Since LOVE is Eternal, Death and Change need Not be viewed as Fearful.

Attitudinal Healing Principle #11
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OUR BODY, OUR “SELF” AND LOVE

Through the exploration of the principles of Attitudinal Healing, we learned in Principle #1 that “Love is a given; a permanent energy in the universe and in each human being; it is our natural state.”  When we extend or receive love, it comes from the core of our being, our spirit that is connected to all and through God.  When we think about love we often think about the heart, but it is more than our physical heart or body.  It is an essence that we give and receive…so it is more than just our body.  During surgery, can the surgeon touch love inside of us?  Can we touch it?  No, it is not of the body but of the spirit self.  It is more than our body.  So, even when our body does not inhabit this earth, our love, which is energy, continues on.  Can you feel the love of someone who was really close to you whose body has departed the earth plane?  I sure can from my parents, as they were so unconditionally loving to me.  Because of this it might be easier for me to feel that, but love energy is always eternal; it never dies. 

 In Richard Bach’s book, “One”, there is an interesting and beautiful chapter when the wife dies and is yelling to her husband to feel her love, but he is in too much grief to listen.  They learned that in dying, our soul overcomes death, as many spiritual beliefs also believe, but he was not ready to listen to her, as they had agreed to do when either of them passed on.  To feel love, we must stop our “left-brain thinking”, actions and drama because love is not from thinking or overload; it is from feeling our essence and the essence of others. 

When we do not fear death, we can live fully in our LOVE essence, and live life fully.

 If we fear death, then do we fear life?  Perhaps.  When we do not fear death, we can live fully in our love essence, and live life fully (this does not mean we take unreasonable risks).  The quality of life relates directly to our fear of death.  As we have learned, love and fear cannot co-exist as love is pure and can be only love.  I have had the privilege of being with a few people who were in their last hours of living on this earth.  I thought it was going to be a really hard thing to do; but it wasn’t.  It was an honor to just love them and share in this spiritual journey with them.  When one of my cats died suddenly and previous to that experience, I could not be in the room when any of my other cats were euthanized.  This time, I was able to stay with him and just love him.  Of course, times like these are sad and we cry, but it is also a privilege, and can even be a joy, to be in that essence.  A joy to know that LOVE lives on!

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CHANGE AND INNER PEACE

This principle has usually focused on love and death.  But CHANGE is a “death” of a past experience and transformation into a new experience.  We encounter change in relationships, employment, homes, things, health, etc.  I, personally, have experienced big changes in my life in many of those areas listed.  Leaving a home where my children grew up; leaving a job I thought I would retire at; having a couple of relationships fall apart when I was “in Love”.  These can feel life changing at the time and hard to imagine something better will come along.  I have come to realize that my condo is such a good thing in a number of ways and its location.  I have met some amazing people in more recent jobs.  And learned more and more about myself in relationships. 

With every loss there is a gain as it is important to learn from our past so we have a happier more successful “now moment” and future…and to experience inner peace no matter what is happening.  I have more and more inner peace with less and less expectations.  As we believe that love is the essence of our being, and healing is letting go of fear, AND we can be peaceful no matter what is happening around us…we realize that change and death need not be feared.  (AH Principles #1,2&8)

KNOW that love is eternal, changeless, timeless and has no form.

 So, once we KNOW that love is eternal, changeless, timeless and has no form, even with changes in life and in facing our own death and after the death of a loved one, we do not need to feel fear…and we can still enjoy life and continue to experience LOVE.

 No matter the question…Love is THE Answer…moment by moment!      

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(Some concepts are taken from “To See Differently” by Susan Trout
(out of print but has been available through Amazon.com).

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The WHOLE of LIFE

We can focus on the Whole of life rather than the fragments.

Attitudinal Healing Principle #10

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FRAGMENTS
So, what are the fragments of life?  They are the thoughts, feelings, desires, events, anything that distracts us from our awareness of the whole of life.  Our worldly life.  For most of us they are the thoughts that we have MOST of the day…and night…what we tend to focus on most of the time.  Usually this is our lower self, our human/ego self that is concerned with the fragments.  It is what stresses us out.  Are you stressed?  It is the fear-based thoughts that trigger our anger, frustration, judgments, sadness, dissatisfactions, guilt, anxiety/depression, hopelessness, etc.  These and other events and activities in life are fragments of life that distract us from our spiritual self.  We can then feel confused, isolated and alone as well as even purposeless and hopeless.  Fragments tend to be events that we attach to and have expectations of, and when we focus on them, they expand in our life.  Remember, what we focus on expands!  Do you really want more of this?

It takes “paying attention…it does not cost you anything!” to identify the fragments and CHOOSE to see the whole of life to have more inner peace. 

WHOLE OF LIFE
I would rather focus on the whole of life which is our spiritual perspective…our higher self.  Focusing on the whole of life means seeing beyond appearances, realizing our Oneness and Unity with all.  We may recognize the fragments but we do not identify and attach with them when we focus on the whole of life.  The whole of life reflects the integration and balance of one’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical selves.  Our life does contain the fragments, but we are not these parts of life.  We are more than that.  When we are in our spiritual self we are in a more healing place.  Our ability to see life as a whole is strengthened through meditation and spiritual disciplines as they connect us to the divine healing power of unconditional love.  The whole of life is when we live life fully and with joy!

PUSH =            P = Pray      U = until      S = something      H = happens.

“I am one with God and the universe.  I am whole and complete.
I am aware of my whole life.  And I am grateful.”

Suggestion: Repeat the affirmation 3 times and tap your heart chakra (middle of chest) at the same time.

Whole of life

Jerry Jampolsky’s book, Out of Darkness into the Light: A Journey of Inner Healing.  Known for his extensive pioneering in the field of Attitudinal Healing, Dr. Jampolsky now shares his journey from severe depression, guilt and near alcoholism to a true “miracle”: an inner healing and infusion of life that was truly against the odds.

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(Some concepts are taken from “To See Differently” by Susan Trout
(out of print but has been available through Amazon.com).

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THE POWER OF LIFELONG LEARNING

We are Students and Teachers to Each other.

Attitudinal Healing Principle #9.

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SYNCHRONICITY

We have left the summer and are in the fall season, it is back to school…but really, learning is a lifelong process for our mind-heart connection.  As we begin to look at the “teachers” we have had, we become aware that synchronicity plays a very important part in this Attitudinal Healing Principle because teachers and students meet when they are ready to meet; there are no accidents.  When we are ready, someone or something will appear, or happen, for us to learn…and every learning activity does not necessarily mean that we have learned it all really well yet, so we are given multiple and repeated chances to learn the lessons of love which guide us to the realization of our true essence! 

Learning is a lifelong process for our mind-heart connection.

We learn in many different ways ~ from people, illnesses, accidents, gifts, events, animals, nature …anything.  And those people (or events) that we have the highest or the lowest regard for (judgment about) are our greatest teachers.  Actually, every encounter, no matter with whom or what, is a learning opportunity for us. 

FOR GOOD     (song from the play WICKED)

I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason

Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you ….
          Songwriter: STEPHEN LAWRENCE SCHWARTZ

I believe this is true. I have experienced and paid attention to what people and situations show me about me.  What are they teaching us, anyway? Are we extending love or giving a call for help/love?  They are bringing a quality of ourselves to our awareness, either positive or negative/ harmful, that we have temporarily forgotten was a part of us. Perhaps it is a loving or forgiving part; or maybe it is anger or resentment; or maybe it is some judgment or fear-based feeling.  I think Judgement is a big attention getter!  The “lesson” can reflect back to us a quality that our soul wants us to change in order to have more inner peace and more unconditional loving regard for ourselves and others.  Or it can show us the loving essence that we are shining out into the world. 

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FORGIVENESS
Many times the uncomfortable opportunity is a chance to forgive (ourselves and others) which is a wonderful chance for us to bring more inner peace to our lives and the lives of others.  Forgiveness brings more connection and love into relationships…and is the result of letting more unconditional love into our life.  (See AH Principle #6 on Forgiveness.)

ULTIMATE PURPOSE
What is the ultimate purpose of us looking at our “lessons”?  What are we really showing others?  It is always about our relationship to Love (to God). 

When we can change our minds and change our lives to be closer to Love and to be more peaceful…to create miracles, this is truly joy!  The fulfillment of Hope! 

Hope

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(Some concepts are taken from “To See Differently” by Susan Trout
(out of print but has been available through Amazon.com).

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THE POWER TO CHOOSE

We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.

ATTITUDINAL HEALING PRINCIPLE # 8

(NOTE: TO SEE ALL THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF ATTITUDINAL HEALING SEE BLOG POST OF MARCH 15, 2018.)
Personal Note: I am reminded that Attitudinal Healing is a “Process” and I realize that I am learning something new as I re-learn and remember that…LOVE is the answer…and my only goal is inner peace.  I hope this is still worthwhile for you, also.        With peace and love, Susan Thiem

PEACE OF MIND AND MIRACLES!

Can we really choose to be peaceful no matter what?  Really?  Is my only goal inner peace?  This is the ultimate goal of Attitudinal Healing (AH).  Inner peace comes from knowing that we have the POWER to CHOOSE our attitude in any situation.  We do have that power!  Did you know that? 

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My only Goal is Inner Peace.

I have already told you about a story of being with a “boyfriend” on a New Year’s Eve at his place and he got angry with me for what I perceived as a simple question I asked.  I was devastated that New Year’s was ruined and I went into a bedroom and cried; I was in my worldly, ego-based, fear place.  Even though I was a pretty new student of AH, I soon realized I could “choose peace instead of this” stress and disappointment.

We bring peace to any situation when we bring a peaceful mind, which comes from love, so I changed my focus to my loving God, asked for help, and felt peace.  So now I got a second chance to go back to my friend (realizing Principle #12 as well…that he was giving a call for help/love) and I came from a place of understanding and love with him now.  (Also, I determined my boundaries for the evening as I have a right to do, from a loving place, for myself.)  He became calm and loving and we had a good evening together as I gave up the “past” hour and lived in the moment.  I chose to be peaceful “in the now”, instead of being “right” and staying angry and disappointed.  I have had many situations to practice this principle in my life in the past few years. 

Whenever we change our minds…
from conflict to peace and
from fear to love … we have a miracle!!!

CONNECTION AND CHOICE
As we see in the story above, I found my peace in this relationship issue by connecting to spirit and connecting in love with this other person.  Peace of mind is a result of healing our emotional wounds through giving up all thoughts of separation with our Godly spirit and each other, which is the essence of our being.  Inner peace and the experience of lovePeace in sand is found when we CHOOSE to quiet our minds (and actions) and truly WANT to experience peace in our minds.  Our inner peace comes when we know we have the power to choose our attitude in ANY situation…when we bring a peaceful mind to the incident…in that moment, and also when we go into our thoughts of our “past” and choose to see them differently, with forgiveness (Principle #6) and a peaceful mind, in the moment; moment by moment. 

SECOND CHANCE  (song*)

I got a second chance to be the best that I can be
I got a second chance to show the world a loving me
I thought I was a victim of my circumstance
But I see clearly since I got a second chance.

I got a second chance to share the love that’s in my heart
I got a second chance to make my world a work of art
My life (or situation) looked like a real disaster as first glance
But things look better since I got a second chance.

I got a second chance to sweeten up my attitude
I got a second chance to live my life in gratitude
A second chance at making love, not war
A second chance to let my spirit soar.

I got a second chance to choose love and embrace the light
And I’m determined that, this time, I’m gonna make things right
Now I see life as a sacred song and dance
I hear life’s music since I got a second chance.

*Song by Michael Krieger, Abundance (CD).  www.michaelkrieger.com

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(Some concepts are taken from “To See Differently” by Susan Trout
(out of print but has been available through Amazon.com).

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LOVE Finding – Whaaa-Whooo!

When we are focused on LOVE-finding we see beyond the person and personality to the LOVE ESSENCE of ourselves and others.

Love in its Essence

LOVE-FINDING

As we learned in AH Principle #1, the Essence of our being is love,  this is true for everyone …even those that hurt us or seem distant and unconnected, and even ourselves when we are in an angry, frustrated, disappointed, shame or guilty state, or any fear-based condition.  When we are focused on love-finding we are feeling our connection to the Divine Spirit and love supports us in our Attitudinal Healing purpose of, “our only goal is inner peace”. When we have our peaceful moments, we are in our state of love which connects us all.

Love Finder = Connection         OR         Fault Finding = Separation

FAULT-FINDING

When we are fault-finding we are focused on seeing the person, their personality and human/ego-based choices…and on ourselves and our fear-based choices.  It is seeing the negative, not the positive.  If we believe in the concept that, “what we focus on expands” then when we focus on fault-finding…that behavior expands in our lives and situations.

What do you want to focus on and expand in YOUR life?

 To fault-find is to see ourselves and others as “victims” of our circumstances, mostly from our past, and that we have no power or control over changing.  We can only change our perspective and attitude / mind.  When we have victim thinking, we cannot heal ourselves and find inner peace because we are not focused on the healing power of love.  Ego based thoughts do not heal or bring peace of mind.

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PROGRAMMING

As we go through life, we get into the “habit” of focusing on love-finding or fault-finding.  Maybe this is from our upbringing or the situations that we have been in.  And the world supports us in fault-finding and victim thinking as we continue our “righteous” thoughts of “oh, poor me…look what happened to me” and obtain sympathy.  We think we are getting love that way.  This habit can become a way of life.

OR the habit of love-finding and more inner peace can be your way of life.  With an Awesome Attitude we want to support each other in love-based programming!  Which do YOU want in your life?  What do you want to choose?  Paying attention and practice get us to our goal.

My New Year’s Eve
As we are love-finding, we begin to see the value and the learning opportunity in every circumstance…to learn to choose love instead of ego/fear-based, fault-finding.  As I am confronted with anger from someone else which might bring up anger in me…I try to remember to take myself away from the situation and “return to love” even when my ego wants to keep me in my anger.  This happened to me one New Year’s Eve (New Year’s Eve!!!).  I could have gotten mad and yelled and left… and I did leave the room, upset and crying from a misunderstanding, until I could take a few minutes to get in touch with my heart and return with love and patience.  We then talked and had a nice remainder to the evening.

This was (and still is) a learning opportunity to choose love-finding in me…and extend that out into the world…to that other person if that is the case.  It is our ego thinking/programming that causes the problems in our world…last century and this.

“We will not solve the problems of the world, said Albert Einstein, “from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.  More than anything else, this new century (the 1900’s) demands new thinking. We must change our materially (ego) based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional (love) perspectives.”

Einstein

NOURISHING

Every genuine loving thought about ourselves or others is saved in the universe and spreads more love.  Love-finding connects us together and it connects us to God…and that is where we find the “peace that passes all understanding”…and can heal.  Which do you want to feed and nourish in your life?  As we acknowledge love-finding, we strengthen and nurture our emotional and spiritual well-being.   CHOOSE LOVE!

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(Some concepts are taken from “To See Differently” by Susan Trout
(out of print but has been available through Amazon.com).

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IN MY BACKYARD

BIRDS, BEES, AND BUTTERFLIES!

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(All photos are from My Back Yard!)

MEET STRIPE AND YELLOW…

In 1976 (yes, I am that old!) my big brother, Larry, sent me the bright yellow book, Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus.  It was inspirational to me at the beginning of my growing spiritual journey…and getting out of complacency.  It’s a wonderful, motivating story of two caterpillars, Stripe and Yellow, that is a “tale – partly about revolution and lots about hope for adults and others (including caterpillars who can read” as stated on the book’s cover.  Both of them struggle for meaning in life, to climb to the top of a pillar with all the other caterpillars, especially Stripe, to “get to the top”.  He and Yellow went up and came back down, tired and sad.  As their usual life went on Stripe thought “There must be still more to life” just as Jonathan Livingston Seagull thought!

So Stripe left Yellow to discover the secret of the top.  He couldn’t stand not knowing.  Heartbroken, not knowing another way, just knowing that the climbing way was not right, Yellow did not go and “waited”, showing the patience it takes for us to get our own “knowing” for our next step.

CLIMBING HIGHER

To me, this is initially about, what Attitudinal Healing calls, fear-base:

  • Stress in life
  • Frustration
  • Struggle
  • Doubt
  • Criticism; rejection
  • Striving to get ahead (higher & higher)

Does this sound like your life, getting on and off a pillar, struggling?  Mine sure has at times, especially before I started learning about the choice to change my attitude and live more peacefully with hope…when I felt trapped in an unhappy marriage.  Sometimes I’d felt like a “fuzzy worm”!  How about you?

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TRANSFORMATION

“How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside you or me when all is see is a fuzzy worm?” Yellow in Hope for the Flowers

As the story continues, Yellow embodies the feminine, motivating characteristics of empowerment of others and spreading love!  As the leader of love, she begins to transform her attitude into her full Love-base:

  • Courage
  • Patience
  • Risk taking
  • Compassion
  • Helping others
  • Hope
  • Sharing LOVE

Then, after Yellow talked to a grey-haired caterpillar, who she compassionately tried to help, who was going into its cocoon, that caterpillar told her,

“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar…. Life is changed, not taken away….  It just takes time.” – Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus

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 There is so much more to the story of Stripe’s struggles and Yellow’s choices.  They both have their “dark night of the soul” before their transformations.  This talks to us just like Awesome Attitudes (from Attitudinal Healing) does about changing our attitudes:

  • Dare to see life differently
  • Not following the crowd
  • Taking a chance to “let go” of the old, unhelpful beliefs
  • Encouragement / inspiration from others (support)
  • Letting go of fear
  • Choosing courage
  • Transformation into something truly beautiful and free
  • Taking a chance to open to LOVE
  • Sharing Love with others

“What is a butterfly?  It’s what you were meant to become.  It flies with beautiful wings and joins earth to heaven.  It drinks only nectar from the flowers and carries the seeds of love from one flower to another.”  – Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus

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MONARCH BUTTERFLY

I planted a tall, green Milkweed plant with pink flowers, in my backyard, to attract Monarchs a couple years ago.  (Milkweed is the only food of the Monarch caterpillars, so if you want Monarchs, plant Milkweed!)  I have had few butterflies until this year when I had a gorgeous, large, orange Monarch flying all around…even a few inches away from my nose!  And I had Stripe, the caterpillar, on the leaves   and actually have had 6 caterpillars on the leaves of the Milkweed!!!  And now more cocoons!  And, then butterflies and miraculously, I also have one yellow, yes, yellow, butterfly flying around my yard!  So I have both Stripe and Yellow the butterflies!  Awesome Love!

                              YELLOW!  Butterful-Yellow

“Once you are a butterfly, you can really love – the kind of love that makes new life.”  — – Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus

“There’s room in the sky for every flyer!?  .”  — Trina Paulus

Muri Butterflies     Monarch Butterflies

DARE TO LIVE

There is a song  that relates to this allegory and the principles of Awesome Attitudes:

Dare to Live, Payton Ray

There’s a big old world outside of my door
Ain’t gonna sit and watch it spin by no more
‘Cuz it ain’t slowing down or waiting on me
I’m gonna grab what I can while it’s within my reach

I’m gonna dare to live
I’m gonna live to learn
I’m gonna learn to dream
And I’m gonna dream big

I’m gonna take a risk
And risk it all
‘Til my all is all I have to give
I’m gonna dare to live

You know the past can steal your joy away
We’re not promised tomorrow all we got is today
With each sunrise there’s a brand new start
So take a deep breath and go and follow your heart.

LOVE

I wish you caterpillars and butterflies in your life…in your mind and your heart to be willing to choose to see and live differently.  To choose to learn to live in love, peace and kindness with every sunrise.  

All Hope for the Flowers Quotes by Trina Paulus 1972, 2000   Hope for the Flowers
Available on Amazon.com and most other book stores
Used with the author’s permission.

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Forgiveness; a Key to Expanding Love

We can learn to LOVE ourselves and others by FORGIVING rather than Judging.

ATTITUDINAL HEALING PRINCIPLE # 6
(NOTE: TO SEE ALL THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF ATTITUDINAL HEALING SEE BLOG POST OF MARCH 15, 2018.)

Personal Note: I am reminded that Attitudinal Healing is a “Process” and I realize that I am learning something new as I re-learn and remember that…LOVE is the answer…and my only goal is inner peace.  I hope this is still worthwhile for you, also.        With peace and love, Susan Thiem

 

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FORGIVING = Joining together       or      JUDGING = Separation

Forgiveness and judging are at two ends of the spectrum…can you see that?  One joins us together and offers support, the other separates us and adds to our loneliness.

JUDGEMENT

When we are judging (Complaining, Criticizing or Condemning: the Big 3 C’s) ourselves and others (which we can do EVERY DAY) it results in separation and isolation from our true selves, others…and God.  It separates us from loving ourselves in that moment.  We can feel anger, resentment, frustration, and more suffering.  Do you ever say to yourself, a child or someone else something like: “You dummy; or stupid, jerk” or worse?  If it’s about ourselves then we will feel that we are a victim; and we cannot heal when we stay in a judgment / victim mode.

  • Do you want to feel that way, even if you think you have a “right” to?
  • Do you want to feel alone and isolated?

You may feel justified…but that doesn’t feel good…it does not feel loving and healing!  This is damaging physically, psychologically and spiritually to our self and the other person.  If our only goal is inner peace, then we really do want to choose differently.

The first step is to be aware that we are judging/criticizing then acknowledge our judging.  Start by paying attention each day to when you criticize yourself or another person.

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FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves!

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves!  It is natural to want to forgive and be forgiven…and want inner peace. Forgiveness does NOT deny what happened or say that what you, or someone else did, was OK or helpful.  It does allow for the natural consequences (penalties, jail, failure, etc) of actions to occur.  For us, forgiveness is the willingness to search for a truth that lies beyond our understanding and the situation; to want to see life differently and have inner peace.  Forgiveness is the willingness to perceive ourselves and others when we are not in a loving state, as giving a call for help, which is a call for love.  (Learn more about this in Principle #12.)

 Results of Forgiveness

Can you understand that painful actions are coming from unhealed emotional wounds, usually from childhood, or some younger life, that are being acted out, expressed still today?  If these issues are resolved in adulthood then we are not as likely to “act out”…not as likely to come from fear so often or to such an extreme, and it is quicker and easier to come from love.

There are stories in Attitudinal Healing where parents and loved ones have forgiven murderers of their loved ones!  They released their hatred and felt compassion and love.  They hugged and cried together.  Now, that is forgiveness.  And it is a process.  It took them awhile to get there.  Forgiveness means that we want to live with an open heart and hold ourselves and others in our hearts and not hold on to our unhealthy feelings and fear-based thoughts, which harm us.

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Grace

Forgiveness is grace and is not something you “do” but something that reveals itself.  Grace is an attitude and it does not imply that a specific action must be taken by either person.  With grace as our intention, we experience an inner change in our perception of how we see another person (and/or ourselves).

Furthermore, forgiveness reduces stress and positively affects the physical and mental health of the person doing the forgiving.  Good reasons to forgive!  Try it!

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What I’ve Learned

I have had two people who I have had an especially hard time forgiving in my life.  One was my ex-husband and the other was a teacher what was particularly critical of one of my children.  I has angry, disappointed, and sad at times.  I thought they “should have known better” after all, they were adults.  I was judging and criticizing.  Finally I realized that when I did that I felt lousy inside and decided I did not want to feel that way any longer.  I could change my attitude!  Forgiveness is for me!  I could let them “go” and know that they will feel the consequences of their actions in some way.  It is OK for them to be them in whatever way they want to be…and I want to be me; kind, giving and forgiving, I hope.

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(Some concepts are taken from “To See Differently” by Susan Trout
(out of print but has been available through Amazon.com).

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