Freedom is experienced on many levels. One may be considered free in a physical sense, to travel, choose one’s profession, hobbies, friends, etc. Real freedom goes deeper than the surface activities of life. For true freedom involves peace of mind and heart.
One aspect of freedom involves living in the present where life is fresh and ever new; where we drop the excess baggage we’ve been carrying from the past. The act of forgiveness frees our mind and heart and brings sweet release of condemnation and judgment. Whether we need to forgive ourself or another, forgiveness is the soothing balm that heals many a wound.
Forgiveness becomes possible only when we are willing to be open to be happy rather than upset, angry and hurt. Remember try to not take every transgression so personally; remember the way someone treats you says far less about you than it does about them.
I believe that every person is always doing the very best they can from the point of awareness and consciousness from which they are operating – even and especially yourself. So be kind and compassionate with self and others. Be willing to drop regurgitating the offence in your mind, heart and to others. Free yourself of blame and you will be available for God’s goodness and grace to move through you.
Say with me: “I am willing to let bygones be bygones as I forgive myself and others transgressions. I live in the eternal now and am set free to experience peace of mind at any and every given moment.”
—Rev. Gay Beauregard, Alpine Church of Spiritual Living