Gratitude and Forgiveness II
Affirmation: I live a Christ centered life of love, peace, joy, gratitude and compassion.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! (TYTYTY for short) Two weeks after I received the “gratitude and forgiveness” message it is still coming in strong. It doesn’t matter where I turn, the message is there. I opened two emails I regularly receive and there it was. I read my daily readings and again, there it was and then, I watched a homily on TV and once again, the message was “praise God in ALL things.” I took this to mean that I still have a lot of work to do and since I am determined to release all resentment from within and to live a Christ centered life of peace, love, joy, gratitude and compassion, I am fully open to any and all the messages the Universe is sending me. I am surprised it has taken me this long to absorb this message.
I’ve been saying the Lord’s Prayer since I learned to talk. I’ll bet I’ve said it a million times; “…and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” It’s a simple message, isn’t it? But, it’s not an easy message. Obviously, it’s a very important one. Of all the things Christ taught us, this was a priority. Was I just saying the words and never listening to the message? Am I ready now to fully embrace this concept? I am. This, however, is not something I can do on my own. I think this requires a healing of the spirit and for me that demands I turn it completely over to God, to Jesus Christ. Once again, a simple concept but for me, a life skill I am still developing. Mind you, I am not being asked to forget, but to forgive. The world can be a dangerous place. There are a lot of terrible things going on. Many people suffer great injustices. How do we let go of those experiences and find the blessings in them? It is possible? I believe it’s only possible with supernatural assistance.
I once heard the author of Salvation on Sand Mountain Dennis Covington speak. He was a reporter at the time and his assignment was to visit the churches that had the practice of handling snakes. It says in Mark 16:17-18 (NIV) “18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all …” He got caught up in the whole practice and eventually wrote the book. What I remember most about his story is the question he asked, “What if you truly believed?” What would you be willing to do? What would you feel you could do if you truly believed? What kind of faith is that? After much thought I came to the conclusion that we all have “snakes” that we handle. What if our faith was strong enough that we believed those poisonous “snakes” could do us no harm: cancer, heart disease, abuse, violence, depression & anxiety, betrayal and abandonment? What if my faith was so strong I could not only trust that God had a plan for my life and this was simply a part of it but also that I could handle it and be grateful for it, without my being bitten or poisoned?
I know this is an aberration of what the religious snake handlers believe but this is what I decided. The message is about the strength God gives us should we choose to believe. It’s not about the snakes; it’s not about what’s happening outside of us. It’s all about what’s happening inside of us. It’s how we perceive the dangers and troubles of this life. It’s not about what happens to us. Stuff happens. It’s about how we perceive what happens to us and we are called, for our own sake and the sake of others, to be grateful for all things and to forgive at all cost.
When a new friend visited me in my home and brought with her the gift of TYTYTY and the message about letting go of all resentment and embracing total forgiveness, she shared a mediation she uses throughout her day. She graciously agreed to let me share it with all those reading this.
Deep Breath, close your eyes & imagine your crown chakra opening up. Send white light (perhaps the healing light of the Holy Spirit) through your crown chakra down thru your brain, then filling your sinus cavity, mouth, throat, down down to filling your shoulders, chest cavity, stomach, take time in filling your hip area with the white light, then down down thru your legs & feet down down to the center of the earth. So now you’re connected by the light from heaven to the center of the earth. Gently open your heart chakra & let the light fill your heart, now the love & energy from your heart mixes with the white light. Now feel the emotion of gratitude. Say “tytyty” over & over, turn up the volume, make the pictures brighter, take that emotion of gratitude times 10. Make n bubble of that mixed energy (white light, heart energy, gratitude) the size of your heart. Now expand the bubble around you, marinate in the energy for a bit. Now expand the bubble to the size of the room you are in. Then expand to how ever big you want. Marinate. Then gently open your eyes, notice how much brighter the colors are, shapes are 3-D, smells are stronger. Take this vibration of 1,000 with you the rest of the day. Repeat meditation as often as needed throughout the day.
May you find the tools that enable you to fill all your days with peace, love, joy, gratitude and compassion.