Forgiveness Is the Key

Wish I had a magic wand to make hurt go away. Well, as a human being on planet earth, it appears that uncomfortable feelings are a reality. Thank goodness, though, for forgiveness. I still can’t prevent emotional injury from harming loved ones. But I can dig into my bag of tricks and transform hell into heaven for myself. Or at least head in the direction of relief.

Here are a few tried and true methods:

Ø  Pray for the Person:
Pray for the person who caused you harm for 30 days. (A go-to for students of Course in Miracles teacher and author, Marianne Williamson as well as 12-Steppers.)

Ø  Perspective:
Imagine how you might react if you had the person’s upbringing and/or circumstances.

Ø  People are Trees:
Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and a seminal leader in spiritual studies, says, “When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn't get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don't get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.”

New York Times bestseller author, John-Roger, DSS in this video says that others are mirrors. When judgments arise, it’s because we have yet to forgive a similar quality in ourselves. His words about not expecting instantaneous forgiveness are stellar, too!

Love to see your thoughts about forgiveness in the comments section. Better yet, delighted if you can share them on Tuesday, February 20th. We’re dedicating a whole evening to the subject of forgiveness at Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens. Click here for more details.

Finding Forgiveness & Love

 “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is the answer. How many times have you heard that? It’s a truth, but getting to love and forgiveness can be a curvy road. Judgments, justified or not, are major culprits.

“There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” says Prince Hamlet. He was one soul-searching fellow. (Maybe that’s why Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.) Wise words, yet he landed into ill fortune. He lacked tools.

In matters of the healing heart, techniques and classes can be of assistance. Techniques presented at Paul Kaye’s Introduction to Meditation and Sound, A Deeper Experience, held at Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens (PAL&G), can offer such assistance. My experience is these techniques help me create peace of mind. Labyrinth walks (designed using sacred geometry) also help me unwind my disturbing beliefs.

As one who has led guided labyrinth tours for over four years, I often see smiles appear on visitors walking the labyrinth. People tell me of the comfort they experience here. Part of the healing may come from a sort of pampering that takes place at PAL&G. Not the champagne and mani-pedis sort, but by taking time out and opening ourselves to up to our inner core--it’s as if heaven bestows blessings and healing. An hour or two walking the labyrinth and gardens, or steeping in a meditative sound bath, are opportunities to put aside Facebook. It’s a time to remember how we are cherished and adored by higher beings. The experience lingers after the gates close behind us.

Poet, William Wordsworth wrote, “Trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”

It’s nice to know that during our short stint on planet earth there’s a place where we can re-member ourselves to that glory.