The virtue of Forgiveness

HOA Online this week presents Sound Meditation on the virtue of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is a virtue that liberates. 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. 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. 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 operates out of the construct that each of us is doing the best we can under the circumstance of our life experience.

Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. When we forgive someone who has done us wrong, it demonstrates our ability to see beyond their transgressions, and to recognise the divinity within them as the same divinity that resides within us. Martin Luther King Jr. puts it eloquently: 

"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."

Beyond our relationship with others, forgiving ourselves may sometimes seem to be one of the hardest things we can do, as we tend to define our selves based on the mistakes we make. Changing our relationship to our mistakes will help us realise that they teach us the lessons needed for evolution. The energy of regret, anger and resentment are the largest blockage to our inner harmony, and are the root cause of our emotional imbalance. When we often meditate upon the Heart chakra, we can practice unconditional love for ourselves and those around us. We are compassionate toward all living beings, we extend forgiveness easily and we afford others the respect they deserve. 

The Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono prayer compounds the heart virtues we have learnt thus far: forgiveness, compassion and appreciation. This practice espouses the following prayer,

“I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, I thank you.”

and has since been touted as a powerful technique for Self-Love and for strengthening relationships with the people around us. Repeating this prayer to the Self has reportedly brought about a feeling of greater Self-Worth and tranquility. 

Join us on HOA Online for our 30 minute audio recorded Sound Meditation on the virtue of Forgiveness.

Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA