THE GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF
As inspiration for this article, I pulled a card from my most fave Mythical Goddess oracle deck. I asked The Universe to guide me to a message that would be most helpful to you and the Priestess of Forgiveness presented herself to us!
The author’s message on this card says:
“The Priestess of Forgiveness comes to you when it is time for you to examine your heart to find where you have been withholding love from yourself and others.
Forgiveness is essential now, to let the loving light of the Goddess fill your heart. Let your ego and judgments of others go forever by opening to the absolution she represents.
Let your world and your very DNA be transformed through the power of forgiveness.”
As it’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States (as I write this), being in a state of forgiveness makes it a lot easier to be in a state of gratitude. Family gatherings are a joyous blessing to many but also for many, are a challenge to deal with, bringing up old hurts and sometimes dysfunctional family patterns of behavior.
Forgiveness isn’t about making the other person’s behavior OK. Forgiveness is a gift of peace you give yourself. You decide to let go of the anger, resentment, hurt, frustration that YOU are holding, so that YOU can return to your own divinity and be at peace and harmony within YOUR life.
Sometimes the person that needs the most forgiving is the one staring at you in the mirror! In fact, YOU are always the most important person to forgive for whatever you imagine you’ve done so wrong and so terrible that it needs forgiveness. There is a school of thought, to which I subscribe, that says everything we do is just a step on our journey – no matter how “backward” or “off course” it appears to be at the time.
The bottom line is this: You can’t be grateful and resentful at the same time. And you can’t be at peace and war at the same time. Forgiveness is the magic transformer. Forgive yourself, forgive the ones who you think have done “wrong” and you get to return to Peace.
And from Peace it’s very easy to get to Gratitude.
And from Gratitude . . . Joy is only a heart beat away!
Try this quickie meditation:
Take a few moments right now to pause and go into your heart center.
Close your eyes and connect with your Inner Guidance and Divine Greatness.
From that space, ask if there is someone (or many ones) in your life that you will be seeing this week perhaps, or a troubling situation, that you would like to choose peace about. Invite the Priestess of Forgiveness to join you if you like.
Surround that person or situation AND YOU with glorious gold and pink light that so sparkles and shimmers and fills the space so that PEACE flows all around you. Allow that Peace to be infused into every cell of your being as you gently open your eyes and return to Now.
And so it is and so it shall be.
May you have the courage to forgive
and may your heart be filled with
Peace, Gratitude and abundant Joy.