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Here in the U.S. we’re witnessing a lot of drama with a current Supreme Court nomination. I pray the truth is revealed (whatever that is) and that Love prevails. I have faith in truth and in Love, and I let them lead and guide me every day.
When I was a teenager, in my 20’s and beyond, I would sometimes say and do things that I’d later regret and wish to bury forever. I’ve had all kinds of experiences that led me to be self-disgusted, and even afraid of my own emotions and outbursts.
I’ve had times when I got really drunk and couldn’t remember half of what I said, and what I did – although I’m 100% certain I never was molested, or attacked someone myself, while under the influence.
I used to have memories of things that would make me cringe. Self-forgiveness freed me from all of them.
Self-forgiveness gave me humility and common sense.
Self-forgiveness gave me the freedom to no longer beat myself up from the past.
Most people I know have strong regrets. Some people are tortured by them, and I pray they find self-forgiveness.
My life of mistakes, short comings, obnoxious and belligerent behavior and outbursts, and a million missed opportunities to extend Love, has taught me to take responsibility for my choices and actions– to learn from them and share what I learn.
As Thich Nhat Hanh says, blaming never helps.
Everyone I know makes errors.
Life is a constant stream of tactical errors, missteps, freak-outs, meltdowns and mayhem. And yet, we can rise above the battleground with self-forgiveness. We can remember to laugh. We can remember to have compassion. We can set ourselves free with admitting the truth, and having the humility to take responsibility for our choices and their effects.
One thing that helps me is the last paragraph at the end of Chapter V, the text of A Course in Miracles – this one paragraph is a complete life-changer:
“Decision cannot be difficult. This is obvious, if you realize that you must already have decided not to be wholly joyous if that is how you feel. Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise. Be very firm with yourself in this, and keep yourself fully aware that the undoing process, which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you because God placed it there. Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made, and give it over to the Atonement in peace. Say this to yourself as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation: I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace. I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise. I want to decide otherwise, because I want to be at peace. I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him. I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.” T-5.VII.6.
Let’s give all the consequences to the Holy Spirit for healing, and move the heck on in gratitude for the gift of God’s unerring Grace! Are you willing?
Retreats start next weekend!
In my retreats, people have consistently experienced healing of relationships that were believed beyond repair. I’ve witnessed healing of chronic physical and emotional issues because of the deep healing work we do together.
I’ve only been doing these retreats once per year. It’s a small group. We go deep. Now’s the time to rise and shine. Let us be the fulcrum point of healing in our family and in our workplace. We have all that we need within us – let’s do it this year and set ourselves up for the holidays and for our new year. It’s not too early to get the healing ball rolling!
If you’d like to really let go of the past, consider joining with me and other like-minded souls to have fun doing it together. I’m offering my Forgive & Be Free Retreat and my Spiritual Counseling Training Intensive in October. You’re invited to our healing party!
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