Forgiveness

For the last few days I have been writing about releasing and throwing out HATE and FEAR.  Another way to look at releasing hate is letting go of grievances.  Holding grievances is one of the roadblocks to our plan for freedom and transformational change.  If we are willing to let go of grievances, we can expect to change the very fabric of our human existence, and I believe we can and will do this in my lifetime. I also have come to believe this transformational change happens in its own time.  There are no guarantees we will wake up tomorrow transformed and no reasons why that isn’t possible.

One of the main players in our transformational journey is, “Forgiveness.”  Forgiveness is an idea often misunderstood but needed to be better able to work on our own healing.  One of the more memorable forgiveness events I can remember is the Amish school shooting in Pennsylvania in October 2006.

From NPR Investigations:

It was in the tiny community of Nickles Mines that a man stormed into a one-room schoolhouse and shot 10 young girls, killing five. He then killed himself.  Since the tragedy, people around the world have been inspired by the way the Amish expressed forgiveness toward the killer and his family.

Forgiving the Killer

Charles Roberts wasn’t Amish, but Amish families knew him as the milk truck driver who made deliveries. Last month, it was announced that the Amish community had donated money to the killer’s widow and her three young children. It was one more gesture of forgiveness, gestures that began soon after the shooting.

(Donald Kraybill, is a sociologist at nearby Elizabethtown College and co-author of Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy.)

“I think the most powerful demonstration of the depth of Amish forgiveness was when members of the Amish community went to the killer’s burial service at the cemetery,” Kraybill says. “Several families, Amish families who had buried their own daughters just the day before were in attendance and they hugged the widow, and hugged other members of the killer’s family.”

(Jonas Beiler, is the founder of the Family Resource and Counseling Center.)

Tragedy changes you. You can’t stay the same,” Beiler says. “Where that lands,you don’t always know. But what I found out in my own experience if you bring what little pieces you have left to God, he somehow helps you make good out of it. And I see that happening in this school shooting as well. One just simple thing that the whole world got to see was this simple message of forgiveness.”

Beiler says that because the Amish can express that forgiveness, and because they hold no grudges, they are better able to concentrate on the work of their own healing.

 

I leave you with todays lesson from the “Course in Miracles,” which speaks to the leap of faith these loving people made. Today’s lesson presents us with one of the greatest ‘prayers’, one of the greatest guidelines for action within the illusory universe that we can ever apply to any situation we appear to encounter at any place or any time. These words will give us the appropriate and specific response to absolutely any situation in which we feel the need to choose the guidance of our higher self.

“What would You have me do?

Where would You have me go?

What would You have me say, and to whom?”

 

 

”Blessings on your journey”

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It’s all in the release!

Back in my youth I had a fascination with balsa wood airplanes. The simple little fighter planes where you affixed the tail and main wings into a thicker balsa wood body. If you tilted the wings in a certain direction they would fly in loops, circles or wide turns.

On occasion I was fortunate to get the large plane, the one with the long rubber band and propeller. This was the Cadillac of balsa wood flyers in my day. The long rubber band and propeller would keep the plane in the air for much longer and could, if not handled and launched properly, find its way into the trees or on to the cottage roof. My life back then had many moments retrieving things from the trees and the roof, it got to the point where we would leave the ladder out.

Like everything in life, how we launch our day, idea, conversation, plan, business etc etc will create an affect. It can be a smooth flight or a bumpy one, “It’s all in the release”

I can remember the fascination and joy of having and playing with these simple machines. I try to bring that same energy to all I do. Sometimes it’s a smooth flight and sometimes not. My job is to keep the plane out of trouble but retain the joy and fascination of the flight. Giddy-up

“Blessings on your journey”

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It’s all in the release!

Back in my youth I had a fascination with balsa wood airplanes. The simple little fighter planes where you affixed the tail and main wings into a thicker balsa wood body. If you tilted the wings in a certain direction they would fly in loops, circles or wide turns.

On occasion I was fortunate to get the large plane, the one with the long rubber band and propeller. This was the Cadillac of balsa wood flyers in my day. The long rubber band and propeller would keep the plane in the air for much longer and could, if not handled and launched properly, find its way into the trees or on to the cottage roof. My life back then had many moments retrieving things from the trees and the roof, it got to the point where we would leave the ladder out.

Like everything in life how we launch our day, idea, conversation, plan, business etc etc will create an affect. It can be a smooth flight or a bumpy one, “It’s all in the release”

I can remember the fascination and joy of having and playing with these simple machines. I try to bring that same energy to all I do. Sometimes it’s a smooth flight and sometimes not. My job is to keep the plane out of trouble but retain the joy and fascination of the flight. Giddy-up

“Blessings on your journey”

Www.mkanthony.com

Declutter and spring cleaning

Yesterday I suggested cleaning house and today the morning shows are instructing me on organizational thoughts and ideas for decluttering.  Pam Sherman in her weekly newspaper column opens with her article on the new rage in the world of decluttering, the user manual being the book, the Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. Decluttering and deepcleaning seems to be the hot topic today.  Apparently everyone is following my blog, lol.

In my most sincere desire to declutter our world, I would like to suggest we take a moment and consider a couple specific things to throw out from our own houses.  Typically when we spring clean we throw out things we realize we dont need anymore. There might have been a time when it appeared useful but is useful no longer. If my list doesn’t resonate with you today, feel free to make up your own.

The first one to throw out  is HATE.  As we look around our house and find any crevice or corner in the attic or basement that harbors any old idea or useless behavior involving HATE, throw it out!!!  Hoarding hate for any reason is like filling all the cracks and openings that light can flow through.  It’s like keeping the blinds drawn so no one can see in, which by the way inhibits us from seeing out! It’s one of the most destructive and hurtful items we can have in our house.  Throw it out!

The next is FEAR.  Once we clear out the HATE, there should be nothing left to fear, right?  The problem with fear is it can be invisible and very hard to find.  It hides behind the curtains and under the bed.  It hides in the very fabric of the structure and is constantly telling us things will be OK, just stay the course, dont change anything and we’ll be safe.  It loves to keep us in check, dont change, we’re OK just the way we are. Then when all hell breaks loose it says, see, I told you so! OK, so we need to do a little more work with fear.

Maybe today we can try to tackle just one fear.  Maybe its the one about calling that relative or friend that you haven’t talked to in months and your afraid they hate you.  Maybe its the one where you’re afraid to get started on your taxes because your afraid you’ll owe more.  Maybe you can find that perfect one for you, the one that’s been bothering you recently and throw it out.  It’s a start!! Let me know how you make out.

“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Cleaning house

Every once in a while it’s good to clean your house!!

I would like to suggest that we all are assets. You, me, the guy down the street, the gal at the check out counter and the struggling soul wandering aimlessly in the night.  While it may be hard at times to “see” everyone as an asset because they “look” like liabilities, I believe we were all born as assets. If you can follow me in this thinking, I’d like to suggest an asset is love. Have you ever met a new born baby that wasn’t love? We were created in love, the product of love and therefore we are love. When we sit in our deepest place, the place where breath is created, we meet it. It can be as near or far as we allow, choose or are programmed to believe, but, there is only one truth.

We need to hear the truth about ourself as frequently as possible, because our mind is so preoccupied with false images. We have been operating under the ego’s thought system for a very long time, and we’ve built up quite a backlog of false ideas and images. Time now to clean house!

“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Good thing you rock

If you change the way you look at the world, the world you look at changes.

Change your thinking to knowing that your life matters, and that you are important. It can be easy sometimes to buy into the illusion of our own insignificance. But nothing could be further from the truth. Every single one of us matters tremendously. Our very existence affects countless people in countless ways. And because we are each essentially a microcosm of the larger universe, our internal experiences affect the whole of life more than we could ever imagine. The world simply could not exist as it does now if you, or any one of us, were not in it.

Perhaps on some level you believe your life does not matter. If this thought resonates with you, join the club and the journey, it happens to the best of us. This one belief in your own unimportance could be limiting you and impacting your life in enormous ways. When you shift your perceptions around your own ability to affect your life and impact the world, you may discover wonderful parts of yourself that you had long ago forgotten. There may even be exciting new parts that you never even knew existed.

I know what it’s like. I’ve seen it played out a few zillion times: You’re waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are. Maybe they’ll first catch the sparkle in your eye. Or perhaps they’ll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit. Someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all. Someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh…

Well, I’m here to tell you, your wait is over. That someone is you.

Good thing you rock.

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Beguiling romance

The main thing those who’ve “passed” would like to tell those who’ve not “passed,” is that once you get over the shock of having safely arrived—completely intact, cool as ever, and bathed in love—what you’ll miss most about Earth, after ice cream, is the beguiling romance of uncertainty.
Oh yes you will.  You really do have it made.  Giddy-up
From my friends at TUT
”Blessings on your journey”