For most of us - at least those of you who are reading this right now - we've been raised to be loving and kind, to be generous toward others, and to try to forgive easily.
But what about when you feel you've been violated or abused in some way (big or small, abuse can be a horrendous thing to go through), or what if you've been betrayed by someone you trusted?
All of us, in this lifetime, will experience aspects of all of these. And it is our response to them that matters.
What do you do?
Do you scream and yell? Or do you remain silent - in the name of forgiveness - and try to let it go? It turns out that letting go can be really hard.
Thoughts of this situation can keep coming back to you. So you try, and you try, but when the thoughts of this other person, or this situation, come back to you, you can then become angry with yourself for not doing such a good job at "forgiving and forgetting" and that letting go is proving to be a radically more challenging endeavor than you ever thought it would be!
Relief! That's all you're seeking, and you're not sure which way to turn.
You try to forgive, but you're still mad. You try to let go, but the thoughts continue to return. Right?
Forgiveness does not mean that you swallow whatever occurred and then stay mad until you can figure out how to suppress it long enough to go on with your life.
The ego loves this. It loves to be the one that's right all the time or to wear the badge of honor it thinks it has by claiming to be a victim.
Whatever occurred, you had a hand in it, in order to help you grow.
When you can truly forgive, you will see the light of Truth of what exactly that growth for you is all about. And once you see that, and can grow in the way you are being called to grow, you can often come to the place of feeling gratitude for the perpetrator of this "offense."
It was not an offense at all! It was, and is, a gift.
Another part of what the Course is teaching us in this lesson here is that although you might have the desire to attack, if you DO need to respond to someone, the best response is Truth.
Truth does not attack. It simply IS.
The illusion is that you've been 'hurt,' and that you need to be afraid and to protect yourself.
Listen up. If you are a Holy Child of God, with the power to create inherent in you just as it is in God, there is no need to fear.
There is no need to justify an attack.
There is no need to acquire a badge of victimhood because only a less-than-all-powerful human being would ever want anything like that!
You are stronger and better every day.
You are walking home to God, in every moment.
And that, my dears, is what Love Is.
All the energy you give to trying to resolve this in a higher light is opening yourself to more Love.
Forgiveness is an act of Love, for yourself. You are releasing the illusion of having been hurt, and opening to Love so you will receive the Truth that will set you free from this bondage.
And miracles will follow after you have truly forgiven and have seen the Light of Truth enter into your mind. 😉
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