Opening the Door at Last: A Visualization Based on Lesson 342

This visualization is based on the prayer for Workbook Lesson 342 (“I let forgiveness rest upon all things, for thus forgiveness will be given me”):

I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made. It is not real. And You have given me the means to prove its unreality to me. The key is in my hand, and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams. I stand before the gate of Heaven, wondering if I should enter in and be at home. Let me not wait again today. Let me forgive all things, and let creation be as You would have it be and as it is. Let me remember that I am Your Son, and opening the door at last, forget illusions in the blazing light of truth, as memory of You returns to me.

Close your eyes.

Think of your current life as if it’s taking place inside of hell.

Think of various problem areas in your life and see actual flames popping up in those places.

Maybe you have a problematic relationship right now. See flames dancing there.

Maybe you are having financial difficulties. See flames coming out of your wallet or purse.

Maybe you feel alone and isolated. You might imagine a ring of flames around you, separating you from others.

Just think of various problem areas and see flames dancing in each of those areas.

Then, a little distance away, you see a massive, glorious door, the gate of Heaven.

Imagine it however you like.

Maybe it’s made of gold. Perhaps there are diamonds in it. Perhaps it is shining with an otherworldy light.

You walk toward it, and as you come nearer, you see it has a large keyhole, like you might see in a castle door.

A ray of bright light is streaming out of the keyhole, a hint of the glory that lies on the other side.

You find in your hand a large, old-fashioned key.

Look at the key, feel it in your hand.

As you look, you see that on it is engraved in beautiful writing the word “Forgiveness.”

Then you turn the key over, and on the other side it says, “of [name].”

The name is someone you deeply need to forgive, but you have been putting it off.

See whose name is there.

Realize that you have been refusing to use this key for a long time.

If going through the gate means using this key, you are not sure it’s worth it.

Maybe the flames are preferable.

How long have you been loitering there, in front of the gate, wondering if you should enter in and be at home?

You finally decide to forgive this person.

Say to yourself, “I let forgiveness rest upon [name],

For thus forgiveness will be given me.”

Do your best to mean these lines.

“I let forgiveness rest upon [name],

For thus forgiveness will be given me.”

One more time: “I let forgiveness rest upon [name],

For thus forgiveness will be given me.”

Find that you have placed the key in the keyhole

And are already turning it.

You are forgiving this person at last.

The key turns all the way and you pull the door open; it takes virtually no effort.

As it swings open you find yourself face-to-face with a blazing light.

The light of Heaven.

The light of God.

The light of your true Self.

You are transfixed by this light,

Caught up in the ecstasy of it.

All questions are answered; all longings are satisfied.

You are home at last.

Say to God, “I forget all things except Your changeless Love.

I forget all things except that You are here.” (based on The Gifts of God, p. 126)

Spend a few moments basking in this light,

And then open your eyes when you are ready.

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