Sunday, July 11, 2010
EXERCISING FORGIVENESS UNCONDITIONALLY LEADS TO THE AWARENESS OF ONENESSThere seem to be many faces to the process of “forgiveness” being worn these days. Many books, lectures and workshops are available to help us contemplate and adopt forgiving behaviors. We are all taught as children that forgiveness of friends and family is an important part of social life.
The poet William Blake tells us: "In heaven, the only art of living is forgetting and forgiving." This leads us to the notion that forgiveness is key to finding heaven on earth.
It can be difficult for us to understand that forgiveness cannot happen when we are focused on the tangibles, on what we feel we have lost, on our injuries. No matter what has occurred in our experience, what happens is an invitation for greater self awareness. It is an invitation to understand that by bringing our awareness of the spirit in our experience into focus, we can forgive and create harmony.
To complete the process of true forgiveness, whatever our actions, we must be willing to let go of the memories that create anger and resentment. And we must be willing to hold all others in our heart with love. The paradox here is that as we learn to live with unconditional forgiveness for ourselves and all others, we no longer experience the conflict that requires forgiveness.
All material copyrighted 2010: excerpt, All About Living, Molly Brogan