by Vajracharya Charlotte Steen - 5th August 2012
Can you forgive all and everything?
Even when they called you names for something you weren't?
And you didn't do?
Can you forgive the men who were abusive to you?
Can you forgive them over and over?
It is easy to write "Yes" again and again, and it is easy to say it over and over again. It is much harder for me to do the forgiving each time.
And yet, as we awaken ourselves and begin to understand more the laws of karma, forgiveness becomes easier. Karma is the law of cause and effect - that is, what we do will come back to us. The good returns good, the bad returns bad. Additionally, because of reincarnation, often we are receiving back to us lifetimes' of past good and past bad thoughts, words, and deeds.
Which means, the name calling and finger pointing and accusations given to me are simply what I had dished out to them or to others this lifetime, or past lifetimes. Yes, even the abuse I have received this lifetime was abuse that I had heaped on others in the past. They are simply paying me back, evening the score, balancing the karma.
This means that if I can forgive all and everything in the moment as it is happening, I am accepting my own culpability and my own responsibility for my reality. It is in this moment of forgiveness that there is grace. In this moment of grace is letting go. In this moment of letting go, there is my heart wide open.
Can I forgive all and everything?