Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness

Both Catherine Ponder and the Course in Miracles are clear on this, and so too are numerous spiritual traditions throughout the world.

Easier said than done, though, in my experience the healing release that comes through forgiveness is a journey: much as I would like to just decide I’m going to forgive and let go of all the hurt, pain or resentment I might be feeling, I often find I have unconsciously picked up the burden of holding the resentment later.

Just like ‘Healing is in the questing and the practice, not in a single idea’ (Clarissa Pinkola Estes), so too is Forgiveness. Added to which, if you were brought up Christian or Catholic and ‘made’ to forgive your siblings or your peers before you were ever ready to even think about it, the very word may well just be anathema to you. [Read more...]