Forgiveness, Conversations with God tells us, is not necessary in the Kingdom of Heaven. That is because God can neither be damaged nor offended, and so has no need to forgive anyone. Think of it this way. Do you have a need to "forgive" your three-year-old grandchild for misbehavior? Of course not. And we are, to God, what a three-year-old child is to us.
In my life there has been no greater challenge than the challenge of relationships. I am speaking here now of romantic relationships, although all of my relationships—parental, familial, personal, business—have been a test for me from the very beginning.
Last week I offered here what I called Advice #1 on Grief: Let it out. Find a friend, go to your pastor, minister, rabbi or ulama, check out a grief-and-loss counselor, get to an emotional support group...find someone with whom to let it out. This week---Advice #2: spiritual healing for a wounded heart.
I have been sharing here my own experience of the long journey that so many of us take, each in our own way, as we seek the experience of God in our lives--what I have come to call The Holy Experience. In my case, it did not take long for me to realize that I was not going to find it possible to remain devoted to God through organized religion.
The first level of mastery is to consciously decide how you choose to feel about a certain thing. The second level of mastery is to consciously decide how you choose to express any feeling you are having.
Here in the Bulletin we have been exploring the nature of the events of life that appear in our reality every day. It is sometimes assumed that you have no control over exterior conditions, circumstances, or events--and I know that it can very often feel that way--but, in truth, you are co-creating them with others in your life--remembering, of course, as I have mentioned in previous weeks, how we are using the word "create" as a synonym for remember.