Living from the Heart Week 3: Forgiveness

We are now on to the third week, August 19th - 25th, of our latest syllabus, Living From the Heart. Through our weekly themed-based practice and rituals, this new syllabus at HOA shall enable us to walk the path of emotional self-mastery, as we seek to connect with ourselves and our Divinity. In the past two weeks, we have worked with the theme of Appreciation and Compassion. This week’s theme is Forgiveness, and we shall express it by releasing feelings of victimhood and reclaiming our power.

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness operates out of the construct that each of us is doing the best we can under the circumstance of our life experience. When a person operates from the heart virtues and the rich textures of its authentic frequencies, forgiveness is a natural state of acceptance.

When a perceived injustice enters our experience—no matter how significant or whether we perceive ourselves to be the cause or the effect—we may initially react with the sharp emotions of victimhood or annoyance, but this emotional clutter can be quickly cleared by replacing the sense of victimhood or annoyance with understanding and compassion.

Forgiveness is really the outward expression of understanding and compassion without the heavy sentiments of duality (i.e., good and bad) that typically introduce the presence of judgment. It is a neutral expression without design or purpose other than to release yourself from a negative emotional state, which is similar to energetic quicksand. A lack of forgiveness leads to denser emotions like anger, resentment and spite culminating in the energetic body. Here at HOA, our practices and rituals often center around releasing these base energies to raise our vibration and align ourselves with divine love. We speak to HOA content creator Izzy on forgiveness:

“My family observes the Muslim celebration of Eid-Ulfitri which involves asking for forgiveness from both close family members and distant relatives. When I was younger, the idea was slightly questionable to me because I reasoned that most of these people I barely know or interact with; I had done them no wrong. But later I realised that the act of asking for forgiveness was an exercise in humbling the Self, and acknowledging that none of us are free from wrong doing. Being able to ask for forgiveness consequently enables us to be better at granting forgiveness to those who have wronged us, thereby releasing us from holding on to a grudge that will manifest in other ways in our lives. I would recommend the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono, which involves meditating on the following mantra: “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” This mantra all at once centers of the themes of forgiveness, compassion and appreciation, and is very much in line with the six heart virtues we practice at HOA.”  - Izzy Liyana

Come find forgiveness in your heart with our Living From the Heart syllabus. Book your spots today

Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA