribbean. You’re both right. But they’re just rides…”)
- Unify ~ Look for common ground. (“Is that a fritter? Hey, HAM!”)
- STO ~ Be mindful, be helpful, shine your light. (“I am here to chew bubblegum and bathe you all in SOURCE light… and I’m all out of bubblegum.”)