Forgiveness: The Martial Arts of Consciousness

Disclaimer: When I use the word “God” below I am speaking to a general Higher Power, Source, The Universe – whatever you believe. Please interpret at your own leisure. 

Last night I was in my bedroom, getting ready to lie down for a good nights sleep and I suddenly found myself sumerged in a a big, white, fluffy cloud of love and gratitude for my life in that moment.

It was warm and cozy. The kind of sensation you get while cuddling a cute kitten or puppy.

I felt inspired. So I picked up one of my most favorite, life-changing books, A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.

The chapter I left on the last time I picked it up was Giving Up Judgement.

I was quickly reminded of one of my New Years resolutions that I had so swiftly forgotten over the last 5 months; to release judgement from my life in any shape or form. (A task I knew I would be revisiting over and over again.)

In my eyes, where there is no judgement – there is peace. No fear, just love. And I really like that concept.

A Course in Miracles tells us that whenever we are contemplating attacking someone, it is as though we are holding a sword above their head. The sword, however, doesn’t fall on them but on us. Since all thought is thought about ourselves, then to condemn another is to condemn ourselves.

I can think of several people in my life I’ve been judging, myself included. To think about how many times in this week alone I have been split with my own swords gives me a bit of a headache.

I read on to the good news…

Forgiveness is like the martial arts of consciousness. We have concocted the idea of an angry, punishing God. We are created in God’s image, however, and not the other way around.

What does this mean? The angry and punishing ones are ourselves; the ego. The Godliness within us is forgiving, loving, kind.

God has the desire to heal us, not punish us.

So, since forgiveness is the marital arts of the conscious world, I think I’ll take up kung fu and start practicing forgiveness every chance I get.

The best place I can think to start is of course is with myself. Letting go of the judgement I place on what I eat or don’t eat, do or don’t do, feel or don’t feel.

Ahhhh, forgiveness. You are mighty fine.

Photo Credit: Lori Paquette