Steps to Forgiveness

When we are unable to show forgiveness to others it feels like a dark spot on our spirit. Like a stain that won’t come out, it annoys us and angers us. There’s always that feeling of something being unresolved in the background of our minds, and it’s a burden. And that is the very reason why we should forgive—it not only erases that dark spot, but it makes us even lighter and brighter, more in touch with ourselves and closer to the universal spirit.

One of the very reasons, maybe the only reason we are here, is to learn and to grow closer to the center of our creation, our Source, our God, our Universe (Call it what you will.). Whether we’re here to learn the steps to forgiveness or seek it from others, looking at forgiveness as a lesson that propels our souls closer to our Source will give meaning and validation to our very being and all that we experience—the good and the bad.

Acknowledgement – The very first step in forgiveness is acknowledgement. It is done. It is said. There’s nothing that will change what happened. Showing forgiveness doesn’t mean that you will forget, but rather that you acknowledge what has happened.

Learn and Grow – Somewhere in the whole mess that is causing you to question your ability to forgive, there’s a lesson, whether it’s learning to forgive or seeing a bit of ourselves in the person we cannot forgive. If this was not something you were supposed to learn, if this reality was not meant for you, you and those involved would not be on this path. Forgiveness helps us grow.

Accept Guidance – Know that you are never alone and you are guided from above. We are not given life or lessons to learn in life if we are meant to fail. That is a choice we make. If you have acknowledged what has happened, and if you have realized the lesson in all of it, then you should be open to accepting the guidance of the wisdom that comes from your creator. Ask for guidance and accept it willingly.

Karmic Path – Your job is learning the steps to forgiveness. Justice is the karmic return that will come from higher up. Even your offender’s soul has a lesson to learn. You have only your soul to tend to, not another’s. Showing forgiveness does not take away from what happened, but it does add something to you karmic path—it illuminates in your aura. Forgiveness helps everyone it touches, even the forgiven.

One Step at a Time – The steps to forgiveness are not always easy. Sometimes we don’t want to forgive. We see no reason why we should even remotely entertain the idea, but the gift of forgiveness is really a gift to ourselves. Showing forgiveness will free your soul and lift your spirit—because that’s what forgiveness does.

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