addition on May 31, 2013...
Food for thought. New idea about forgiveness...if love is unconditional, there is NO JUDGMENT; therefore, there is no need for forgiveness. As an act of loving acceptance, if we can let go of the judgment of the other person (or self), we can break out of the prison on UNforgiveness.
In forgiving, we are choosing to let go of:
* the judgment we have been holding onto
* the pain we have been inflicting on ourselves by feeling angry, hurt and/or victimized
* the indignation, guilt, embarrassment, helplessness, victim-consciousness, shame, or any other feelings we may have buried under our 'righteous anger'
* holding someone else (or self) responsible for our own pain
IMAGINE: If we all loved everyone unconditionally (including ourselves), the word forgiveness would not be in our vocabulary. :)
FORGIVENESS has been one of my major life lessons. I've had this tendency to hold on to my wounds, or hurt feelings. It seems that each time my can-can "came back", I was working on forgiving someone that was challenging me. The first, and worst, was my mother. I had been angry with her for as long as I could remember.
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My mother offered me the opportunity to learn how to forgive when forgiveness seemed impossible. What helped me to learn it was actually based on some logical arguments. I was very much into my thinking in those days, 11 years ago. My can-can had metastacized and I was having a serious heart health issue (from chemo 4 years prior - or some other reason.)
* BELIEF: I believed that my lifelong negative feelings for my mother, as well as all the other negative feelings I totally repressed, were the root cause of my can-can
* DO IT FOR MYSELF: I heard someone say that forgiveness is for the benefit of the forgiver. It is a "decision to let go of the pain you are causing yourself" This made total logical sense to me.
* KARMA: If she was the perpetrator and I was the victim in this lifetime, then chances were pretty good that our roles were reversed in another lifetime/dimension/reality
* GRATITUDE: I began to feel grateful for recognizing that this was an opportunity for my spiritual growth
* BELIEF: I had built a brick wall around my heart and this was the key/sledge-hammer to knocking it down. My UNforgiveness had affected every relationship in my life and I had a strong desire to experience/feel unconditional love. Still, the logical approach to a heart issue.
* COMPASSION: I believe that everyone does the best they can possibly do in any given situation. She made a lot of mistakes and that was still her very best. She just didn't know any better. Also, seeing her as a delicate-looking, fragile elderly woman dealing with a difficult life-situation made compassion come more easily.
I went into remission at this point (for 7 years) and thought that I had it all figured out. On two occasions after that, I got stuck in a place of unforgiveness and more can-can appeared. Thinking I had already learned this lesson, part of me was mad at the Universe for encountering it (state of UNforgiveness, obsessing over hurt feelings) again. Forgiveness was still difficult for me, but I've learned to get rid of obsessive thoughts.
I now believe that LOVE is the answer/cure/resolution to everything as it is the very essence of everything. Self-love is of primary importance and can eliminate the need for forgiveness. With self-love, we tend to NOT take things personally. We can look at the other person as a mirror with a message about ourselves.
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