By Phil Cousineau
"If we harbor strategies of violence or hatred, or search revenge or retribution, we're contributing to the wounding of the area; if we remodel these techniques into forgiveness and compassion, after which circulation past them to truly make amends or restitution, we're contributing to the therapeutic of the area. This well timed, robust and compassionate ebook is helping exhibit us the way."—Deepak Chopra"Nothing can assist us live on the current age greater than breaking the tragic cycles of violence and revenge that threaten our very lifestyles. to take action, we needs to honor our soul's wish for deeper types of reconciliation, a technique that Phil Cousineau finds right here as being at the different aspect of forgiveness, within the historical ritual of atonement. His publication is a profoundly vital contribution to the therapeutic of the area, and that i provide it my blessing."—Robert A. Johnson, writer of Transformation, internal paintings and possessing your personal ShadowAs essential as forgiveness has been to the therapeutic technique all through historical past, there's one other both profound motion that's wanted for final reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, calls “the different part of the coin.” Turning over the coin of forgiveness, we find atonement, the half-hidden, much-overlooked different half the reconciliation process.Beyond Forgiveness indicates how acts of atonement—making amends, delivering restitution, restoring balance—can relieve us of the discomfort of the earlier and provides us a hopeful destiny. This wealthy and robust e-book comprises 15 considerate contributions via high-profile thinkers and activists together with Huston Smith, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Azim Khamisa, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Jacob Needleman, Michael Nagler, Diane Hennacy Powell, James O’Dea, Arun Gandhi, Kate Dahlstedt, Ed Tick, Richard J. Meyer, Rev. Heng certain, Douglas George-Kanentiio and Katharine Dever. Atonement is recommend as a approach that we needs to all learn how to practice—from members to nations—if we're to heal our wounds and flow ahead.
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I am not a victim of what somebody did to me, or what they’ve said about me, or called me. I’m not victimized by any of that. I forgive it. I own my own power. And I move forward on my journey. ” Many people interpret this as saying that if someone hits you, you should turn the other cheek and let them hit you again. I don’t think he meant that. I think he meant that you are supposed to give back a different form of energy. If you are given hate or indifference, you are to give back love, patience, and compassion.
As the years went on, I was called to forgive this fireman. But I didn’t release the angst and the resentment that were in my belly. Then one time when I was doing some forgiveness work, the memory of that fireman “came up” again for some reason. I thought that I had already forgiven him and moved on, but evidently I hadn’t. Suddenly, I left my body. I rose up, and I entered into the body of the fireman. ” Of course, there was ignorance and prejudice in him, but I realized then that what had really been on his mind was, These kids are in the way.
In fact, you might not share my point of view, my perception, while I assume you do. I think that getting over that misunderstanding is very big in the practice of forgiveness. Regarding forgiveness becoming a practice, I think that a person needs a practice, period. The ego is so dominant that we are always prone to be right, to understand our side of the equation. We need a spiritual practice that is constantly expanding our paradigm, our point of view, so that we’re not seeing things through the ego but through the heart of compassion, our spiritual perception.