Common steps and sub-activities

Forgiveness

Forgiveness according to most dictionary definitions is:

“the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, disagreement, or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution”.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines forgiveness as 'to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offense or debt'.

Why?  Because the memories of this hurt prevent spiritual experience, along with the emotions it results in - the resentment, anger and indignation.  High emotion of this sort blocks the composer.

Background

Forgiveness is a cornerstone of just about every religion and belief system.

Method

So what to do?  Memories are conscious so you know full well what you are remembering [unlike perceptions which require more work].  You have to face up to those memories.

Many bad memories are caused not by trauma or accident but by HURT.  HURT blocks spiritual experience and spiritual progress.

If  you have been hurt, what do you do?

The answer is that you forgive the person who hurt you.

If you don’t, you will be beset by thoughts of the hurt done to you that are going to plague you as a memory and prevent any form of genuine useful experience.  You might be able to sink down and see the demons that someone else’s actions have created, but until you forgive the demons and the person who created them you are going to get nowhere. 

Unless you truly love, nothing of any value will happen.  You will carry on, and if you get anything at all, it will simply be lessons from your Composer on what you should be doing.  Dream after dream, vision after vision, hallucination after hallucination each with a story and each with a carrot or a stick.

You must confront the people who hurt you, you must face them and say ‘I forgive what you did’.

And mean it.

If you need the help of others as an intermediary because it is very hard to do then by all means, as long as they are in a position to be able to get you face to face and talking…  As Jesus said.

Shamanic voices – Dr Joan Halifax

I remember Matsuwa, at the end of the second night of the Wima'kwari (drum ceremony), fiercely beckoning individuals from disparate social factions to the sacralized ground before him.

He touched his prayer feathers (muvieri) to objects that had become infused with life energy force (kupuri) and transferred the precious substance to those who were in need of it, a transmission similar to the communication of shakti between Hindu guru and disciple.

By doing this, Matsuwa was equalizing or balancing a social situation that was obviously a problem in the community. He also brought his people into the real field of power, a power that would enable them to see and understand the true meaning of their own lives.

As Jesus also said:
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do”

Never underestimate the power of the word ‘sorry’ and ‘I forgive’ to heal.

The Cloud of Unknowing

For did not our Lord say to Mary who represents all repentant sinners called to contemplation:

‘Your sins are forgiven’

Do you think he said this only because she was so mindful of her past sins, or because of the humility she felt at the sight of her misery; or because her sorrow was so great?

No, it was because ‘she loved much’.

Observations

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