I have been listening to work by people who are inspired by A Course in Miracles. They speak about "forgiveness". How do you view "forgiveness"? And why is the act of "forgiveness" so hard?
Appreciate your insight. —Nancy
I'm very interested in this question. I was taught forgiveness from childhood, as were many of us raised in the US. But when I received The 33 Lessons in meditation,, the guides were very clear that the term was not quite right.
Instead of forgiveness, they used the term compassion.
We don't forgive another person, we have compassion for that person and for ourselves.
It's a fairly small difference.. but it makes sense to me.
Ours is not to forgive; we aren't above another person.
We are all equally Divine, each a part of One.
But it can always be ours to have compassion.
To "forgive" is also not honest energy exchange. Sometimes, it gives us the reward or feeling of being "good" when we forgive.
But compassion, there is no reward. It simply accepting that we are One, all of us. And that what affects one affects the One... we are all human, all souls, all having same experience of pain, confusion, growth, and so on. All the same.
If you want to go deep in this understanding, check out my book The Four Passages of the Heart.