What do you think of when you hear the word forgiveness?
For many, forgiveness is an old-fashioned word associated with heavy memories of religious upbringing and rarely associated by the sweet relief from pain it is intended to produce.
The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary states that “Forgiveness is the act of forgiving. To forgive is to give up resentment of or claim to requital for (an insult); to grant relief from payment of (a debt); to cease to feel resentment against (an offender); to pardon (one’s enemies).”
“From my heart I give away….”
The Twisted Hairs Elders speak of forgiveness as “dainishu” (dah-nee-shoo). “From my heart, I give away any animosity, resentment, grievance, indebtedness, hostility, or hate and erase these forever from my circle of experience. Life is restored to determinative understanding.”
“Forgiveness begins with ourselves"
Forgiveness begins with ourselves. We are not able to forgive others or life (situations, events and the Greater) until we have forgiven ourselves for orchestrating, choosing, or simply being present to incur indebtedness.
Family, friends and all those interested in finding out more about these great teachings and how they apply to your own life are invited to join us at this community event.