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8 Most Powerful Self-Healing Affirmations

Use conscious affirmations to direct the energy, to focus the energy into what you really want, to set intentions. In order to benefit best from these affirmations, they need not only to be spoken, or thought of, but actually felt through each and every single atom of your being. Through all you are, through your consciousness. Persistence and dedication is needed in every moment and actively embodying and living the reality of your affirmations, creating it.

Try using affirmations to are simple, but powerful, in alignment with your highest good, to direct the energy you want towards manifestation. Be open to infinite possibilities. Align energetically with your highest outcome and hold the infinite space for its unfolding. Simply be open, while learning to recognize and discern that which is alignment with your highest good.

Use these affirmation whenever you feel it is necessary. That could be any time, with anything.

The most poweful affirmations of self-healing are:

1. Natural Healing
” My body knows how to heal itself. I am activating my body’s natural healing system. I am allowing the healing to occur. “
2. Highest good
“My body tells me what it needs to function in its highest state in physicality. I am asking my body to tell me what it needs to function in its highest state in physicality. “
3. Information
” I am honouring my body’s wisdom, by trusting the body signals it sends. I am open to consciously receive information from my body. “
4. Harmony
” I am asking that every part of my body carries its task easily, naturally and harmoniously. I am asking every part of my body to harmonize. “

5. Wisdom
” My body is attuned to the wisdom of the Universe. I am asking my body to receive universal light, aligned with its highest good. “
6. Vitality
”  I am giving my body all it needs to be full of vitality. I am proactive and dedicated in taking care of my body’s optimal function. “
7.  Gratitude:
” I am grateful for being in my body. Gratitude feels my mind and body like a healing stream of gold light. “
8. Love:
” I am in love with my body. I am accepting and loving each and every single part of my body. I am fully embracing my physical human aspect, in whatever shapes and forms. I am accepting and loving my imperfections, because they make me unique. “

Affirmations will not work if there is deeper rooted judgement, fear, hatred, insecurity or any other self-sabotaging behavior involved. In that case, going to the root, acknowledging, seeing for what it is, gaining the wisdom there needs to be received and integrated from the experience is the only way to cut the root and facilitate the natural healing to occur.

Our bodies might be complex, many things are yet not discovered, but at the end of the day, the body is a physical expression of our consciousness. The same ” principles ” apply. I am not  speaking about the usual limiting dualistic principles we’ve been used to until now, but the universal principles that are most expansive and abundant in possibilities and miracle creation. You can create your own affirmations that feel best to you and fit you best, in the moment. Flow with it, get creative.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Ascension Energy Update: Pisces Full Moon – 29 August 2015

As we went through the Lion’s gate portal, the energies have been, pushing us forward on the Ascension path, in terms of transformation and finally releasing the last remnants of the dysfunction, beliefs and pretty much everything that no longer serves us. When I say the energies, I don’t mean we have no participation in it, on the contrary, we are doing it all, the “energies” are only facilitating this transformation. As always, everybody’s having different experiences, in their own timing, which is why your awareness and following/trusting your own guidance is so important. This is a multi-dimensional experience, it’s not time or space limited, it’s universal.

I’d like to touch on the many facets of the current energies, but they are too vast and expressed in way too many forms, however I’m going to do my best to emphasize on the most important ones.

One of the obvious themes everybody’s been experiencing since Venus went retrograde in July is self-love and healing ourselves and parts of our life, such as relationships. I wrote another article on this topic – Transforming Self Through Transforming Relationships – Self-Love With the Full Moon in Pisces, I’m feeling a sense of completion and expansion in terms of self-love, for those who are truly focused on becoming and being the highest aspect they can be in every moment as a conscious human. This will also depend on the level of self-mastery we are that’s constantly changing, expanding. Levels as in not better, not worse or any other comparison, but from the higher perspective of levels which is all about Soul choices, growth and purpose.

Hand in hand with self-love goes freedom, which was/is the core theme of the Lion’s gate. There are different states of freedom. Freedom might be expressed differently in our lives, during certain periods and our perception of it will change and expand, but true freedom in its essence is the freedom that comes from within. It is the freedom of the human spirit, the raw, pure and wild force of our spirit, the one you feel when the wind is caressing your hair, the one you see in a child whose beingness hasn’t been touched by social conditioning, the horse that runs carelessly through the fields, untamed. Do you feel the same way ? Do you feel completely free ? Free to be yourself, free to do what you want to do ? Take a moment to open up to the feeling, are you free ? If not, what is it that you created that’s making you feel imprisoned ? Let it go.

It’s time you become the child, or more like bring it to the surface and allow it to play. This is the return to innocence.

No more blame games and no more excuses. It’s not the government, it’s not the weather, it’s not money, it’s not your parents, it’s not the system who is putting you in cages. It is only you, or more particularly, your fears. When you accept this truth and end the blame game, you take responsability for the incredible power of giving yourself freedom, you will enter a new ” world” : the universal world, the realm of unlimited possibilities, the realm of true joy and Soul fulfillment. Your power can work both ways, you can give yourself freedom, or take it away, it is a choice. Your choices will reflect in your actions, your behaviour and general state of being, in any case.

Before entering this new world, you might be asked to give up all your fears, surrender, transform and bury all these old rotten emotions and baggage. You might have been carrying it for way too long. How long you’re going to keep carry it, it’s your own decision as well. You see, it is all on you. You must realize and understand your tremendous creator potential, your universal nature and truly embody it. ” Walk the talk, ” as an ascending master that you are.

The Universe, with all its alignments and celestial dances is supporting this right now, it’s supporting you in all your desires, choices and actions. Do you realize now the importance of being yourself and expressing it ? How powerful doing what you enjoy most and living your deepest heart desires really is ? Sit with it for a bit, internalize it. A new step in self-mastery is being achieved.

We are still integrating the latest light waves, we’ve been literally living that song “wave after wave.” This integration process will continue for a few weeks, possibly months as we transform many things on many levels. Information for the next phase keeps coming in so simply be aware in the present moment of now and have the courage to take some leaps of faith. Have the courage to follow your heart, cause it will not lead you astray, on the contrary, the outcome will be more joyful and miraculous than you could have ever imagined.

Strongly inter-connected with the latest initiations is the Full Moon in Pisces that is tomorrow, 29th August. The Pisces is being seen as the emotional sign of the zodiac (emotional, as in moody) which is accurate on some level, but in its highest aspect the Pisces energy is all about the deepest most beautiful feelings and allowing these feelings to flow. Feeling is one of our greatest gifts. We are truly alive when we feel and when we embrace each feeling as it is.

Due to the water element of the Pisces, we might experience more telepathic communication, heightened senses, clearer/more specific guidance, so it’s a good time to get some clarity on whatever it is you want to get clarity on. Soul purpose details, missing pieces might add up to the puzzle.

With all these September events coming, it is very important to not have expectations about how they might look like, as that leaves no room for dissappointment, only miracles and highest outcomes. Not only the focus on future events robs us of the joy of the present, but it also creates a block in the flow. Energy flows where attention goes. Since there is no future (or at least not one set in stone, ever), where does our energy go ? It is being wasted. It’s important that we learn to organise and cultivate our energy in a way that benefits us best.

No attachment to events, the outcomes of them, no attachments whatsoever and boom shaka laka – You got freedom, now expand from there.

We are definitely going to experience some big shifts in September, we all feel it, but there is no other event like the present moment of Now. In the present, you can experience anything, but what I think the best aspect of it is that you get to live, to really be alive and enjoy life. This is what we’re all aiming for in the end, isn’t it ? Irony is that what we’re aiming for, is already here, now.

As always, if you feel guided to set clear intentions during this full moon, do so. Direct the energy, your energy, into what you wish to create and let the magic unfold. Easier said than done, I totally understand, but never impossible when we are truly devoted to be the highest aspect we can be in the moment. I hope you have a happy hippie joyful full moon!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Transforming Self Through Transforming Relationships – Self-Love

We are moving deeper and deeper in the unification with the soul in human embodiment. No news, I know. But there are many facets of this merging process. Lately, it has been pretty much mostly about transforming self through relationships.

Relationships do reflect you, they reflect your actions, your creations, how you use your energy, they reflect all you are. Many times we can be unconscious of some things we do that may not be beneficial for us and obviously for others around us either. Relationships mirror that, everybody in your life is reflecting you on some level. Therefore, they bring us an opportunity to gain some awareness and clarity on the unconscious acts we might still be playing.

Generally speaking, the major theme of this period is one of the toughies for humanity: self-love. But it is also the most transformative experience and blissful way of being we can be in. Life begins when you truly love yourself. You may live, but you are not alive until you do that.

I am constantly being surprised by the many deeply ingrained layers of the social programming around self-love. It goes very deep and it’s extremely subtle. We tend to self-sabotage, criticize, judge, abuse, disempower, torture and imprison ourselves one way or another. I’m not even exagerating when I use those words. The same way we treat ourselves, we treat others. All that is, first and foremost, a lower mind product, facilitated by the social programming passed through eons of dysfunction.

Don’t get me wrong, we created this for various purposes and they all lead to Soul growth, it’s exactly what we chose to experience, so there is no victim, there are only creators. Now we are collectively moving away from the duality we’ve created. More and more people are choosing to let go of what no longer serves them and all the social programming we’ve gathered all this time in duality. First and foremost, it must be an individual choice though.

That’s where relationships come in. They can provide you with that heightened awareness that is necessary to make you conscious of the changes you need to make to let go of what no longer serves you. As the things that need to be transformed and healed come into our awareness, two timelines pop up. One of it is ignoring and denying the things that need to be released and just keep carrying them in our energy field,  as it is definitely uncomfortable to allow all the fear, pain and suffering to be alchemized through you (although still necessary at some point), however you choose when you are ready. The other choice is to ” face your demons, ” make peace with them, see them for what they really are at the end of the day – an expression of your Soul. That is what’s going to dissolve them into their highest aspect. Rebirth. Phoenix. All the pain and suffering come from fear, it comes from the illusionary separation from Source/from everything and everybody. As I have stated before, the relationship you have with yourself is really the most important relationship you will ever have.

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Therefore, the solution in most cases is to love yourself. When we truly love ourselves, we open new pathways that facilitate our healing, transformation, purification and transcendence of our general state of being – ascension. All we do and all we are can only come from a place of love when we do that and only the most beautiful experiences can be birthed from it. Only when we love ourselves fully, with each atom of our being, that’s when we will be able to truly love others as well.

I wish self-love could be explained better in words, but words fail. It needs to be felt, experienced. It is a constant choice, an action, a state. It’s divine and the greatest gift you can give yourself and so, I urge you to be your own Santa.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Ascension Guidance: The Lion’s Gate – 8/8/8

Every year we go through a powerful gateway that assists the collective to move forward and deeper in the Ascension process. On the 8th of August our planet will align with the galactic center and with the blue sun – Sirius. During this alignment, intense waves of light will flow through the galactic center, Earth’s grid, the sun, Sirius, the pyramids and the sphinx. These waves contain mastery codes for the next phase of Ascension.

Many people have written a lot about this gateway already, there is a lot of information about it out there, so there’s not many things left to be said, just experienced I guess, as each person has its own unique experience as always.

For example to read more about the history behind the Lion’s Gate, you can click on this amazing article by Celia Fenn that really resonated with me.

http://www.starchildglobal.com/channels-and-articles/when-two-suns-rise/

” It was the Sirians who first taught us about the “Christ Consciousness” that was embodied in the Golden Light of the Sun. The Gold Frequency was Divine Light and it carried the energy of Divine Love and Compassion. As Humanity opened themselves to receive more of the transmissions of the Divine Light and more of the Light Codes that would elevate consciousness, they embraced the Gold Light and activated the Light Body and Multi-dimensional consciousness. The first Sirian Avatars of the Christ Consciousness were Isis and her partner Osiris, who brought the Golden Light to Egypt. The second Sirian Avatars were Yeshua, known as Jesus, and his partner, Mary Magdalene. Together they embodied the Divine Masculine and Feminine frequencies of the Gold Frequency of the Christ Consciousness. “

Officially, the Lion’s gate is “open” from the 26th of July, until the 14th of August. Here’s the thing with dates though; this is a very multi-dimensional collective event, but at the end of the day it is all experienced on an individual level. The experience of it depends on many factors: your Soul purpose, growth “plan”, the “level” of consciousness, necessary upgrades etc. What I mean is the energy of the Lion’s gate goes beyond the 14th of August and it can be experienced sooner or later by some, in divine timing nonetheless. The Lion’s gate is always open to whoever chooses to connect with its energy, with Star Sirius.

The main message is: Don’t be alarmed if seemingly nothing is happening and you are not “feeling it” and don’t be alarmed if you feel the intensity either. Learn to flow with the intensity, to flow in general. To surrender to the flow while also creating it – navigating it. Let things be as they are. Allow each experience to unfold as it is, no expectations, no limitations, no blocking it or attaching any dualistic thinking pattern (bad, good, wrong, right, negative, positive) to it. Move away from that a bit, if you so feel inclined. A neutral state is preferred as from that place we can create with clarity and it is also a state of greater bliss, of peacefulness.  As always, it’s of major importance to use your inner compass, as that will facilitate an easy, joyful, miracle abundant navigation.

The Lion’s gate is clearly supported by the Leo archetype.

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The usual Leo archetype characteristics everybody knows are pride, self-centeredness, egotistical behavour etc. While yes, you could call those characteristics part of the Leo archetype, that is only a dualistic perception. Most people who have been unaware/unconscious acted that way, or still do. No judgement whatsoever. I know the traits well, because I’m a Leo.

However, once transformed, the Leo archetype’s “lower” characteristics, only embodiment of self-love can come out of it, as well as becoming a true Soul-empowered individual. So, use the Leo archetype and the Lion’s gate to integrate deeper states of self-love and empower yourself in all aspects and all the areas of your life, of your beingness. That can only lead to a complete unification within yourself, a completion, harmony and balance. Such a potent gateway!

On the “technical” side of Ascension, as we go through the Lion’s gate, our Solar Plexus chakra (our power center) is being upgraded massively, constantly expanding as people are becoming more and more aware of their power and unlimited potential. That implies a transcendence of things related to the power aspects such as control, ego, manipulation, abuse of power, all sorts of social programming, healing of traumatic events (possibly embedded deep in the cells)  etc. which can be expressed as overwhelming emotions, so just allow the experience of this as well if it’s coming up.

The purest true power lies in the connection with the Soul Source, in the unification with it, which is currently in process. The vibration of 8/8/8 is also related to abundance and infinity, boundlesness and the merging/unification I just mentioned. As a reminder, ascension is not us going to some other dimension in some other world or whatever, it is more about bringing more Spirit, Soul, Source in our physical bodies, on Earth.

With all that being said, to eventhough it’s an annual event, every lion’s gate is different as there are more celestial events at play mixing with it, such as Venus retrograde, which gives us an opportunity to look at our relationships differently and see where there’s more work that needs to be done. Unity Consciousness is anchoring in the hearts of more people and this gateway will also facilitate some ancient connections between some people. All is well and as it should, it is more than well, it’s divinely perfect.

Happy Lion’s Gate!

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

How To Transcend The Ego

Ego is one of the most talked about concepts in the spiritual community and nonetheless the most misunderstood and misperceived. I know I am touching on a sensitive subject, but try to keep an open mind and heart when reading, as that always leaves space for expansion. As always, use your discernment.

In order to transcend dualistic perceptions of the ego, we must first let go of the judgement of bad and good, wrong and right and start looking at things from a higher perspective, which is always neutral, always from a place of awareness. As we transcend dualistic perceptions, there will be no mental distortions and we can see things with greater clarity, as they are and the part they play in creation.

From experience, I say fighting, ” killing”, blaming and hating the ego is the most self-sabotaging, harmful thing we can do to ourselves and if we are doing it to ourselves, we are inevitably treating others the same.

Individuals who understand self-love and who truly love, accept and embrace all they are as human beings, as well as their universal nature, will never separate Soul from Ego. They have unified all the aspects within themselves. They have transcended lower aspects into more Soul-aligned aspects which inevitably creates a higher vibrational experience.

In the end, the ego is just a Soul expression that allowed us to experience duality. The simple awareness of that can create a big change within and a feeling of harmony and your relationship with yourself. It clearly served us well and did the trick, but if we want to return to our pristine nature, we must now merge all our aspects, ego/”shadow self” including. We do that not by constantly being in conflict with ourselves, constantly being at war with the ego, but by acknowledging, embracing, transcending and integrating deeper states of self-love and compassion for ourselves.

Awareness in the present moment of now is all we really need to transform, transmute and transcend in order to bring more Soul into our beingness. The rest comes naturally when we make a constant soul-fueled effort to become the highest aspect of ourselves we can be.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Ascension Guidance: Current Energies Update

Sun has entered the sign of Leo now and many can already feel the inner fire and the energy of the gateways we are going to go through in the next moments. We have been preparing for this for a while now, we’ve been transforming and transcending self on many levels, in order to be able to anchor these new waves of Light into our beingness. We are still in that cycle at the moment, where we shift internally at an accelerated pace, but in the moments to come there will be more outer shifting compared to the month of July.

I wish I could put everything that’s currently happening into words, but that would take forever because of the complexity of the process, so I will try to keep it as simple as always. From how I see it now, there are two choices. You can either choose to stagnate and make no changes at all or you can choose to allow the shifting, purging, transcendence into the Source spark you are meant to be to occur.

The power of choice is stronger than we can imagine. Once you have made your heart-felt decision, with clarity and certainty about what you really want, it can open up so many new pathways, so choose wisely. No decisions are to be judged, none is better or worse than the other, they just are. All paths lead in the same direction and will inevitably intertwine at some point, it is only about the journey to that point, so don’t be afraid of making decisions.

Being afraid to make decisions, or being stuck in the procrastination mode (which is kind of the same thing) is not the best place to be in, that’s just common sense. There’s no fun in missing the adventure. So, you have to discover and know what is best for you and love yourself enough to take action towards that which you desire.

This is what the last month of July was about, which continues throughout the month of August.  It was about finding the blessing in all the challenges we’ve experienced as we went through the month.The month is not done though and we’re only beginning to expand into the self-love theme. We have been going through many initiations, as we transcended some shadow aspects related to interactions with other people, who triggered that process, old programming that needed to be dissolved and a lot of lower vibrational energy accumulated throughout the eons in our cellular memory taking the shape of emotions, most of the time.

This is one of the reasons why we have to allow the emotions to flow through us, observe and feel them. That way they get released if we don’t hold onto them, making space for more joyful feelings, making room for the Soul to come to the surface and dance through you in human embodiment. (process known also as ascension)

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The reward for overcoming all these challenges is in essence self-love, which is the best gift you can give to yourself. At the end of the day, I say all this purging  it’s all worth it, it is all to be enjoyed and all these challenges have to be honoured and seen for what they really are:  an accelerated way for fast Soul growth. They are the most visible signs that you truly are shifting, transcending what no longer serves you, transcending duality, ascending. In those moments, remember this and remember their job is not to bring you down, but to uplift you, teach you, assist you integrate higher states of being eventually.

As I have said before, the purging of July was necessary for us to make space for the next waves of Light, which I feel are going to be one of the most intense ones of this year. Our energy field has expanded and our light quotient has been going up a lot, as a result of all this transformation. Now it is time to replace the old with the New. There are many “outside” factors facilitating the integration of this “new” higher light (new on Earth since a few eons ago) such as the galactic New Year gateway on the 26 of July and also the 26th marks the opening of the Lion’s gateway, which will culminate on the 12th of August, which happens to be my birthday (whoot whoot?!).

Anyways, as always, try not to focus too much on dates. As much as Ascension is a collective process in the now moment, it is first of all an individual process. Things can happen sooner or later for some, it is a multi-dimensional experience. I am going to write another article on Lion’s gate soon enough, as this article is already getting too long.

All I have written above is very connected to the archetype of the Leo sign, which is all about self-love, nurturing, freedom, bringing to light shadow aspects in order to connect more with our authentic nature and opening up to our full creative potential, our passion. Are you going to take advantage of these energies to do so ?! As always, it is a choice.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Amazing Guided Meditation For Acceptance And Self-Love

” This meditation encourages you to accept your feelings of sadness and anger while also helping you release them in a non-judgmental, self-loving way. It then leads you into manifesting a healthier body and accepting growth and change. “

This meditation is perfect for the theme we are collectively experiencing related to acceptance, embracement and self-love. Liberating!

Excerpt from  Ascension Guidance: Summer Solstice Transmission ” Work on the shadow self is not excluded these times either, it is actually quite probable that happens. It is time to accept, embrace, love and transcend certain aspects of ourselves that until now  felt too uncomfortable to deal with, so we ignored them. You are whole, but in order to become wholy-er, you have to acknowledge and embrace all you are. See yourself through the eyes of divine perfection, not through the mind’s perception. All this is a beautiful process though, but not the easiest one. This shadow work is done on an individual level, but also on a collective one, as they go hand-in-hand. The collective shadow work can be quite intense, as we’ve gathered a lot of “shadows” throughout the milleniums, so make sure you nurture yourself through it. “

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuIA2Q7NUmo

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Balance Between Giving And Receiving

Giving and receiving are actions we all do every day, either consciously or unconsciously. We are constantly exchanging energy, whether it is with other people, animals, our environment, the planet etc. That is just how the Universe works. What is most important is to find the balance between giving and receiving and that balance comes naturally when the blockages related to these two actions are being released.

As always, it all starts within yourself.

Most people who put themselves in positions that require selfless service and altruism are constantly giving, without expecting anything in return, which is totally fine. However, when it comes to receiving, they are extremely resistant, which is not healthy. This has the energy of the old paradigm that was based on self-sacrifice, which has nothing to do with the higher vibrational states of being. When you constantly give, give, give you might find that there will be nothing left for you to give to yourself and when you constantly take, you become a bit like a needy energy vampire. Both of these imbalances can be lethal to your well-being.

Being a giver, doesn’t make you a better person, and being a taker doesn’t make you a bad person. Those are two outdated concepts. In truth, it’s all about the energy and finding the balance between these two actions, as that leads to a harmonious flow and exchange of energy.

We need to transcend self-sacrifice into a higher form of divine service that is based on love and harmony with the self. If this resistance to receiving is not released, it can be manifested as a block in many areas of one’s life.

Best example would be the flow of abundance. In order for abundance to flow easily and harmoniously, a balance between giving and receiving is needed. When you resist receiving or you are not open to giving, abundance won’t be expressed in your life as it’s supposed to, it won’t flow freely.  Same goes for relationships. There has to be a healthy exchange of energy in order for a relationship to last and be solid.

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On a deeper level, most blockages and challenges related to the imbalance between giving and receiving come from the lack of self-love.

When you truly love yourself, not in the narcissistic/arrogant way, but as in a profound feeling of appreciation, complete acceptance and embracement of all you are as a Source spark, “flaws” and all, you want what is best for you and, inevitably, you want what’s best for everybody. The way you treat yourself, is the way you will treat others as well.

So, when love is flowing through you, that is when you give without expecting anything in return and when you love yourself, you will give love to yourself as well and will be open to receiving it, no matter how it will be expressed in your life. Love takes many shapes, it could simply be the smile of a stranger, or the compliment of a friend.

The basic idea is that, it all starts with loving yourself and the rest will take care of itself.

Have a blissful day and thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Freedom Of Fearless Forgiveness

“You must forgive those who hurt you, even if whatever they did to you is unforgivable in your mind. You will forgive them not because they deserve to be forgiven, but because you don’t want to suffer and hurt yourself every time you remember what they did to you. It doesn’t matter what others did to you, you are going to forgive them because you don’t want to feel sick all the time. Forgiveness is for your own mental healing. You will forgive because you feel compassion for yourself. Forgiveness is an act of self-love.” –Don Miguel Ruiz

Forgive all things, not because all things are worthy of forgiveness, but because you are worthy of peace.

Forgiveness is first and foremost an act of self-love. In a world where the majority of people are using people and loving things instead of loving people and using things, self-love is all the more important an ability. Self-love is having the wherewithal to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first upon realizing that we’re all living within a “crashing plane.”

Indeed, the “crashing plane” that is our human condition hitherto, is a disaster situation screaming for its inflicted members to learn the much needed ability of self-forgiveness. If it can be taught, and it can, then self-love might finally be able to triumph over the scourge of narcissism that has been plaguing our species, and systematically destroying the world, for a millennium.

Pay attention! The pathetic, and now grossly cliché, excuse of “it’s just the way things are; there’s nothing we can do about it,” doesn’t fly anymore. And really it never has. The oxygen masks have been deployed, and we are all of us being held responsible for our actions. There is no wiggle room here. Either we get busy placing the much needed oxygen mask on ourselves (fearless forgiveness), or we get busy dying (cowardice cognitive dissonance). The choice is yours, and it begins with forgiving yourself.

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Sincere forgiveness tears down the prison bars of our own expectations:

It turns the tables on the petty, small-mindedness of the ego. It exonerates us from the existential burden of mortal guilt, even as it frees our soul to be a force beyond the ego, a force to be reckoned with. Like Lewis B Smedes said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Indeed, deep, visceral forgiveness is accepting – balls-to-bones, ovaries-to-marrow – that though we were once prisoners, victims, or slaves to an immoral system, through the sacred practice of daily soulful emancipation, we can become liberated spirit warriors with the ability to turn the tables on the very notion of slavery itself, be it mental, physical or spiritual.

When the ego rules, one cannot forgive. The ego is too busy with its whiny, woe-is-me disposition toward a world that “owes” it something, to even fathom the concept of forgiveness. The reason why authentic forgiveness is so rare in the world is precisely because the majority of people in the world are operating under outdated, parochial, and ego-centric programming. Under such programming, even the concept of forgiveness itself is seen as something outside of our power, as something that is only in the hands of a higher power. When, really, it can only ever be within our own power, and within our own hands.

Deep forgiveness keeps the ego in check. It subjugates the ego, making it a pawn to the truer power of the soul. This is because genuine forgiveness forces one to take responsibility for our individual humanity in regards to the humanity of others and the interconnectedness of all things. Through authentic forgiveness true liberation is within reach.

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Fearless forgiveness is courageous vulnerability:

Self-forgiveness is taking personal responsibility for the burden of having a paradoxical self in an interdependent cosmos. It is the full-on acceptance that we are each fallible, hypocritical, prone-to-mistakes, fumbling, stumbling apes who will make exceptional mistakes. Fearless forgiveness is declaring to the universe how this is absolutely okay. It must be okay, lest we shoot our own progressive evolution in the foot. Like Mark Twain eloquently said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” But we are the heel and that which gets crushed. With fearless forgiveness we transcend both the heel and the crushing, launching ourselves into courageous vulnerability, where we have the capacity to learn from our mistakes, have fun with our hypocrisy, and have a good sense of humor in regards to our fallibility.

“But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and past your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes?” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Yes! Nietzsche hits the nail on the head. He speaks directly to the power of self-forgiveness, and even further to the power of fearless forgiveness. In order to escape the prison of the self (to become new again) we must be able to forgive ourselves our prisons (burn in our own flame). Then, and only then, do we self-overcome, and finally transcend the prison (become ashes and rise again as a phoenix).

But first we have to declare to the universe, to the gods, to the so-called powers that be, that we are no longer a prisoner. That we will no longer make the mistake of playing the victim. That we will liberate ourselves from all forms of slavery. That we will forgive ourselves our unexceptional nature (individuation), so that we might liberate our exceptional nature (self-actualization). As Laurence Sterne said, “Only the brave know how to forgive. A coward never forgives; it is not in his nature.” So let’s be brave. Let’s personify courage itself. In such a state of fearless forgiveness, not even fear itself need be feared.

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Forgiveness is existential liberation:

Forgiveness is one of the most difficult abilities that a human being can master precisely because it is a self-overcoming into newer, hopefully healthier, versions of the self. Genuine forgiveness frees us from our desperate need for things to be a certain way. It emancipates us from our slavery to things that are out of our control. It is equal parts letting things go and letting things be what they need to be in order to adapt and overcome. Like Jack Kornfield said, “Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past.” The past is what it is. Forgiveness is a moving on, a getting-back-into-flow, a getting-out-of-our-own-way, while allowing for a better future to be a possibility.

It gets us back into flow by parting the waters of historical guilt. It places us in the forefront, in the vanguard of our own life’s developing adventure. We are suddenly allowed to be the champion we always knew we could be, starting small with the all-powerful blessing of self-forgiveness, and then moving forward with it as a daily practice. Before we know it, an artistry, a skillfulness, begins to form, and we become the empty canvas upon which that artistry becomes its own mastery.

Remember: forgiveness is never a forgetting. It is in fact only ever a deep remembering, and an even deeper letting go. It is a sacred reminiscence, and an even more sacred release. Forgiveness begins at home. If you can forgive yourself again and again, you might earn the right to forgive the rest of us. It takes unwavering strength to forgive so deeply. It takes resolute bravery, sometime in the face of stanch anger and absolute villainy. But as Khalil Gibran profoundly opined, “And God said “love your enemy,” and I obeyed him and loved myself.” So it is also with forgiveness: And God said “forgive your enemy,” and I obeyed him and forgave myself.

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Gary Z McGee

(Cover image by Cameron Gray)