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FORGIVENESS.

But, what does it really mean to forgive?

What I’ve learned for myself and working with others as a qigong healer/psychotherapist is that “forgiveness” is one of the most difficult things to do. Yet, it is ABSOLUTELY necessary in the healing of trauma – whether it is to forgive another, forgive your “God”, or forgive yourself.

In fact, forgiveness is essential to our overall health and well-being, whether or not we’ve been traumatized.

Forgiveness, first and foremost, is a process – an often times lengthy one at that. It is NOT a one-shot deal! Sometimes, it takes doing it over and over, each time letting go of a little more anger, pain, and sadness.

It’s also not about just saying the words, “I forgive you”.  Forgiveness does not come from the mind. It comes from the heart. The heart is the entry way into our souls.

However, our hearts can harbor the angst for a long time, a sharp or dull ache that we keep close inside us.

The first thing we need to understand about forgiveness is that it’s NOT about excusing another for whatever pain they caused or you think they’ve caused.  It is about releasing the toxic emotions that will make you or keep you sick because you’ve somehow stuffed all the pain in your heart.

You need to let your heart break .  It is in the breaking that begins the process of healing. When your heart breaks, it opens the floodgates for the emotions to flow out.

It is this very out pouring of feelings that leads to forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry »

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My good friend, Chairani, sent me this link. Finally, someone is talking about how to combine spiritual mysticism with social/political activism.

Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Click the link below to see what Andrew Harvey has to say about how this is the critical time for us to  take back our country our POWER and how we can do it.

http://www.liloumace.com/Occupy-Wall-street-facing-the-crising-Sacred-Activism-Andrew-Harvey_a1671.html.

I for one am grateful that someone is giving us a plan to combine the spiritual with action, that it’s not enough for us to simply meditate, that we must also do something. And, that we must do it together, for that is where the power comes from – ALL OF US!

I find synergy amazing !

Right after I finished blogging about “survival of the fittest” and the mind-set of competition that it sets up worldwide, I receive a link from Lisa Garr’s The Aware Radio Talk show in which she interviews Gregg Braden who speaks to this very concept in his new book, Deep Truth.

Gregg is a spiritual teacher who is also a trained scientist. He, therefore, bridges for us the gap between science and spirituality. Read the rest of this entry »

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