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For•give•ness is an act of kindness that we may extend to ourselves or another. Yet it may be one of the hardest lessons we have to learn, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

The two key emotions that influence forgiveness are compassion or resentment. Resentment is a natural byproduct of our judgments and when present there is no room for forgiveness. It is energy consuming, toxic and locks people in the past.

Compassion is the opposite emotion to resentment. It is a higher energy emotion which is kind, gentle and always patient. Compassion honors mistakes as a natural part of our lives and sees them as needed for any real growth.

But how does one bridge the gap between resentments and true forgiveness? The answer is in our judgments. We need to learn to let go of our judgments by forgiving ourselves.


Try and visualize it like this: It’s kind of like we are all silk nets flowing in the wind and life is meant to flow through us. Every time we hold a judgment towards something, we catch that experience within our net. Over time, the net becomes toxic, heavy and depleted just like us humans can become. In order to be free, we only have to forgive ourselves for holding a judgment towards the experience to begin with. Then, that which has been stuck is freed to flow through us as it was naturally intended.

We are all here to learn forgiveness. To do so, there has to be something within our lives to forgive. To truly forgive another, we have to forgive ourselves. But forgiveness is not about freeing us from being judged, it’s about freeing the judgment from us so that we can be free! 

 ~ Exerpt from “You Can Heal Your Chakras” by Angela Strank

by | Apr 6, 2018


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