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.