Divine and Spiritual Forgiveness
Metaphysical Mind #126
Thank-You for reading this divine forgiveness issue of the Metaphysical Mind Ezine, guest-authored by Doug E. Holzmeier.
Before we begin, I would like to share some inspirational quotes with you:
I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to, and wondering what life would have been like if I’d just been myself.
Never follow somebody else’s path; it doesn’t work the same way twice for anyone…the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way.
–J. Michael Straczynski
Your life is yours and yours alone. Rise up and live it.
Now on to the main event…
“Loving the unlovable and forgiving the unforgiveable is the Light that illuminates your hour of darkness.”
–Douglas E. Holzmeier
“The chains of the unforgiven are carried by the unforgiving, those who withhold the key to conciliation.”
Forgiveness, as it has been written, is the gift you give yourself. The pain of the unforgiven pounds heaviest in the hearts of the unforgiving. If you allow yourself to look at even one soul as being unequal, you open the door to that one being you.
As I mentioned in the previous chapter, everyone suffers pain and loss. When somebody throws you a ball of dissension you not only don’t have to throw it back, you can simply allow it to fall to the ground. We need to start loving and forgiving each other, as it is not only the least we can do, it is the most we can do.
“A person who celebrates misfortune invites it in for cake and ice cream.”
What you counter; you encounter. What you oppose will set up residency next door because the opposition to it resides in your mind. The key to freedom is found in forgiveness. Every day is a great day to present a pardon, if not in person, then in spirit. Pardon precedes peace. If you have ever wondered why there are nations who have been at odds, fighting for thousands of years, it is because neither has pardoned the other for real or imagined injustices.
“There is no Peace without forgiveness.”
A person who attacks is trying to destroy what they don’t love in themselves. You cannot love a person while judging them. You are the only one judging. You cannot worship God while holding contempt for your brother, because he was put here by God for you. Sentence yourself and your sister to Peace.
“The mercy you share is the God you show.”
“The mercy you show is the God you share.”
When the saint and the sinner occupy the same place in your heart, you will occupy the same in God’s. Not that we are ever not in God’s heart, but you understand the sentiment. We all understand how hard it is to forgive sometimes. For prideful people, forgiveness seems like a concession. The only concession is to love. I guess that is what I am trying to say. Concede to love. Instead of holding on to hate, embrace love. Be merciful.
“The day of your last judgment is the first day of your eternal pardon.”
If you are holding out for an apology, you are creating a vacuum in your mind or heart which you will fill with something less than love. Why compound the pain of a real or imagined injustice? You are picking at your own scab suggesting that the person who caused it is the only one who can heal it. God heals the cuts on your arm as well as the scars on your heart. Allow yourself to heal by loving yourself and accepting and embracing the divinity within.
Hard to Say I’m Sorry
I have had the privilege of meeting many of the top pop music performers of the past few decades. Some of the nicest people were the biggest stars like Elton John, Phil Collins, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Bob Seger, Amy Grant, Barry Manilow, Hall & Oates, and Pat Benatar. I also loved meeting Taylor Dayne, the group America, and Janis Ian, who all came to perform for my radio station in the 1990s while I was programming WKWK-FM. Janis gave our son, Daniel, a child’s size guitar. Janis Ian is one of our most treasured artists. I highly encourage you to discover her rich catalog of amazing music. She has also written an incredible autobiography on the ups and downs of life in the music industry, Society’s Child, which was the title of her 1967 hit single.
I have also met or interviewed members of supergroups such as Journey, Chicago, Styx, Three Dog Night, and REO Speedwagon. These groups are presently missing important parts of their legacy. In 1997 I met Peter Cetera at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He had a new album to promote. I asked him about the prospects of getting back with Chicago, and he said there had been some talk about a reunion for the 30th Anniversary tour, but it didn’t materialize. A few months later, I was at the Star Lake Amphitheater with my friend, B.E. Taylor, who was opening for Chicago. During the Chicago meet & greet, I told the band I had talked with Peter in Cleveland and how he was disappointed that things didn’t work out regarding the tour. Most of the band was complimentary of Peter, adding that they hadn’t seen him in person since he left the band in the mid 1980s. There was a positive comment made about Peter’s vocals on his latest album. I could see in the eyes of the founding members that they loved Peter. There was genuine affection present while we were speaking about the former lead vocalist on Chicago classics like If You Leave Me Now, You’re the Inspiration, and Hard to Say I’m Sorry.
I heard similar sentiments when speaking with Chuck Negron about Cory Wells and Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night; Dennis DeYoung; when discussing STYX; Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain of Journey fame; and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, talking of long time lead guitarist Gary Richrath. You could tell there was much love and affection for these former bands of brothers but a degree of vanity was overriding divinity causing separation and unresolved differences. As a fan of all of these bands, I hope there will come a day of reconciliation and brotherhood. Not to a compromise of principle, but as a concession to love. And know that I’ll be first in line to buy a ticket to the show!
“When you can look upon the happy man and are happier for having done so, even envy is acquiescent.”
There is a process called Radical Forgiveness. It is a book written by Colin C. Tipping. I learned about this in one of my religion classes. The idea is simply to stop parsing forgiveness and forgive. We all know about unconditional love, how about unconditional forgiveness? The gift of forgiveness isn’t a gift at all if it comes with strings attached. We have to stop seeing others as impediments to our happiness and success. As long as you are placing your prospects for peace, love, and success in the hands and hearts of others, you make them the gatekeepers to your Miracles, when, of course, they all unfold from within us.
You are responsible for the acceptance or rejection of God’s abundance in all forms. You Are God’s Best Idea! Receive forgiveness through forgiving. To learn more about forgiveness go to www.radicalforgiveness.com.
The day you decide you have had enough suffering, you will have had enough…suffering. Forgive your divine family and accept your inner divinity and live the Undeniable Life.
“Love and forgiveness, with condition, is but a crumb of cheese a top a trap. Unconditional love and forgiveness, sets you free.”
About the Author:
Douglas E. Holzmeier (aka Doug Daniels) is a contemporary mystic who writes about the Law of Attraction and peace, love, and understanding on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook sites. His first book is You Are God’s Best Idea! Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life.
Doug has spent most his adult life working in the radio industry. Doug has been an on-air personality in Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Pensacola, Florida; Charleston, West Virginia; Rockford, Illinois; Wheeling, West Virginia; and Tri Cities, Washington, among others. As a program director, his stations have been nominated for Adult Contemporary Station of the Year honors three times.
Doug is also available as a motivational speaker, life coach, and on his way to becoming an ordained minister. You can find Doug on the Internet at www.YouAreGodsBestIdea.com. (Audio version of book available for purchase at the website.)Forgive your Ancestors. Forgive your Family. Forgive your enemies and friends.
Forgive God. Forgive Earth. Forgive Yourself.
May you come to know Truth and Love through divine forgiveness,