Holliwell: The Law of Forgiveness

Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.

Raymond Holliwell, in his book “Working With The Law,” proposed that there was one ultimate law, the Law of Mind, and that it was in reality synonymous with God. He then broke that one Law down into 11 component laws.  One of these laws was Attraction, but instead of being the entirety of the law, it worked in conjunction with the other ten. Today we will continue our look at how Dr. Holliwell viewed The Laws by examining the eighth of the 11 components of this Law of Mind.

Law of Forgiveness

If there is one single virtue than can transform your life as much, or possibly more, than gratitude, it is forgiveness. Learning to forgive is not only beneficial, it is absolutely necessary in order to achieve true happiness and fulfillment. No matter if you give any credence to The Laws or not, forgiveness will have a profound impact on your life.

Guilt and resentment are two names for the same emotion. Guilt is simply resentment or a lack of forgiveness focused inwards at yourself. This one emotion is the single most destructive force in our lives. It blocks us up the flow of good into our lives because it blocks the flow of good out. Remember, we reap what we sow. You get out of life what you put into it. If the seeds you are planting are guilt and resentment, that’s what you are going to reap.

No one has any power over your emotions that you do not allow them to have. When someone wrongs you in some way, you have the power to decide if you are going to let it change how you feel. You may not be able to change the physical results of their actions, but you are able to decide what your emotional results will be. You can decide if you are going to harbor feelings of anger, resentment and bitterness, or if you are going to release them. Like learning any skill, this takes a little practice. It is, however, something that anyone can do.

So how do you learn to let go of resentment? Whenever your thoughts turn toward the person in question and feel the anger and bitterness welling up, take a moment to clear your mind. Take a deep breath and then make yourself think of some positive quality of that person. Wish them well. Remember, we should want for others what we want for ourselves. Dig deep until you are able to genuinely have positive thoughts about the person. With a little practice it will become much easier to do.

The same goes for guilt. Remember that life is a learning process. The object of life is to grow, expand and become more. Whatever it is that you are feeling guilt for, understand that the you that did that thing was the old you. You have learned since then, and you will not make the same mistake again. If you feel you need to make amends with someone because of your actions, then do so. But understand that the other person’s view of you will not wash away your guilt. Only you can forgive yourself.

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