Today’s theme of A Season for Non-Violence is Self-Forgiveness. What came to mind immediately is Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, the founder of Agape Church talking about the different stages of consciousness – Victim, Manifester, Channel, and finally Being Consciousness on the Life Visioning CD I had. I remember his voice saying, “All forgiveness is self-forgiveness” and it’s stayed with me now for about four years, long after the CD has disappeared.
I’ve pulled an excerpt from an article, “Meet Agape’s Founder Michael Bernard Beckwith“ in the Beverly Hills Times about self-forgiveness:
“ST: You speak of forgiveness; not only of others, but of ourselves.
MB: All forgiveness is in truth, self-forgiveness. It begins with consciously forgiving ourselves. You can’t give away what you don’t have. So when you have self-forgiveness— without guilt of shame—it becomes much easier to graciously forgive others. Our part is not to hold the toxic energy of lack of forgiveness because we are the ones who are most affected by it. Don’t go to bed with resentment, animosity or unforgiveness. And if you find yourself doing so, then forgive yourself for that and restate your words of forgiveness within yourself. At first it might feel insincere, but as you work with yourself your heart begins to soften, to open, and it becomes easier to forgive both yourself and others. This isn’t nambypamby stuff. And it’s not about being a doormat or not dealing directly with hurt. It’s how skillfully we deal with it that makes all the difference. While we forgive ourselves up close, sometimes we have to forgive others at a distance, meaning they may be unwilling to accept our forgiveness. But we can still mentally broadcast our forgiveness to others and free ourselves from the toxic burden of un-forgiveness. There’s really no distance between souls—we’re all energetically interconnected, and when we send thoughts of forgiveness, there’s a place in the other person where it reaches, where it touches their spirit. But it all originates within our own consciousness.”
Here is the Daily Practice from A Season for Non-Violence / 64 Days of Non-Violence Campaign:
By practicing non-violence with ourselves, we begin to see how it might apply toward others. Each personal practice can be turned into a practice toward another. Try it.
Day 20 – Self-Forgiveness
When you judge yourself, you tend to believe that who you are is what you have or don’t have. Knowing that who you are is greater than all these things. Today, forgive yourself for forgetting the good that is in you.
This is especially appropriate for me in my life today. A couple of days ago a close friend of mine and I were having a conversation about this and I used the reference from the Life Visioning CD that “All forgiveness is self-forgiveness” to my friend. He liked it.
I highly recommend the CD – and listen to it every day, at least once until it begins to live in you on the cellular level. Change your thoughts…