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"The Grace of Forgiveness: A Pathway to Inner Peace"

Greetings, beloveds!

In the labyrinth of life, we often encounter moments that shake us to our core, scarring our hearts and challenging our capacity for forgiveness.

We tend to see forgiveness as a towering mountain to climb, when it should be more like a river, flowing naturally from the source of our inner compassion.

Today, let's unravel the concept of forgiveness, viewing it not as a daunting task, but as a transformative journey from the winter of hurt to the spring of healing.

Together, we'll traverse the path of forgiveness, guided by a unique process I call "The Blossom Formula" – a five-step process inspired by the wisdom of the Science of Mind.

Step 1: Recognize the Thorns

The first step towards forgiveness is recognizing the thorns – your feelings of hurt.

Treat yourself as your own confidante.

Listen to your pain, your anger, your resentment, just as you would lend an ear to a dear friend.

This recognition creates a space for healing to commence.

Step 2: Nurture the Roots

Next, nurture the roots of your forgiveness.

This involves acceptance – accepting that the past cannot be altered, but your perception of it can.

Repeat to yourself, "I accept what has happened, and I am ready to move forward."

Step 3: Water the Bud

Now, water the bud of your forgiveness by affirming your ability to forgive.

Your affirmations could be, "I am choosing forgiveness, and I am finding peace."

Let these words resonate within your heart, nurturing your budding forgiveness.

Step 4: Bask in the Sunlight

The fourth step is to bask in the sunlight – visualize yourself in a state of forgiveness.

Picture your spirit freed from the shackles of resentment, basking in the warmth of peace and liberation.

This visualization aligns your thoughts and emotions with your desire to forgive, illuminating your path ahead.

Step 5: Embrace the Blossom

Finally, embrace the blossom – the act of forgiveness itself.

Extend compassion to those who have hurt you, just as a flower extends its beauty to the world, regardless of who stands before it.

This final act of forgiveness is the fully bloomed flower of your journey.

Let's recap The Blossom Formula: Recognize the thorns of your hurt, nurture the roots through acceptance, water the bud with affirmations, bask in the sunlight of visualization, and finally, embrace the blossom of forgiveness.

These are your stepping stones to inner peace.

As we wrap up, let's contemplate the beautiful journey of forgiveness.

Just as nature forgives the harshness of winter by embracing the renewal of spring, we too can forgive the hurts of our past and welcome the healing of our present.

Dear friends, let us remember that within us resides a divine capacity to forgive, to heal, and to harbor peace.

As we extend our hands towards forgiveness, we initiate a season of healing, understanding, and love within our hearts.

Remember, you are loved, you are supported, and you are divinely guided.

Embark on the journey of forgiveness using The Blossom Formula, and let's create a springtime of healing and peace within our hearts and minds!

With warmth and love,

Rev. Jackie Holland

Senior Minister -

The Centers for Spiritual Living | Boise, Idaho

Forgive & Be Free

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