by Alicia K. Hanlen, Practitioner Emeritus
Taos Study Group
Guilt or innocence is not the point. Forgiveness releases each of us from the need to hate. – Don Miguel Ruiz
Infinite divine Life, in this blessed moment I pause to reflect on my world, and indeed the world for each and every one of us. For what I know to be true is that we are connected in Life by invisible but indestructible slivers of light energy, and that is how we interact with both each other, and our outer world experiences. It is certainly true that which binds us in this energy makes us stronger, more fully capable to find our way.
I have found that one of the tools in my spiritual toolbox is forgiveness, so I choose carefully to release and let go of any and all grievances as quickly and thoroughly as possible. I see the difference in putting these grievances to rest, while not excusing bad behavior, either in myself or another. Another powerful tool is gratitude, so I frequently and freely am thankful for all that I am, all that I have, and all that I circulate. And my next resource is the concept of grace, that ineffable “something” that freely and without conditions flows into my life, perhaps when I least expect it, and sometimes when I actively seek it as a Presence in my experience. With arms, heart and soul open to receive, I welcome the peace and the joy that is a gift each waking, sleeping moment. My life is so full, and each day I endeavor to share of my time, talents, and bounty with the world in whatever way seems appropriate.
Thank you, thank you, thank you dear Life, for all of the joy and all of the blessings. And so it is.