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Forgive — Love — Heal
I’m reading Dr. Rajiv Parti’s book Dying to Wake Up, and when he begins to actively heal any remaining depression, fear, addiction, or pain in his life he is given the words forgive, love, and heal. Like Dr. Parti, I decided to write a short response to each of these words myself. You might try this yourself as a healing writing exercise to release any negative energy and return to balance. Dr. Parti describes negative pent up energy as “black balloons” inside the body that need to be deflated and released to attain greater health.
Forgiveness is a letting go—all the fire, the flesh, the material angst, the passion, the wronged beating heart, and the gritted jaw are released. Breath returns like a fall leaf gracefully descending to earth. In spirit form, there is nothing to forgive—the chains of the flesh are shaken off, so why not forgive what is soon to be forgotten? Why not stream away from those wounds now? Do this for yourself—not for another. The other might be far down a tunnel of life in his or her own dimension of space and time. Bless that person if you can, but definitely love yourself for breaking free of…
…the anger that makes your hands shake, rage that makes you dream of saying the worst possible words or worse…
Bless yourself for becoming stronger with each disappointment, each wounding of your innocence. Bless yourself in every moment of your suffering, but most of all board an express jet on an international flight far away from pain. When you leave, know that you will indeed find a geographical cure except it will be a spiritual one. And in that new, spacious place you will stare into the expanse hopefully. When you arrive there full of possibility…
…Stay balanced. Stay clean. Stay pure of heart and filled with love all the live long days of your lovely life.
It is acceptable to send love to the one in darkness—the one lost in the mired, toxic soup of ego, judgement, and pain. It is suggested that you lay down your swords of delusion and embrace a garden of flowers, grounding yourself by standing in the bright green earth wet with dew. It is permissible to love the unlovable, even if only for a moment.
It is a great idea to love the lost boys and girls you may never meet. They are wandering the world like broken flags, like weeping doves, like cigarette butts left behind as a clue.
It is allowable to love yourself as you are—unloved or loved by many and known by only a few. It is fine to breathe just as you are—a child still though grown into a woman or man’s body. Love the many steps that got you here, and the ones that will carry you onward brightening the path for others.
You will see something shimmering like morning breaking through dark curtains. You will throw open the curtains and feel intimately drawn to the sunlight rising over the forest-dense mountains in the distance. Coffee will not be necessary because your heart will jump quantum leaps into delight and health, ready to meet the day.
That child who you once were—returned.
That dream that you once chased & lost—found.
That hope that withered in the heat—blossoms again.
A few more reflections: Forgiveness is an immediate trip and vacation away from all that causes pain. When in spirit form during my NDE, forgiveness happened instantly as there was no more attachment to the form and familiar thought patterns. Back in form, forgiveness is something I had to continue to practice, especially as I encountered shocking, new wounds. Forgiveness is something we all must continue to practice. I think of those who are quick at forgiveness like ballroom dancers. They quick step and glide with a practiced grace into a new, upbeat life.
In the afterlife, love is an experience, a birthright, an all-consuming peace. In form, love is something we must remember and practice as well. Like a great musician, when we learn to play love in every situation our world expands and grows more light-filled.
Healing is a topic that is precious to me and the subject of my memoir in progress. There is healing to be found through access to the divine and the other side. There is healing to be found in nature. There is great healing to be found in helping others grow and succeed. There is also great healing to be found in making your own healing a priority.