Forgiveness is often portrayed as an ultimate spiritual answer to just about any problem in life, but explanations of its power are often very vague. We are told that it is a gift we give to ourselves more than anyone else; or that living in a state of unforgiveness is like taking poison and hoping our enemies get sick, but this can give rise to one big question in minds:
Cool. And i like this idea of "setting things right", it makes me think about justice & truth & peace.
Thank you for the explanation
Think of forgiveness as pushing a giant reset button on your life. A lot of fear mongers talk of karma as if it is a ten-ton block around your neck, and you will be saddled with it forever and more, but that's just church crap. Ultra religious types love using religious and spiritual things to keep people living in fear. You're not saddled with your karma at all. It will keep on going until another force changes its energy forms, and that force is forgiveness. It does, as you say, set things right.
So if a repressed minority (ie the people's repressed under apartheid in South Africa) wants justice, truth and peace etc, it needs to stop living in anger and resentment, and forgive collectively. Then those those will start to manifest. Their lives and communities will also greatly improve.
In our lives, we may develop metaphysical patterns which keep us stuck in life. Things like poverty, bad health and so on. When we practice forgiveness, not only do we release these, but we also attract the things we need to do just that. So for instance, if you are an addict and you practice forgiveness, you will then attract the people and situations, or even support groups, who will help you to overcome your addiction, and the mental patterns which have caused it. When you do this and maintain it, you then learn your life lesson and can move on spiritually as well.
That's right. I practice forgiveness because i think that even if some people do not deserve it they are so damaged they are not able to behave in the right way. But i do not accept abuse anymore, abusive people are extremely dangerous for me and for themselves so even if i forgive them because i understand they come from dark places i stay away from them. Toxic people can ruin your Spirit and your life, we need to find pure souls for us and then maybe we could also help toxic people to believe in a path full of light, joy, love, sweetness and authenticity.
Just to say, Ho'oponopono, is more than the four affirmations said here. I know Joe Vitale has become popular and is regularly associated with Ho'oponopono, but he only teaches a very small part. I know I have seen a few posts relating to Ho'oponopono and there is this misconception thats it is only those four affirmations. In fact, the originator never used those four affirmations - ever. However the person who is now in charge of it has taught those four affirmations so I think its really important to share that this isn't the actual process.
Now I wanted to share an interesting email I had just received from the great rebirther Sondra Ray talking about forgiveness and it has an interesting test that is really worth while doing.
THE PROBLEM IS ANGER
I am trying to do my part helping people we see get over all their anger. So, I give everyone the forgiveness test. Where are they at forgiving the following people zero to ten.
(10 is total complete forgiveness, 0 is none, 5 is half.)
❖ Sibling you had the most trouble with
❖ Ex-spouse or ex-mate
It is always astounding to see what low scores people get. Many get below 5 and some even get 0, especially on themselves.
❡ Then I have to point out that this means they are still angry. Then I have to go over the consequences of anger. Then I have to process them on fears of giving up anger! The problem in relationships is this: what you don't forgive you keep attracting. Also, who you don't forgive, you are stuck with, or in other words, you have psychic attachments with them―and then you become like them! Forgiveness is the key to happiness.