Now, in this final exhalation of the warmth of summer, we can turn inward to see if there’s anything we need to leave behind this season as compost for Mother Earth. It’s a perfect time, in self awareness, to realize any errors we have made and to rectify them through forgiveness. Like the afternoon rainstorm that cleanses the dry, dusty roads and clears the thick humid air, acknowledging and releasing what we don’t need will leave us feeling crystal clear, light, and unburdened to enter into the season of autumn, the time to bring actions in the world.
“The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.” Louise Hay
When you engage in the practice of forgiveness, it can transform hurt and anger into peace and healing. Often it’s about deciding to let go of the hurt so that you no longer feel burdened by the pain. It’s not about forgetting the past or condoning or accepting hurtful actions of another. It’s about freeing yourself so that you can move forward in your life.
Forgiveness means letting go of the suffering that we experienced and the chains that bind it to us. It’s releasing our story that exists in our mind about it. It’s giving ourselves an opportunity to move toward a place of greater freedom, health, and happiness.
Out of the work of Howard Wills, here are 2 ways to help you begin to release what you need to from your life. Use what words make sense to you for God or the Divine in the first prayer.
Personal Cleansing Prayer
God, please help me forgive all people and all people forgive me.
Help us all to forgive ourselves.
Thank you, God, Amen. Thank you, God, Amen.
I bless this day and give thanks for my life
I forgive completely all people who have hurt me (repeat 3 times)
I ask all people I have hurt to please forgive me (repeat 3 times)
I apologize to myself for my wrongs to myself and my wrongs to others
(repeat 3 times)
I apologize for all hurts or wrongs to all life forms (repeat 3 times)
I apologize for all my hurts or wrongs to the earth and the life of the earth
(repeat 3 times)
With this release, freedom, peace, power, and new life, I bless all creation in the universe, and I fill the entire universe with my love
I love and bless the earth, all life, and all humanity
I love, bless, and respect the visible and the invisible
I rejoice and give thanks for this new life, power, and health, and give complete blessings and love to all life and all creation always
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