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THE WEEK OF FORGIVENESS
01 - 07 February 2015


“"Forgiveness is the eraser, which makes the painful past vanish."

Sophias Rose invites you to participate in the Forgiveness Week 2015. If you can't participate, you may use the material at another time of the year. It would be a good thing if forgiveness is going to fill more of humanity's common consciousness.

Forgiveness is to make efforts to create right relations without setting any preconditions, without demanding anything of the other. Forgiveness is to see the one to be forgiven as neutral as possible.

Forgiveness is a process that is going on inside of us. Forgiveness has to be thought and felt before it can be put into practice. You have to observe what it is in yourself that has been hurt and left you angry or sad or powerless etc., but also to recognize that the solution is not to demand an excuse or another behavior of the other. The solution lies in the acceptance of your negative emotions and of the fact that it is your personal problem. You can't be sure that the offensive person is aware of having offended you.

Forgiveness is the keynote of the universe. It is a note, sounding upon levels where 'to give for' is natural, where nothing is required in return. Upon these levels you are not only fed by human feelings. You are nurtured by the soul and the ocean of energies of selflessness existing and being available there, accessible and attainable. When you work with forgiveness, you work at the same time on becoming more unselfish. It means that there are more reasons to start learning to forgive.

The goal for us - as humans - is to be able to 'provide for', to live in accordance with the keynote of the universe, and we can help each other achieve this goal by working with and practicing forgiveness, as suggested in 'FORGIVENESS WEEK' , this annual project where many work with forgiveness at the same time and with the same topics.

Forgiveness is the small daily sacrifice of one's selfish personal interests for the benefit of the whole.


QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.


When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
Bernard Meltzer


Around the concept of forgiveness there is a great lack of understanding. One who has forgiven someone assumes that he has accomplished something out of the ordinary, whereas he has merely preserved his own karma from complications. The forgiven one thinks that all has been ended, but, of course, karma remains ahead of him. True, the forgiving one did not intervene in the karma of the forgiven one and thus has not made it more burdensome, but the very law of karma remains with both participants.
Helena Roerich: Brotherhood p. 214


As you know, the word "forgiveness" is a curious and unusual one and signifies (according to the best derivative sources) simply "to give for." Forgiveness is not therefore, a synonym for pardon .... Forgiveness is sacrifice, and is the giving up of one's self, even of one's very life, for the sake of others and for the good of the whole group.
Alice Bailey: The Externalisation of the Hierarchy p.165


To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Robert Muller


Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is again made clean.
Dag Hammerskjold


Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love --takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.
Dag Hammerskjold


It is easier to forgive an enemy than it is to forgive a friend.
William Blake


Forgiveness is liberation of the one who forgives. If you don't feel the liberation, it is not forgiveness.


The Twelve Steps of Forgiveness:
1) Recognize the Fear
2)Understand that It's Love that You Want
3) Withdraw the projection
4) Take responsibility
5) Release self-Judgment and guilt
6) Accept yorself and others as you are
7) Be willing to learn and to share
8) Be your own authority
9) Acccept the lesson
10) See that everything is okay as it is
11) Look in the mirror
12) Open your heart
Paul Ferrini: The Twelve Steps of Forgiveness




WEEK OF FORGIVENESS 01 - 07 February 2015

SUGGESTIONS & TECHNIQUE

01 Feb   Forgive living members of your family

02 Feb   Forgive friends and fellow-students

03 Feb   Forgive associates in your work situation

04 Feb   Forgive across local and international political lines

05 Feb   Forgive across religious, ideological and racial lines

06 Feb   Forgive deceased persons in any of the above categories

07 Feb   Have you been able unconditionally to give yourself to others
by absolving them and so "Forgiving" yourself?


SUGGESTED FORGIVENESS MEDITATION OUTLINE

a) Use your customary settling-in mode; then speak mentally:

"May I, together with all men everywhere, respond to the keynote of the universe and give myself for others".


b) Visualization:

1. Imaginatively choose a congenial place (room, garden. etc.) supportive in its atmosphere of harmony and peace, sheltered from any disturbance.

2. In the distance, recognize the appropriate person or group against whom you harbour resentment, slowly approaching you.

3. As the distance between you both diminishes, imagine yourself advancing until, when close to each other, you perform a gesture of your choice which, to you, symbolizes forgiveness.
Endeavour at this point, insofar as it is possible from the point of view of memory, to make eye contact with the person concerned.

4. Gently release your onetime adversary, now friend and co-aspirant.


c) A poignant moment of alert stillness.


d) Mentally recite:

"Let the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind;
Let the Spirit of Peace be spread abroad,
May men of goodwill everywhere meet in a spirit of cooperation:
MAY FORGIVENESS ON THE PART OF ALL MEN
BE THE KEYNOTE AT THIS TIME;
Let power attend the efforts of the Great Ones
So let it be, and help me to do my part.

OM OM OM

(Steps 2 and 3 are to be repeated if the aim is to forgive more than one person on any one day.)




PREPARATION FOR THE WEEK OF FORGIVENESS: 25 - 31 January 2015

1. Maximum honesty is essential through the entire period.

2. Question whether you truly feel the urge to participate in this work of goodwill.

3. Are you prepared to face some none-too-flattering truths about yourself for the sake of this work?

4. You may have to dig deep to uncover your resentment(s). We are very good at covering up! Remember, it is personality which takes hurt and resents and hides, not the inner essence.

5. Decide the person(s) and/or groups in each of the first six categories for whom to give. If there is more than one, repeat the meditation procedure for as many times as required on that specific day or carry over to days on which the categories may not apply in your case. Also consider that careful unbiased self-scrutiny could reveal the advisability of practising forgiveness where, unconsciously, resentment has been transferred to a third party. i.e. you may feel able to forgive a hurt inflicted upon you but not when the hurt has been inflicted upon another, or others.

6. ) Be methodical and work with discipline. List in advance the names of those to be 'given for' so as to leave all of your available time for the work itself.

7. At what time should you practise the Forgiveness meditation? The choice is yours. If you have your own established daily meditation routine, it would be preferable, for this week, to find an additional time slot for this special work. It is suggested that you practise it each day, unfailingly.

SUPPORT YOUR MEDITATION WORK THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AND THEREAFTER BY IMPLEMENTING THE NEW ATTITUDES BY ACTIVELY LIVING THEM



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