From Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now….
FORGET ABOUT YOUR LIFE SITUATION for a while and pay attention to your life.
Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now.
Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.
Find the “narrow gate that leads to life.” It is called the Now.
Narrow your life down to this moment.
Your life situation may be full of problems — most life situations are —
but find out if you have any problem at this moment.
Not tomorrow or in ten minutes, but now.
Do you have a problem now?
When you are full of problems, there is no room for anything new to enter, no room for a solution.
So whenever you can, make some room, create some space,
so that you find the life underneath your life situation.
Forgiveness is the willingness to let go of being ‘right.’ It is the willingness to see the other person/situation with the eyes of love rather than judgment. It is letting go of a superimposed standard of how to behave…..speak…..appear.
Forgiveness is allowance of all things. It is the re-training of the mind to see thru eyes of love. Judgment is the demand to show up a certain way. It feels harsh/hard.
Forgiveness is the decision to let go of judgment. It is the decision to let go of beliefs that appear absolutely ‘right and wrong.’ There is no choice with judgment.
Forgiveness is the conscious choice for love. ” I choose to see you with compassion.”
Superficial forgiveness rests in the belief that someone is right and someone is wrong. In this, the one who ‘forgives’ appears magnanimous. “You have done something wrong, but I will be the bigger person and forgive you.” The forgiver is ‘better than’ the forgiven who is ‘less than.’ Clearly, there is no forgiving going on here.
True forgiveness….radical or quantum forgiveness….is the realization that there is only one who can ‘bestow’ forgiveness and only one who ‘needs’ forgiveness and that one is me. I am the forgiver and the forgiven.
Note: THIS IS A QUANTUM SHIFT IN PERSPECTIVE. WE ARE MOVING INTO COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS.
As we move out of the illusive paradigm of right and wrong and move into Oneness, we realize that there is nothing to forgive. No one has done anything to anyone because there is no one ‘here’ but me. There is only the One, and I AM THAT. It is all God. We are all God. In this place, there is only Love. This is what we are being asked to do at this time. We are being asked to Re-member who we are and to live into deep connection with all Life. We are One.
Forgive all, for in the end it is YOU you are forgiving.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self mastery as I understand it and experience it has to do with one’s ability to live from the inside out. My worldview changes when I truly learn to do this. Outside influences dissolve as the realization that I am both cause and effect of my earthly experiences becomes the reality. No more can I look to others for what is ‘wrong’ in my life. If someone is doing or not doing what I want of them, now it is solely an indication of my own objection to myself. This is the perspective one lives from if one takes on 100% responsibility for all of creation.
When realized, self-mastery is total and complete freedom. In this realization, I can say, “I am the creator. This is who I am, and it brings me great joy to look around me and see all that I have brought forth thru my intention and desire. It is very good.” In this statement lies the knowing that whatever appears in my world is perfect for my ‘remembering’ of who I truly am. If I desire to change something, I do it from the inside out….changing MY thoughts and ultimately my feeling response….in order to experience something different.
As long as the body-mind exists in the world, self-mastery calls for vigilance of every thought and every feeling. My awareness of another….my story of them….my judgment of them….this becomes information about myself ….not them. I eagerly seek such information, for I KNOW this always brings me the opportunity to see something about myself and change it. This is the point for all relationships while in a physical form.
What is your perspective of the world you see? How do you live each day? Do you remind yourself to check ‘where you are’ in your mind during the day?
Become a critical thinker. Learn to ask introspective questions. Become an expert at this. This is how you shift your perspective. Creating questions and applying them to one’s self is the key to self-mastery. KNOW THYSELF.
May you experience insights daily!