And forgiveness is one such process which gives you the self-confidence to see yourself as the most responsible person.You can never forget what has happened to you in the past but you have a choice; either to accept the thoughts and spoil the present happiness, or think about the consequences and reject the thoughts. This awareness will naturally give you the power to forgive others.
You deserve peace
Forgiveness is not for others; it’s for you. Just because you forgive others, it doesn’t mean that the people who have disturbed you in the past have corrected their mistakes. That is not our concern. They might have changed or they might have not changed. It’s their choice. No matter what, we should change in our level of thinking and understanding to raise ourselves beyond the present level. So, forgiveness is for you because you deserve peace, not pain. Forgiveness will give you the choice to avoid the pain and to
enjoy the peace.
Respect to time is not only respect to the self; it’s respect to the divine. Every moment is an opportunity given to you either to maximise your pain or maximise your peace. The choice is yours. Every moment, you can decide to make use of the time to minimise the existing pain and problems and to maximise the peace and prosperity of your life.
Forgiveness-harmony with peace
Any emotion which is not allowing you to enjoy or not allowing you to express your own self can never be a positive emotion. Even though you may be a positive person, if you keep thinking about the past, your emotions become negative. And forgiveness will give you the power to remove the negative emotions and keep you in a state of harmony with the positive emotions. This will give you a feeling that can never be expressed in words to others. You alone will cherish this experience. Something magical will happen to your own self on a very deeper and conscious level. You will realise that as a human being, you have already risen beyond your ability with your own effort. Having the ability to forgive is having the ability to receive in abundance the divine power. One has to realise this and this will not only give you happiness but will also give the power to spread that happiness in every possible way. You will ultimately become a source of happiness to others.
Embrace the divine power
A person who wants to achieve success in every aspect of life will never live out of a belief system. He will live out of principles. What makes you powerful to receive the ‘God-power’ is not the belief system, but the principles that you follow with discipline and commitment. If you fail to have a principle, your mind will automatically take your belief system as the principle which can be positive or negative. But when you take effort to live on principles, it’s the power that you are giving to the mind to hold on only to positive beliefs and to eradicate all negative beliefs so that no more negative emotions can enter your consciousness. That is the power of the principles. A conscious decision made by a human being in spite of the external situations and unexpected events is called as principle. One such big principle of life is forgiveness. That is why I said that it’s not just a resolution; it’s a real solution which will help you raise your life to the next level more than what you imagine.
Once you decide to forgive, the divine power in you will flourish because the absolute nature of God is to give and forgive. The mundane nature of human being is to get and forget everything. Once you decide to live with forgiveness, you will automatically receive every possible source of energy and resource which will make you achieve everything you want in life.
(This is the second and concluding part of the two-part series, Making your New Year
resolutions real life solutions)
Wishing you and your family a new year full of unstoppable success and happiness in every aspect of life.
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji
—Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji is a non-religious, contemporary Spiritual Master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation) www.atmayoga.in