Many people recognize that forgiveness is a good thing, but find it difficult to actually do it. This is because there is a judgmental component to their effort which sounds something like this: “You really messed up this time and hurt me terribly. It’s all your fault I feel so miserable, but I’m going to be the bigger person and forgive you.”

Standing on the outside looking in, it’s pretty easy to see this isn’t forgiveness at all, and instead, is really a way to punish them some more. However, the purpose of forgiveness is to change the way you think about what happened and to release the pain.

I’d like to share a mediation or prayer you can find in Gary Renard’s wonderful book, “Your Immortal Reality.”

Close your eyes and picture the face of the person you want to forgive and repeat this simple prayer or mantra: “You are Spirit. Whole and Innocent. All is Forgiven and Released.”

Don’t dwell on it any longer. Instead move on to the next person you want to forgive and repeat. Continue this practice as long as people from your past or present, live or dead, pop into your awareness.

The next time you confront a difficult person or situation, silently repeat the prayer. The release of anger, guilt, and fear that comes form this simple practice will change your life.

Peace out,

About the author Robert W. Grant

Robert has published four novels, Great Mother, Naked Tao, Nostrum Conspiracy, and UnderBelly.

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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