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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Closer Look at Forgiveness

Imagine you are at an intersection. You are there with another vehicle.  Although it is your right-of-way, you wave for the other driver to go. They thank you with a wave in return and traffic continues.  You wave because you have patience and because you have humility. You forgo your privilege to move and give it to another. You forgo and forgive. In the eyes of the mind is selfishness.  In the mind is the belief that you are always first for attention. There is always an excuse for everyone else to not have the same perceived privilege. This limits others in the mind of the thinker. The mind confines others, limiting them by category or hierarchy. To forgive is to release them. To forgive is to pardon them. To forgive is to lift culpability and accusation from them, or from ourselves. To forgive is to return their innocence back to them.  To wave them through, accepting their road is not a hindrance to your own. 

Observe silver.  Silver is known for its luster. Yet silver can tarnish. We acknowledge that tarnish is not of silver and that tarnish does not define silver. We are aware that tarnish occurs to silver and can be lifted from it, regardless of its behavior. To acknowledge the luster of silver regardless of the tarnish is to forgive. This is to understand that tarnish is not the innate identity of silver.  Look to another. Look to anyone.  Look within yourself.  Acknowledge both element and tarnish. Overlook the tarnish to see only element. With tarnish removed, luster can return. Regardless of tarnish or its origin, luster exists for all silver.  Regardless of accusation and the mind's desire to confine, luster is a universal property in all people.  Like silver, luster is the natural state for us also.  Whether fear, or anger, or arrogance, or deprecation, or doubt, or shame, no one's innate innocence can be tarnished. This is to acknowledge the unconditional innocence of all people, that is the principle belief of forgiveness.  Forgiveness is a spiritual polish.  

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