When you hear a message three times…..you’d better pay attention! For me, it was the reminder of the critical nature of forgiveness in freeing OURSELVES from past hurts and pain as we free others of the strands we hold of theirs.
This is not forgiveness in the traditional a sense as an intellectual exercise of “forgive and forget.” This is TRUE forgiveness which is a spiritual experience that comes about
Through our own effort and
Through a moment of PURE GRACE.
What these three wise teachers reminded me of is that for every negative feeling, thought, emotion we hold against another for ways in which we believe they have harmed us, we are giving away a piece of our power. At the same time, we imprison a piece of their power, for as long as we harbor anger, fear, resentment, etc. against them, they are not free to get on with their lives. And neither are we. It’s a tricky cycle of harboring and imprisoning that creates a undertow of energy drawing both parties into the depths, unable to move with what would normally be the effortless flow of the river.
Clearly, as reminded by my three teachers, it is time to TAKE BACK MY POWER through the spiritual practice of forgiveness.
In exercising a spiritual practice of forgiveness, there are two primary practices I turn to:
The Ho’oponopono prayer – the Hawaiian ritual of forgiveness. It is a ritual prayer we say to ourselves around an issue we want to release. We might also say it toward the other person if that feel appropriate: The prayer goes something like this:
Please forgive me.
I love you.
The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, specifically, praying and chanting the following line:
Washboqlan khaubayn(wakhtahayn) aykanna daph khnan shbwoqan
Roughly translated, this phrase means:
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.
Forgiveness here is about letting go of our judgment of another’s actions.
As we release our judgment and let go of the negativity we are harboring, our power returns to us and we are more free to be the people God made us to be!
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