I just finished reading a book called, “2012: The Transformation from the Love of Power to the Power of Love,” written by Robert Roskind, a pretty awesome guy I met at a One Love concert in downtown Winston-Salem. He actually shared his book with me for free, which was particularly nice because it would otherwise be very difficult for me to acquire such a book without using money and all. Thank God for the goodness in people 😉
In his book, he talks about the importance of teaching Unconditional Love. As both Robert Roskind and Steve Pavlina recognize, Unconditional Love is intricately connected to the practice of Unconditional Forgiveness. At one point in his story, Roskind’s friend states,
“This is the main problem on our planet. It is keeping the world bound in a vicious cycle of revenge and retribution, of attack and counterattack, which must be broken.” Later he adds, “I know it is hard to forgive. It is the second hardest thing in the world to do. The only thing harder is to not forgive because you just keep reliving the attack and losing your peace of mind.”
Forgiveness seems essential in order for us to love. If we cannot forgive someone, how can we love them? And the idea of Unconditional Forgiveness – forgiveness no matter what! – that is very powerful.
In the past couple days, I’ve decided to arbitrarily say to friends, “I forgive you,” or “Do you forgive me?” Surprisingly, when I ask of forgiveness or forgive another, no one has yet to ask me, “For what?” It’s as though we all accept that we have trespassed against the other in some way, and we understand that we are unconditionally in need of forgiveness. I don’t think any of us believe we are perfect, perhaps perfectly imperfect, but because of our shortcomings we are always more than open to give and receive forgiveness at any moment.
When we completely forgive people, we are freeing ourselves from false judgment and from the past. We allow ourselves and others to be fully in the Present without dwelling on the past. Unconditional Forgiveness is a gift that brings us all to the Present, connecting us more fully with the Goodness of this One, True, Moment.
Why would we ever choose to allow the past to hold us down from enjoying this Present Moment? Unconditional Forgiveness liberates us from the shackles of the past and engages us in the joy of the Now. So, if you haven’t guessed, my theme today is Forgiveness. With that, I forgive you!