Open Heart… Insert Forgiveness
By Ron Marshall, RScP
“Forgiveness won’t happen in your head until it happens in your heart.” ~Debbie Ford
Lately, I have been bringing more awareness to what upsets me, and I discovered that I had some pockets of unforgiveness to release. These pockets were tied to some of the earliest hurts that I perceived I or others had inflicted on me in my life. Some were things that I thought I had released and forgiven.
One of those was a broken promise by someone I looked up to to take me fishing. I realized I had forgiven at the surface level and still there was a deeper disappointment to forgive. This time I allowed myself to feel the emotions associated with the situation that I felt as a child without fear or avoidance of the feelings. I opened my heart and viewed the situation and my feelings through the microscope of Love.
From this perspective, I was reminded that forgiveness is not an exercise in rationalization and that to truly forgive, I needed to honor my perspective that “somebody (including myself) done me wrong”. Not doing so was a form of denial and left me stuck with the pain and erroneous assumptions I made about my worthiness. Releasing myself and the one I felt had hurt me meant moving through the my disappointment the way a shoot moves through the shell of the seed and up through the soil to bring the flower into the light. In doing so, it has allowed me to hold myself and those around me in the light of Love.
I open my heart and allow the light of forgiveness to shine upon all.