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6 Feb 2018   Shanti Gowans
Forgiveness sets you free.
Forgiveness offers everything you want:
care and safety,
the warmth of sure protection,
peace, happiness, a certainty of purpose,
a quiet mind, with a sense of quietness that cannot be disturbed,
gentleness that can never be hurt,
a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world,
a deep, abiding comfort
and a rest so perfect it can never be upset.
It sparkles your eyes as you awake
and gives you joy with which to meet the day.
It soothes your forehead while you sleep,
and rests upon your eyelids,
so you see no dreams of fear and evil, malice and attack.
When you are stuck in judgement of another,
no matter how justified that judgement may feel
you vibrate at a lower level,
a vibration which attracts negativity into your life
and limits your capacity for peace and joy.
When you let go of judgement and forgive,
you release yourself of that tension and trauma.
You free your energy to create a new and miraculous life.
Forgiveness is not about the other person.
It is a blessing for you.
It offers you freedom from the bondage of
resentment, self-righteousness, judgement and hate.
By unloading this emotional burden
you feel lighter, happier and more peaceful.
You begin vibrating at a higher level frequency
and attract all you want into your life.
Compassion becomes part of your consciousness.
Compassion gives you permission to let go 
of everything from rage to hate
and you feel deep relief. 
You will be able to experience the present moment fully
and with deep gratitude.
You look forward to the future
it offers you day after day of happiness and peace.
It is the secret to living a better life.
Forgiveness does not mean that you stay quiet about injustice.
You may find that you are guided to speak up for yourself
or others as part of your forgiveness practice.
The key lies in taking spiritually aligned action,
showing up from a place of true power,
and operating with love instead of hate.
Forgiveness does not mean that you have to stick around.
Accepting others where they are and forgiving them
does not mean that you let someone walk all over you.
It does not have to mean that you endorse what they are doing.
it means you allow them to be where they are
and do not try to change them.
So for instance you can forgive someone for being abusive
and absolutely get out of a toxic and violent relationship.
Sometimes when we accept someone for who they are,
all we can do is accept them
and move on from our relationship with them.
We can say "I accept you and I honour you,
but I can't be a part of this."
You can see someone in the light
without having them in your life.
Ultimately forgiving others
frees us from the burden of judging them.
Forgiving does not mean that you let someone off the hook for seriously hurting you,
it certainly does not mean that you need to have this person in your life.
And you don't have to expend energy on judging them.
You can instead, be free.
Forgiveness is a process.
It can take time.
It is a practice, and something we must turn to often.
However, it does not have to be a really long, arduous process
that requires a lot of effort and pious commitment.
It does not have to be hard, and does not take superhuman strength.
Forgiveness requires very little.
All you need is the desire to be free
and the slightest willingness to see
that forgiveness can give you that freedom.
Forgiveness is not something you have to figure out
or work to accomplish.
It is a gift that is bestowed upon anyone who truly wants it.
Even if you are holding on to a lot of anger and rage,
hurt or resentment toward someone
and not know how to forgive them,
just be willing to forgive and let the Universe show you the way.
Just relax and know that your desire to forgive is enough!
Your willingness to forgive
is enough to open the door to forgiveness.
Do nothing and let forgiveness show you what to do.
The moment you are willing, the universe steps in
and reverses the effects of judgement and fear.
Your inner being longs to align with love,
and the moment you release your ego
and align with your universal strength 
that alignment is set into motion.
Are you ready to be willing to be free,
to take the first step towards forgiveness,
willing to release the victim story,
wiling to be happier and safe?
When you arrive at this point, 
you have chosen happiness over judgement,
love over fear.
You are ready to live with more grace,
and accept that a life of peace and joy
is the only sane choice.
From here, spirit will lead the way.
I can judge or I can be free.
Forgiveness is a blessing for me.
It allows me to live a better life.
By willing to forgive,
even when I am not sure how it will happen
or how long it will take,
I allow myself to begin to heal.
Forgiveness sets me free.


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