Words of Wisdom: Forgiveness

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”

~ Robert Muller

“We are all doing the best we can with the understanding, knowledge, and awareness we have… We may not know how to forgive, and we may not want to forgive; but the very fact we say we are willing to forgive begins the healing practice.”

~Louise Hay

“Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over.”

~ Unknown

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one. “

~ Henry Ward Beecher

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What inspired you today?

One of the most profound moments of my life happened this afternoon as I witnessed someone near and dear to me make a declaration of change. After years of being angry, bitter with life, and full of resentment (emotions that have caused her to become extremely ill, and someone who frequents the hospital) she had reached her breaking point.

I could tell that this time was different from others because for the first time, she was able to take responsibility for the role that she’s played in her own unhappiness with life. She began to acknowledge certain thoughts that she had bought into over the years that lead her to a state of misery. She shared with me some of the hurt, blame, and frustration that she’s held on to her entire life, and as she did this, she was able to release bits and pieces of it.

It was so profound for me because I’ve come to know the process of change through the efforts of my own journey. Although change is not an easy thing to go through, especially after a lifetime of being acustomed to thinking and being a certain way, it is most rewarding when its something that you allow to take place.

Even though nothing more than an emotional declaration of change was made this afternoon, the most important thing is that she acknowledges that she is willing to embark on the journey… because anything would be better than what she had been living previous to that very moment.

Willingness to change is always a good start, and typically the first place to start in the never ending quest for enlightenment. Those moments were indeed inspiring because as she learned her lessons, so did I.

@BCSTARKS over and out!

Louise Hay says ‘You Can Heal Your Life’: The powerful connection between thoughts, the body, & life

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I was first introduced to the concept of the “law of attraction” as a sophomore in college. It’s a concept that has resonated with my spirit ever since. That’s probably because I was raised in a household that taught me that I could do and be anything in life as long as I believed it, and put lots of work into it.

In addition to that, growing up Christian Baptist taught me to ‘ask, and I shall receive… seek, and I shall find… knock, and the or shall be opened.’ And I could never forget one of my favorite BIBLE verses (okay, so I can’t remember exactly, lol) that says, “But wilt thou know ‘o’ vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

These very ideas shape who I have become today and forever more. But I have yet to become more impressed by any other groundbreaking piece of literature or idea, than that of bestselling author and metaphysics guru Louise Hay’s book titled, You Can Heal Your Life.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of the law of attraction, it pretty much states that your thoughts and the energy behind them are what shape your life experiences. In other words, most of what happens in life is not pure chance, but involves more interaction on your own part than you realize.

Louise takes this concept one step further by introducing the effect of thoughts on the body. Believe it or not, you can think yourself sick! Hence the reason why stress, anxiety, and depression can all lead to further bodily complications. According to metaphysical teachings, a lifetime of resentment, anger, and guilt (all emotions/ dis-eases of the mind) can lead to cancer, AIDS, and even simple things like ulcers (all dis-eases in the body).

But just as it is possible that you make yourself sick, you also have the power to make yourself well. Louise offers affirmations that help to re-program a lifetime of fear and negative thinking into new beginnings of self-love, forgiveness, compassion, overall well-being, and patience with the processes of life.

Reading this book can be life changing. At least, it has been for me. I would recommend everyone to check it out. Even if you don’t agree with things that she shares in her book, it will definitely force you to think about changing old patterns of thought.

Until next time, get ya mind right ppl!

Much Love,

@BCSTARKS 🙂