Authentic Forgiveness

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When we can recognize ourselves in others and we can accept that all of creation is connected, we learn the meaning of authentic forgiveness.

Authentic forgiveness is the ability to let go of grievances; criticism, objections, judgements, guilt, blame – and turn those grievances into acceptance.

Accepting that life is sometimes unfair. Accepting that most people are not going to fall under our idea of ‘perfect’. Accepting that everyone is perfectly who they are. Accepting every mistake (yes, even the big ones!) as an opportunity for correction, an opportunity to learn, an opportunity for growth.  Accepting that what might be right for you is not necessarily what is right for the next person. Accepting that things are rarely as they seem. Accepting that what may seem like an injustice may actually come to be a blessing. And finally, accepting that God’s plan for you may be different than what you had planned yourself.

Ego plays a dark role in all our lives. It’s that annoying little voice inside that tells us we are inadequate, that we need to prove ourselves to everyone around us, making us believe that we are somehow better or that we don’t quite measure up to others, leaving us questioning whether we are failures or too good for our own good. Ego’s will is to keep us feeling separate and alone. Ego is our greatest deceiver.

The truth is that we are all sharing this experience together. We all fight the same battles, the only difference is in how our problems and challenges present themselves and how we react to them. Consider this for a moment: All problems stem from separation.

If this is true, authentic forgiveness / connection is the answer to every problem. When authentic forgiveness is achieved all that is left is absolute love and acceptance for all that is.

We will do anything to protect and care for those we feel completely connected to.We will make time for them. We will smile and acknowledge them. We will make sure they are fed, clothed, and loved. We will swallow our pride, let go of our ego and apologize when necessary. We will allow them to make mistakes, even if sometimes we are hurt in the process. When we feel connected, when we let go of judgments, blame, and grievances, we accept. We accept every person. We accept each moment. We accept our circumstances. We love ourselves enough to learn from every person, each circumstance and make change when necessary.

In a world of connection and absolute forgiveness, no one is left behind. Everyone is cared for, fed, and provided for. Everyone is loved and accepted exactly as they are.

All blessings and miracles in the world are visible from this place of absolute truth.

May your day be filled with love and miracles!

 

Surrendering

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Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love who’s tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me. ~ A Course In Miracles

Isn’t it beautiful?

Embrace Your Awesomeness!

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My Faith, Unveiled

Since the birth of my blog, I have been questioned countless times about my faith. People are curious as to what I call myself. What religion I follow, If I consider myself a Christian, and who is my God?

So here it is…my faith, unveiled.

I want to first be very clear that I struggled with sharing this post and only did so because so many of you have asked. I am willing to share my point of view, however this entry is not meant to convert you to my way of thinking, and it is in no way meant to impede on any other persons belief system. I have friends who emanate a love so pure that it can be felt by everyone around them and they each have different belief systems. My faith is sacred to me. It is my foundation. It comes from a place of love that allows me to be my best self, as is probably the same for you and your belief system. Religion and spirituality are a hot topic…I am only sharing with you what I have been asked.

I was baptized and raised in the Catholic faith. I am fascinated by the teachings of various religions. It seems that as many religions as there are, and though their words may differ, the teachings are relatively all the same. In how many languages can you speak Love?

I study and try my best to live by the teachings of A Course In Miracles. A Course in Miracles is is a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness. Although the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. It is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion.It’s teachings resonate with me. Through these teachings, I have learned to seek  answers within my own heart.I have learned to love what is and trust in God’s plan. My journey through this course has been nothing short of miraculous and unquestionably beautiful.

As for my beliefs…I believe in God. I believe in one God. I see Him as a being of pure and absolute love. I believe that everything He created, He did so in His own image…meaning to me, that God’s pure and absolute love is found within all of His creation. I believe he created me exactly as I am, and you exactly as you are. I believe He did so in order for us to carry out a very special purpose, a purpose we have been carrying out our whole lives, most of the time unknowingly. I believe that life is divinely organized. I like to believe that God and I create my life together. He has my back, and I do my best to have His. I communicate with God through prayer and I believe I have learned to feel His love and ‘hear’ His guidance with my heart. Through this precious relationship, He has helped me to achieve what I only dared to dream.

When bad things happen, I do my best to see them as gifts. How often has something felt like a disaster that later turned into a blessing? No human being is perfect, it’s what makes us human. We make mistakes, and we learn from them. The best lessons are those we have learned in turmoil and disappointment. I do my best to see God in all things, whether they seem good or bad. God is everywhere. Miracles surround us every single day. We need only to pay attention in order to see them.

Every failure is a stepping stone to success; to relish the sweetness of success one must endure the pain of failure

I had always considered myself a Christian, however I’ve been corrected by others who follow this faith. Many have referred to me as “new-age-y”. I’m okay with either or none. I guess I don’t really fit into any particular box. No matter what anyone wants to call it, I know it as Beautiful. So now when people ask what they should call me, I simply answer them “my friends call me Sandy :)”

So many wars, arguments, and fights have erupted in the name of religion. As long as one is coming from a place of pure love, real love, does it matter what label or title we attach to their beliefs? What happens to people like me? People who don’t quite fit into any particular religion?

I know my heart, and God knows it too. When I die, I just can’t believe that God will look upon my soul and say “Well Sandy, you did your best and you spread as much love as you could everywhere you went. It’s too bad you chose the wrong the religion.”

And so there you have it…my spirit, my heart, and my soul…my faith, unveiled…only because you asked. 🙂

I am always happy to hear your thoughts, I ask only that with this particular post, on this personal subject, that you respect my faith as I respect yours, even if they differ. As I said, my faith is very sacred to me. I am always learning, I am always evolving, and I look forward to continuing my journey in my own way. I would much rather live my life believing in all the beauty and love a heart can hold and die to find out I was wrong, than to live my life in fear or judgement only to die to find out love and forgiveness were always the answer.

Journey Through Miracles – a personal story

 

I’d like to share with you a personal story of empowerment and inspiration; my journey through A Course in Miracles.

A Course In Miracles is a unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system that teaches that the way to Love and Inner Peace is through Forgiveness. Although my journey is yet to be completed, it still deserves to be shared.

Through the course, I learned to accept that things are rarely as they seem. Everything I see in my world is a matter of perception, rather than a matter of truth. Learning this truth allowed me to see each person, myself included, as beings doing the best we can with what we know. I learned to listen with both ears and a compassionate and open heart. I learned to question less the ways of the world and trust that everything is as it should be for reasons only known to God.

I also learned the importance of my own self-worth. Realizing that not only am I enough, I am precisely, and exactly as I was always intended to be. I think this was the hardest truth for me to accept. I hadn’t realized how unworthy I felt of receiving love until I pushed myself through this lesson. Tears streamed down my face as I recognized how my lack of self-worth affected every single relationship I had in and throughout my life. It affected my choices, it hindered my happiness. I allowed myself to come last. I allowed myself to be hurt. I allowed myself to be taken for granted. It affected every area of my life and every relationship I had. The moment I genuinely accepted and embraced my worth, everything changed. Instantaneously, without warning, without reason, the most beautiful change had taken place.

My favorite lesson so far is that of forgiveness. It was also the most difficult. Forgiveness is hard. Forgiving the past, forgiving those who hurt me, forgiving those who continue to cause me grief was hard. Forgiving myself was harder. I learned that forgiveness is not about being okay with an injustice, it’s not about ignoring a problem. Forgiveness is simply understanding that as humans, we are all created to make mistakes. Our mistakes teach us to be and do better. It’s so important to remember – even when we don’t understand – We are all doing the best we can and things are rarely as they seem. Forgiveness is to me the most beautiful lesson so far because I have learned to feel worthy enough to walk away from those who cause me pain, and not only have I been able to forgive them, I am able to genuinely love them. I don’t always agree with their choices, I don’t always like them, I keep healthy boundaries, and I love them from a place of peace.

When I started A Course in Miracles, I was excited to see miracles unfold before me, now as I continue through the Course, I’m fascinated to see the miracles unfolding within me!

Here’s to you and your journey!

Embrace Your Awesomeness!

 

Pamela Tourigny

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