Forgiveness

So often I’ve been witness to the aftermath of what may have been thought of as evil and have then been humbled by the attitude of forgiveness by those who actually suffered this abuse or whatever we might call it.
 
Nelson Mandela is surely up there with Gandhi and I guess also Jesus is demonstrating what we could do when we are so aggressed and when the fear of others leads them to behave in ways that could have been labeled as evil.
 
Years ago, having been very moved by being in Nelson Mandela’s house where bullets were still lodged in the walls, I asked a young Zulu man how they had forgiven us for apartheid.  His response was so simple and with such humbling beauty.
 
‘Ah but Madam, that was yesterday and this is today.’
 
I was also thinking of the comment above on backing away and not wanting to be in the presence of someone with energy we might have considered ‘evil’, but if I won’t go there, then who will?  And how will that heal if we don’t have the courage to take healing energy there?  And how will the fear be transformed by love if there’s no one there to love?  And how do we come to peace, if there’s no one who will stand in peace toe to toe with aggression?
 
In such circumstances we need to find within us the strength to stand still, to radiate peace and love no matter what, to take the time we need to take care of ourselves, to ground, (of course) , to protect, (yes), and to call in the Divine through our crown chakra and just be.  We can develop skilled responses, what to say, what to do, but without these basics – fearlessness, unconditional love, peace, recognition of what happens as pain and fear rather than eveil, then we can gently proceed. Though sometime we proceed with quite robust self assertion… but that’s another story…
 
Meet me on the forum for further discussion.
 
Much love
Brenda