Nature & Energy Insights
As the Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season in the West approaches in a few months, it brings our attention to thankfulness, meant to be the centerpoint of the Thanksgiving holiday. But sometimes being able to focus on gratitude means we must first forgive. Of course, gratitude is something powerful to experience every day of the year – not just the holidays in our countries. Forgiveness can allow us to move on, fully able to experience and be open to the power of thankfulness anytime in our lives.
the ‘wrong’, or on the beautiful, lighter, positive that you can experience if you can find a way to let go…. The truth is, and you may have heard this many times in the past, it really does harm you - more than anyone else - to harbor these feelings. So in a way, this is about doing yourself a favor, helping you to heal this part of your heart that has been hurting from this.
A Forgiveness “Recipe”
When you feel ready to move forward, rather than staying stuck in the negative “energy soup” you may be unconsciously stirring or brewing, try this 3 step recipe:
First, set the intention that today is the day you’re going to forgive the person, situation, or incident – for your highest good. Know that it is the very best thing for you to lift out, resolve, and relinquish this negative energy from your body so that you may move forward, ‘lighter’, better able to reconnect with the fullness of your heart energy. Able to give fully of yourself again in situations, with people – family, friends. It's important to remember that sometimes things happen to be mirrors or reflections back to us about something we may need to take a closer look at. Sit in silence, uninterrupted, and go to the feelings that you have about the person, the incident, or the situation.
Second, try some automatic writing:
1) Is there something for my higher good that I am meant to see in this?
2) Is there something in a person’s behavior in this scenario that I’m meant to reflect upon in my own life?
3) Is there something about this situation that is meant to show up for me, to lead me to a change in direction in my life, a new way of seeing my life, or a new way of perceiving such interactions as potentially good for me, lessons for me, or otherwise for my highest good?
As you’re asking these questions of your soul, write down the first thing you get. The key to doing this type of exercise is not to judge yourself or question yourself about what is coming up. Rather, the idea is to focus on what is coming to you without holding judgment. What if every single thought coming to you right now is precisely what you need to ‘hear’/’see in order to progress in your life?
Third, if you'd like to do a quick exercise and watch how it helps shift the energy of the given situation, try this:
2. To help center and anchor yourself to the present moment, take a few deep breaths - inhaling deeply through your nose, and exhaling deeply through your mouth - as if pushing out all of that negative feeling inside of your body.
3. Now, feeling grounded and centered, imagine a little heart full of love flowing from your heart to the heart of that person. It doesn't matter if it feels silly, or with all of the anger or bitterness you feel, it doesn't feel 'honest'. That's ok - the idea is that you are taking the first step in letting go of some of these feelings that have been 'stuck'.
4. When you've completed this vision in your mind's eye, gently come back to the present moment and ope your eyes.
Over the next few days, notice if the way you view the situation 'shifts' - if the energy of it is moving, feeling 'lighter', less stuck, less 'charged'. Consider repeating it a few more times, noting over the following days and weeks if you feel it shifting for you.
While I use all of these tools, I can't tell you how many times I've used this latter exercise only to later have a conversation with the subject in the situation and notice the whole feeling within me has shifted. At those times, I feel lighter, the situation feels lighter, even inconsequential relative to the 'heaviness' the situation had previously felt to me. I love when that happens!
Going to your toolbox
Remember your other tools that are helpful in moving energy:
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.