Understand the mind and learn to forgive it's mistakes - in ourselves and others.
THE EQUATION OF FORGIVENESS.
"Mistake - Regret - Repentance - Understand - Amend behavior - Forgive - Grow"
THE ESSENTIAL TOOL OF FORGIVENESS.
- Learning how to forgive our ignorant behavior and the ignorance of others.
- Making a commitment to improve our own behavior, reducing our level of vice and heedlessness.
First we must forgive ourselves. If we cannot forgive ourselves for our mistakes then how can we forgive other people?
Human life is imperfect by design. If people were perfect then we would most likely be completely lacking in compassion, empathy, understanding, and forgiveness. It is worth remembering that all tyrants and dictatorships have some belief in the perfectionism of "the elite and the chosen" and these tyrants then proceed to brutalize all others who are not a part of the elite group.
Because life is imperfect - by design - then we cannot really be successful in any area of life without learning the essential skill of forgiveness.
Every day we will need to forgive ourselves and others. Without integrating this necessary life skill then we will become holistically ill very quickly.
The skill and use of forgiveness plays a central role in any life-management practice. We need to understand and use this powerful tool if we are to be healed in any lasting and permanent way.
Forgiveness is the first step to changing our behavior and our reactions to other people's behaviour.
If we can perform a forgiveness activity at the end of every day - for instance; light a candle and think forgiving thoughts or prays - then we will never lose our light heartedness and love of life: All creatures great and small!
Forgiveness is a powerful tool and aid to successful and happy living for one and for all. It protects against resentment, the build up of anger and other negative states of mind. It helps us to create positive and virtuous states of mind, and thus protects us from illness of body and mind. Many illnesses have their origin within the mind and only manifest in the physical and emotional bodies after many years. Dis-ease meaning "loss of ease and grace", of internal comfort, of being at home with ourselves and with the world - and the beyond.
Forgiveness brings back that ease. As we learn the art of forgiveness, we begin to heal ourselves and others on a deep level. As we heal ourselves we find that bodily pains that we have carried for years begin to dissolve and we are free from that dis-ease.
Therefore, for the benefit of one and all, it is a very good idea to begin to forgive - right here and right now! We can start today and today is the only time to start these things. At the end of today, we can light a candle in a safe place - a small household one will do - and begin to forgive ourselves all those embarrassing and ugly things that we all do and we can forgive others too. Forgive our family, our friends, our work colleagues, our boss, our school teachers, everybody we know - because everybody is human and we all make mistakes. We know that if we were all free from suffering, then we would not do or say or think the things that we sometimes do, so if we receive inappropriate negative and unkind words or deeds, then we know that the sender is suffering, unhappy, and not in their right mind at that time - and we all know that that place is a horrible place to be - it is in fact hell.
Heaven and hell are states of mind. When we learn the art of forgiveness, we find that the fires of our unextinguished resentments, hurts, agonies, and anguishes, begin to dissolve into the cool breeze of compassion and forgiveness. After many months of continually practice, we begin to re-discover our light heartedness, harmony, love and grace.
Forgiveness is a major key to maintaining balance and harmony on life's sometimes turbulent ocean.
Discover it, use it, and maintain a steady practice.
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