Healing the Heart

19 Jul

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Healing the heart begins with mercy–extending mercy to others, extending mercy to ourselves.  It begins with affirming that we are in control of our destiny.  No matter what we have done, no matter what we have experienced, we can transcend ourselves.  We can learn to master the creative flow of energy through our heart. When something is difficult or distasteful, we want to flee as far and as fast as we can.  Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.”  When we’re on a path of the heart and we stumble over a situation that needs resolution, no matter how uncomfortable it may be, we don’t just pick ourselves up and hurry off.  For we know we are not really free to make spiritual progress unless we stop and apply mercy.  First, last and always, we are called to forgive, forgive and forgive.

There  is a simple law behind that injunction.  When we refuse to forgive someone who has wronged us, even if he wrongs us again and again, we tie ourselves to that person.  “All you are unable to give,” said Andre Gide, “possesses you.” The person we refuse to forgive, the person we are angry with, becomes our master.  No matter how hard we try to move in any direction, we can only go as far as the rope of non-resolution allows us to–and it’s usually a very short rope.  The rope is short because our soul inevitably gravitates back to the scene to restore harmony and reach resolution.

That’s why people who go to their graves without making peace with their adversaries will be in for a surprise when they reach the other side.  They will find out that when we don’t let go of our resentment, anger, or desire for revenge, we have to reincarnate with the same people again and again until we learn to love.  Thus deep seated vendettas between families and even nations are not just generations old; they can go back centuries or even lifetimes.  The feuding goes on with no end in sight until they forgive.

Not only do people carry non-forgiveness to their graves, but they may go to their graves more quickly if they do not forgive.  A University of Tennessee study measured the effects of a forgiving personality.  Researchers measured indicators like blood pressure, forehead muscle tension and heart rate as students spoke about experiences of betrayal. The researchers found that those who forgave more easily had lower blood pressure and a smaller increase in blood pressure than those who held grudges.

The issue of forgiveness is confusing to many of us because we have been erroneously taught that forgiveness wipes away the transgression  or the crime.  We think that when we ask for forgiveness for something we have done or when we forgive another, that’s the end of the matter and we have no further responsibility.  But forgiveness does not equal absolution.  We are still required to take full responsibility for our actions. If you pay someone to paint your car blue and he paints it red, you can forgive him but he still has to rectify the situation and repaint your car.

When God forgives us, our negative karma (or sin) is sealed for a time.  It’s as if God takes this bundle of karma off our back so  we have time to pursue the path of self-mastery and prepare to pass the exam when it comes around again.  And it will come again.  When we do finally pass the test, we can graduate to the next level of spiritual mastery.

That’s how the universe works.  If we lose our temper or get angry, we will be tested again on the formula of patience and forgiveness.  The test may come in a new set of circumstances or it may come as a reply of the same scenario with the same actors.  Whatever the case, we will have to show how much love and forgiveness we can infuse into the situation to heal ourselves and others.

Jesus was a prophet of love and one of the most profound things he ever taught about the spiritual dynamics of love is in the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”  We’re so used to hearing those words that we don’t really think about what they mean: Forgive us our own faults and mistakes in the same manner as we forgive the faults and mistakes of others.

That’s the fundamental law of karma:  As you do unto others, so it will be done unto you.  God will extend forgiveness to us in the same proportion that we extend our heart’s mercy to others.  And if we do not forgive, then mercy will be withheld from us.  Thus the biggest danger of the unmerciful heart is that it hurts the one who retains it.

The story of love is not important–what is important

is that one is capable of love.

-Helen Hayes

The law of forgiveness is a simple equation of energy, for whatever we think, feel and do has ramifications at energetic levels of our being.  The ancient Oriental art of  Feng Shui, for example, says that clutter or blockages within our environment can create blockages in our life.  The same things applies to our internal terrain.  When we freely give and receive love, when we quickly deal with and resolve issues that come into our lives, energy can move. But if we hold on to resentment or anger, energy gets blocked up.  When lack of forgiveness and love becomes acute, the blocked energy hardens around the heart.  At spiritual levels this creates hardness of heart.

If you want to heal the heart and activate mercy, a good rule of thumb is to handle that unpleasant, sticky issue that just walked into your life as fast as you can.  Forgive others and ask for forgiveness with all the sincerity of your heart so that both of you can move forward.  The great adepts did not say, however, that forgiveness was necessarily easy.  It’s not always easy to forgive those who have committed grave crimes against body, mind and soul.

Resolution, is a two-step process.  The first step is to invoke divine mercy.   We can forgive the soul of the one who committed the wrong and we can ask God to forgive the soul.  The second step is to invoke divine justice for the binding of the negative forces, within and without that hold the soul in their grip and work through that soul.  We can ask God to restrain the unreal self, the dark side of the person that caused him or her to commit wrong.  We can also ask God to give the soul an opportunity to repent of his deeds and an opportunity to strengthen himself so he can resist the urge to do wrong when it knocks again at his door.

However, just because we forgive someone, it doesn’t mean we condone his harmful actions. But it does mean we can let go of our sense of injustice and let God take care of the situation.  The when, where and how is God’s business–“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

That means it’s our work to forgive, and it’s God’s work to render judgement and deliver the increments of karma that will help the soul learn her lessons.  In fact, we can love the spiritual nature that resides deep within each person no matter what his actions are.  The animating fire at the very core of our cells is God, and therefore we can love the soul and honor that light even if the consciousness that uses that light is no longer serving the spirit.

“The understanding of these two components of forgiveness–forgiving the soul and asking God to bind the negative forces working through the soul–is the healing of a lifetime.

Elizabeth Clare Prophet

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