How do I forgive myself, one may ask, especially when lack of self love is concerned?
- Start in the space of authenticity that applies to your actual feelings. If you are unable to know how to love yourself enough to forgive yourself, let's try the following visualization. Envision that the person you need to forgive is NOT you, but someone you love and respect very much. Put this loved on in your shoes with the same details and circumstances you are facing. Stand in front of them, allowing their eyes to be the window to your soul and theirs, sink deeply into their eyes and say, "I invoke the I AM in me to forgive you as I now forgive myself".
- Be specific about what you wish to forgive about yourself. I enjoy doing this on paper with two columns. The column on the left represents the things I'd like to forgive about myself, followed by a column on the right that represents the positive benefits of me doing so. This is a manner of working with the inner critic by giving her an idea of the reward for the hard work of forgiveness. For example, the column on the left may say, "I'd like to forgive myself for participating in gossip" and then the corresponding column on the right would say, "I now receive more respect for myself when I enter a higher perspective than the darker nature of gossip. I now enjoy the wisdom this perspective offers me".
If you receive a negative response to the question, however, you could use this response in may aura alchemy process listed in the blog, "Walking in the Light of the Shadow" in the processes section here. This core belief could likely be preventing you from forgiving yourself for a reason that could be resolved with integration and healing. For example, if you ask your Higher Self, "What does it mean when I forgive myself?" and her response is, "It means I failed", you could consider the core belief, "I am a failure" in the aura alchemy process.
Many have asked me, "How do I forgive others, especially if the pain caused to me was traumatic in nature?" Here are a few suggestions:
- Get to the root of the emotional trauma within the person who you wish to forgive, with disidentification. For example if someone were spreading gossip about you, you could say to your inner critic, "I forgive the wounded inner child of this person. It must be terribly painful to hurt others based on envy". This Source perspective may pull you out of the suffering based meaning you've attached to your trauma long enough to being a forgiveness process.
- Sing or say aloud the ho' pono pono. The energy of agape love this prayer embodies is powerful enough to put your inner child in a state of forgiveness regardless of the trauma attached to the offending act. If you do this, even when you don't feel connected to the forgiveness energy of the ho' pono pono, the prayer itself begins to work its magic in all souls involved. You may combine this with the cord cutting process I've listed on my blog as well, if need be; and finally,
- Talk to the person you wish to forgive. This may not always be a feasible option to do so in person, especially if the person in question is emotionally toxic or unsafe to you in any manner. In this case, please do not contact the person in the 3rd dimensional manner, but speak to them from the quiet, meditative place within your soul. Convene with them to tell them everything that occurred that caused your suffering, and then explain to them that you wish to forgive them regardless of the outcome and how it benefits either of you. Releasing attachment to a result of "peace" or resolution can open the universal doors of Source magic to occur in both parties, for forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not always an easy feat. It may require time and repetition of all the above mentioned steps. With time, love and patience for your inner child and your inner critic, the healing result can effect the entire human conscious collective. Yes, it all begins with You. Yes, You are that important.