The Power of Forgiveness

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Forgiveness allows us to be fully present in this moment, right here, right now. Forgiveness enables us to wholeheartedly embrace what is and to be at peace with our past and fully engaged with the present. Making peace with our past is the most immediate way we can experience the abundance that is our birthright. Without forgiveness there is always something pulling us out of alignment with ourselves and with life; it is an energy drain in our system.

    Until we have made perfect peace with all that has occurred in our life, and with all the people who have played a part in it, we deny ourselves the full richness of our true abundance. Forgiveness is a gift we give to ourselves. It frees up the energy we had invested in making another, or ourselves, wrong. Ultimately, forgiveness is letting go of the illusion that something actually ever went wrong.

    Self-forgiveness is reclaiming our innocence. It means letting go of our ideas about how we thought we should have done things differently. We let go of the belief that we should have known what we didn’t know then. We let go of the story that we should have been something we were not then, or that we should have acted in a way that we were not capable of at that time. Forgiveness is a choice. It might take time to finally arrive at the place where we recognize the innocence of others (or ourselves) no matter what their apparent injustice.

    From the highest viewpoint, forgiving others is natural because we can readily admit that whatever perceived wrong another might have committed, we have committed the same or a similar wrong ourselves—even if only in our imagination. We know their so-called wrong was the result of ignorance, born out of fear, as a result of their forgotten identity.

    The ultimate forgiveness is to have compassion toward those who taught us false ideas from an old paradigm of separation, in the first place. We understand they were taught the same things by those who came before them. They had also forgotten their true identity, which is love. At the mystical level of awareness, we recognize there is actually nothing to forgive, ever. We see that all there is to do is simply return to the truth, and move beyond the belief or appearance of a separate self.

    With clear vision, we see that it no longer serves us to cling to any story of wrongdoing, either by oneself or by another. What would be the benefit of continuing to perpetuate stories that are not in alignment with the truth that we are all essentially love? The fact that most of us are still living in a state of forgetfulness of that fundamental truth doesn’t change that reality. As we shift our perspective about who and what we truly are, that in turn shifts the nature of the world we inhabit and our experience of others. The world becomes a more loving place because we have become a more loving, openhearted human being. And all we did was come into alignment with what was already true.

    TJ Woodward

    TJ Woodward is a spiritual author, inspirational speaker, awakening coach and addiction counselor who has helped countless people transform their lives through his profound, yet simple teachings. He is the founding minister of Awakened Living, is in private practice as an awakening coach, and also works as the spiritual counselor and group facilitator at Foundations San Francisco Intensive Outpatient treatment program. In addition, TJ is the host of Awakened Living TV and Awakened Living Radio, and is the author of the book, Conscious BEING: Awakening to Your True Nature.

    For more information, please visit tjwoodward.com.

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    1. Gwen McClure
      Gwen McClure says:

      Thank you TJ for the reminder……..”The ultimate forgiveness is to have compassion toward those who taught us false ideas from an old paradigm of separation, in the first place.” I needed this today. Gwen

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    2. Lenora
      Lenora says:

      Perfect peace with all that has been and self forgiveness “reclaiming my innocence” that’s for me! Thank you TJ for your wise words. You have inspired me to dive deeply into forgiveness. This could get messy……….Happy, happy, joy, joy, Lenora

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    3. alison williams
      alison williams says:

      This is beautifully written; a subject I need to be reminded of often. With my awareness I get to look at the role that ego plays in my life. I need to surrender to love, in order to feel peaceful Thank you for your words of wisdom.

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    4. Renee
      Renee says:

      Could you explain this paragraph a bit further? I’m having trouble understanding it, specifically — “The ultimate forgiveness is to have compassion toward those who taught us false ideas from an old paradigm of separation, in the first place” and “At the mystical level of awareness, we recognize there is actually nothing to forgive, ever.” Many thanks!

      “The ultimate forgiveness is to have compassion toward those who taught us false ideas from an old paradigm of separation, in the first place. We understand they were taught the same things by those who came before them. They had also forgotten their true identity, which is love. At the mystical level of awareness, we recognize there is actually nothing to forgive, ever. We see that all there is to do is simply return to the truth, and move beyond the belief or appearance of a separate self.”

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    5. Peg
      Peg says:

      I believe forgiveness is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and those closest to us. I have been involved in 12 step work for almost 10 years now and it teaches us to understand we were taught incorrect information when we were growing up. We need to unlearn many things we grew up to be as true. We also have to stop blaming ourselves for being unaware. Now I look at my relationships very differently. But we do come to find compassion & love through the process of forgiveness. Thank you for that reminder TJ

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