Building upon the message of yesterday's post, I will add a few thoughts about forgiveness and how it allows us to live in alignment with our true selves.
God/Goddess is perfect and creates perfect and holy souls; therefore our true selves are perfect and holy. Our true self is the creation that God/Goddess says we are, not who we pretend to be. If we only knew our true selves we would never pretend otherwise.
What keeps us from being who we really are and expressing our true selves? Besides the belief that we are imperfect or separate from our creator, it is our unforgiveness that causes us to live inauthentically--a life of lies.
To hold a grudge or grievance is to see yourself as a body rather than as a spirit having an experience in a body. Holding a grievance brings grief into our life and allows the ego to rule our mind, which is split. A split, or double-minded person is like a cork on the water--it is moved along by the current on a path of least resistance; however, our resistance to truth is really more difficult than living an authentic life.
This split mind causes us to see ourselves as separate from the Divine. The mind that holds a grudge or does not forgive denies that he was created by Love as a perfect child of God/Goddess. Allowing hatred to enter our minds, we believe that we have become separate from God. In an attempt to reconcile ourselves and justify our unforgiveness, we redefine God in our human image rather than living in the true likeness of a loving God in which we were created. For who can harbor hatred and not be afraid of a perfect God? Now, in addition to holding a grievance and hatred, we also invite guilt to be our companion, which only further divides our mind and causes us to feel isolated from the Divine.
The solution is easy. Offer forgiveness to all and accept yourself as a loving and perfect child of God/Goddess in whom there is only love--never condemnation. Those who forgive will find peace. Those who forgive will remember who they are.
Luke 9:1-20 in the New International Version of the Bible reads, "Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life (reincarnation)." "But what about you?" Jesus asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ, the son of God."
The crowds may say you are something other than Christ, a perfect and holy child of a loving creator. But, I ask you, the sons and daughters of God, "Who do you say you are?"
Our willingness to forgive tells us who we really believe ourselves to be. Who do you need to forgive in order to live authentically now? You may need to forgive yourself!