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Forgiveness

Forgiveness. Its one of those highly charged words that either gets people staring at the floor or debating over just what is and what is not forgivable. It is one of the easiest and yet most difficult things on Earth one can do. Just about every world religion has some teaching on the nature of forgiveness, some sort of Prodigal Son story. Some spiritual disciplines, such as those studied in A Course in Miracles, maintain that true forgiveness pierces the veil of illusion, allowing one to come to the realization of the oneness of all.

The definition of forgiveness says that it is the mental and/or spiritual process of ceasing to feel resentment or anger against another person for a perceived offence, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. So basically if there is any person (or situation for that matter) we really dislike, want to lash out at, or consider getting even with, we have work to do. If we read through this and start feeling uneasy or angry, we have work to do.

Obviously, it takes great discipline to get to the point where we can be like Mahatma Gandhi , who forgave his own assassin as he lay dying, but practicing the art of forgiveness is definitely a worthy endeavor, if not just for the spiritual and physical rewards one gains for themselves.

Spiritually, forgiveness helps hone us to be the clean and clear channel our wise spiritual teachers coax us to become, so that we may hear the voice of Spirit much more clearly, and convey messages of hope and enlightenment as opposed to messages with a fearful or negative edge.

Physically, clinical studies have shown that that people who forgive are happier and healthier than their counterparts who hold resentments. Emotions such as anger and resentment trigger the release of hormone like substances such as cortisol, which can have grave effects over time on the body, such as memory loss, depression, fatigue, heart malfunction, and the list goes on and on. For those concerned with outward appearances, these same “stress chemicals” also have a detrimental effect on the skin and hair.

There are a great many resources for working with the act of forgiveness, many just an internet search away, or a quick conversation with a trusted spiritual teacher. Wikiquote, on the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has an entire collection of quotations related to the subject. A Course in Miracles has many helpful quotes and exercises on attaining forgiveness, regardless of one’s affinity to its teachings. An example is Lesson 249, which states: “Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss.”

Some psychologists recommend a type of meditation in which one simply visualizes those we need or wish to forgive walking towards them in a beautiful meadow, and telling them to their face in this safe mental environment that they are released from any anger or resentment. The act of forgiving in this case is simply to relieve the client of past hurts and traumas, without having to confront the perpetrator in a physical setting.


Sometimes though, it just seems that it is helpful to have something tangible, downright touchable to remind and comfort us as we attempt to walk the winding, narrow path that is forgiveness, and fortunately for us, the loveable mineral kingdom is more than happy to help. Certain gemstones and crystals have been used for centuries as tools to raise and/or balance our vibration so that we can better attain lofty goals such as forgiveness.

Stones for forgiveness can be grouped by color, starting of course with pink tones, since this color is most often associated with love.

Rose Quartz - the most renowned gem of forgiveness of course, which most folks have heard of, known for emitting warm, positive vibrations of pure love and forgiveness.

Rhodocrosite - an almost “hot pink” gem even in its opaque grade, really pumps up the loving vibrations when worn or carried with Rose Quartz, and can help stir us to act upon them.

Rhodonite - most often an opaque soft whitish pink semiprecious gem with black striations, has been used historically for releasing resentment, and drawing to its wearer the ability to see both sides of a situation.

Tourmalines – good love and forgiveness gems. Red –for mending a broken heart, Pink – opens the heart to unconditional love, Watermelon – (two toned) teaches us to live in harmony with others, Black – great for removing negativity.

Pink Calcite
- also a forgiveness stone.

Purple stones are often associated with spirituality and higher ideals.

Amethyst – inner peace and spiritual transformation.

Charoite – light pinkish lavender to purple opaque stone that instills unconditional love and acceptance of others, helps with letting go of old attachments and relationships.

Sugilite – often called Christ Stone, and Luvlite for its spiritually transforming qualities. Absorbs and dissolves anger and hurt, draws love and understanding.

Blue stones are thought to connect us with Angels and instill tranquility.
 

Blue topaz – aids spiritual growth, insight.

Turquoise – often called friendship stone, a master healer.

Angelite – draws Angels, healing, unconditional love, peace.

Earthy colored stones ground our spiritual ideals into our physical bodies.
 

Red Jasper – helps with forgiveness by aligning the heart energies.

Amber – draws negative energy away on both physical and spiritual levels, so considered a “cure all” for stress related ailments, among others.

Smoky Quartz – draws forgiveness to self or others, helps ground our desires into the physical, and repels negativity.

Green Jade – calms anxiety and harmonizes relationships.

These stones are a great addition to the quest for forgiveness, and can be “supercharged” simply by clearing (see August Angelic Wise Ones Newsletter) and then forming an intention/program such as “you will help me to forgive others”, or “so and so”, then sending that intention through your hands and into the crystal.

Remember that forgiveness is not limited to others, and though often it is most difficult to bestow it upon ourselves, it may be one of the most important and helpful of our lessons on this physical plane.

There is a lovely anonymous poem/quote that I have loved since childhood. I think it sums it up.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds upon the heel that crushes it.”
 

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