FORGIVENESS IS THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF: December 16-19, 2021

Letting go of past grudges, concerns,
misdeeds, misconduct,
hurt, suffering, struggle,
or guilt is one of the greatest things
we can do for our well-being.
In fact, it’s the only way we
can move forward to experience our good.

Forgiveness is so fundamental
to a compassionate heart
that the ancient text instructs us
not to go to the altar
asking for anything,
until we have first forgiven.

How many times do we forgive?
As often as it takes,
or at least seventy-seven times,
or seven times seventy.

Forgiveness does not mean
that we accept or condone
the misdeeds that we forgive.
Forgiveness means that
we remove them from
our own souls
so that we
free ourselves to
a consciousness greater
than the toxins
that attempt to weaken us.
As Einstein said,
we cannot solve a problem
at the level of the problem.

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CELEBRATING PETER KATER through the following excerpts from iTunes
Blessing, Healing, Walk in Beauty (featuring Joseph Firecrow), Vastitude

In Between the World and Me,
Ta-Nehisi Coates tells his son

“I am sorry that
I cannot make it okay.
I am sorry that I cannot save you—
but not that sorry.
Part of me thinks
that your very vulnerability
brings you closer to the meaning of life . . . .

I have always wanted you
to attack every day
of your brief bright life
in struggle. . . .

I would not have you descend
into your own dream.
I would have you be a conscious citizen
of this terrible
and beautiful world.”

Forgiveness liberates us from sin
so that we do not miss the mark
by descending into energy
that does not serve us.

Forgiving is “not patting one another
on the back and
turning a blind eye to the wrong.

. . . . True reconciliation . . . .
is a risky undertaking
but in the end it is worthwhile,
because in the end dealing
with the real situation
helps to bring real healing.”

Desmond Tutu,
from No Future Without Forgiveness

“Forgiving means abandoning
your right to pay back the perpetrator
in his own coin,

but it is a loss
that liberates the victim.”

Desmond Tutu,
from No Future Without Forgiveness

“True forgiveness deals with the past,
all of the past,
to make the future possible.

We cannot go on nursing grudges
even vicariously for those
who cannot speak for themselves
any longer.

We have to accept that
what we do we do for generations
past, present, and yet to come.

That is what makes a community
a community
or a people
a people—
for better or for worse.”

Desmond Tutu,
from No Future Without Forgiveness

One Comment Add yours

  1. Paulette Lucas says:

    Thanks so much for blessing me on a regular I truly appreciate the new post. Paulette

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