When people think of forgiveness, they often relate it to the act of forgiving another person who may have slighted them or mistreated them in some way. Where the true power of forgiveness can be felt, however, is in the ability to forgive one's self for thoughts that bind them to unhealthy habits, fears or beliefs, or even forgiving 'God' or your Higher Power for events or situations that were never in your control.
Forgiveness is an act that defies our nature to be defensive; in and of itself, these defensive behaviours served us well when Sabre Toothed tigers were lurking around outside the cave front, threatening to eat our food and our children, but in today's day and age, these reactive behaviours no longer service us. What we have evolved to requires a much more evolved way of thinking, and part of that thinking process is the refined art of forgiving.
To forgive is to let go of any expectations that the past once held for you. Forgiving means that acceptance takes its place; accepting that one is powerless to change that which one cannot change, and to accept all that is with love and trust that all is exactly as it is meant to be.
This is a really hard concept to wrap our primitively wired brain around; exponentially perplexing when there is emotional attachment to other beings involved.
Trying to remove one's Self from the equation of wrong-doings and reactions takes much insight, reflection and introspection. These are skills that we should be focusing on in our hectic, busy, materialistic and consumer-driven lifestyles, and teaching our children, who face a rapidly changing future for their children and their grandchildren. Focusing on that which we can control releases us from being imprisoned by that which we cannot. Acknowledging things that we are unhappy about or dissatisfied with is healthy, but dwelling there and obsessing or ruminating about something that one has no control over is a waste of perfectly good energy that could be used to manifest some amazing miracles into one's life.
The most profound thing about forgiveness is that it is comprised of the exact same energy that the manifestation of hate, revenge, and anger are borne from; so now ,knowing that, if one had a choice of taking that one seed, and just through conscious choice, growing an apple tree or a thistle weed, why would you not choose to grow the apple tree?
Approaching life with a heart open and filled with love is how these seemingly impossible changes to our concrete ways of old-thinking miraculously occur. This starts with an awareness of the negative thought train that starts in the brain. Once that can be immediately identified, the brakes can be applied before that train runs out of control and derails into a twisted, ugly mess.
Choosing to be content and peace-filled counterbalances the busy lives in which we all live. Making conscious choices in how we perceive events in our life is the starting point to manifesting these choices. It isn't long after that the body and the brain will prefer the 'feel good moments' that come with those thoughts, and automatically want to go there, naturally, on their own. It's a journey worth traveling and a healthy lifestyle change that would do the world some good.
Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Supportive Energy Therapy Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Chartered Herbalist, AcuDetox Specialist, Personal Trainer, Entrepreneur, mom of three..
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