Forgiveness is many things. Above all else, forgiveness is the choice to accept and to love instead. There is a true divine power of forgiveness that leaves no heart untouched by a miracle, and no wound untouched by compassion.
“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou
What Forgiveness Means
What is forgiveness, really? What does it mean to forgive, fully and sincerely? A Course In Miracles teaches that “Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation.” Much of our fear and attack stems from the belief that we’re all separated, that we’re alone watching the world around us.
Does our energy not extend from ourselves to those around us? Does others’ energy not influence our own? Have we not experienced a deep feeling of oneness with someone we love? Have we not felt a connection that words could not describe?
Perhaps the feeling of being in love with another, or being in a deeply meditative state, is the closest we come to that feeling of oneness.
Forgiveness is the realization that we are all expressions of the same thing. Forgiveness is a reflection of our oneness with all of life. Forgiveness is the return to the present moment, free from the pains of our past and the worries of our future so we can experience the fullness of life right here.
The choice to forgive means that we choose to love above all else. To forgive with abandon means we let our belief in separation go, and only then can we love fully and openly because we realize that giving this gift means to receive this gift.
Forgiveness is about being the hero of your life, not the victim. It is about having the courage to take responsibility for how you feel, however the feeling takes form. It is about taking back your power, and not letting anyone or anything outside of you hold the key to your inner peace.
Forgiving others is about your healing. Forgiving yourself is about returning to peace and joy. Forgiving life events is about trusting in the process and that the universe has your back. Forgiveness is the ultimate gift.
The Power of Forgiveness Is a Miracle
A miracle is simply a shift in perception—simple but powerful, because it changes everything.
The willingness to forgive re-conditions your internal environment to be forgiving, to be compassionate, to be more loving and accepting of whatever happens in your external environment. You’re bound to give more love when you open yourself up to positive change, and you’re bound to receive more love when you’re willing to (for)give more.
Choosing to forgive where you have not forgiven before is different—it’s significant, really. It means you’ve chosen again. That’s the miracle, because it can change your life!
Your internal words shifts because you’ve changed your mind. The power of forgiveness is that it transforms—your perspective, your perception of the past, the energy of the present, the possibilities for the future.
Shifting into a miracle mindset is the perfect foundation for forgiveness.
Give and You Shall Receive
Think about this. Think about a time you received the gift of forgiveness, especially when you didn’t expect it. How did it make you feel? Remember this feeling, and hold onto it.
We are human, and we all mess up. Showing mercy to a fellow human being is a divine quality, indeed. If you’re willing to forgive, be ready to receive good feelings in return.
Personally, I’ve found the experience of being forgiven to be dramatic. I was able to trade my shame into peace. I could go about my life with more closure, gratitude, and joy. I was relieved beyond measure. I experienced a miracle, I am sure.
Forgiveness is the ultimate gift, for the one who is forgiven and for the one who is forgiving. That is the divine power of forgiveness, for the call of love has been answered. Any time that has happened, a miracle has happened.
- What has been bothering you lately, that could use the healing power of forgiveness?
- Are you willing to forgive? Are you willing to let it go, and live for today (even just for today)?
Please share your loving thoughts, insights, lessons in forgiveness, and any inspiring stories of acceptance, peace, and moving on with me in the comments.
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I think it’s important to remember, too, that we can forgive ourselves for not wanting to forgive.