There are, of course, a great many more dragons lined up outside the door of our cozy little mental cottage, and dealing with them will take a lifetime. Let’s agree–remember, I am no further ahead on this journey than you are–to greet these visitors one at a time. We’ve got the idea now, and we can take it from here. I have my dragons, and you have yours. I suspect yours bear a certain resemblance to mine, and vice versa. I can only say that we will have an easier time if we don’t let them stampede across the threshold in a herd, but we mustn’t try to ignore them, either. They will huff and puff and blow our house down if we do that.
Today, I want to recommend a book, and here’s a surprise for you: it isn’t mine! It’s “Radical Forgiveness”, by Colin Tipping. Check out his website at www.radicalforgiveness.com. You can buy the book there, and I suggest you get the CD, too. The one called “The 13 Steps to Forgiveness”. I had a powerful breakthrough, listening to that CD. Fair warning: you will probably want Karen Taylor Good’s music, after hearing it on the 13 Steps. I swear, it washed over my soul like healing balm.
We all have things, people and situations we need to forgive. Radical Forgiveness is a simple but very deep process, and it bears little or no resemblance to the kind of bite-the-bullet forgiveness you were probably conditioned to expect. If you have a resistance to this idea, the Victim Dragon has crept back into your cottage. True forgiveness has little or nothing to do with the person or circumstance you’re forgiving, and everything to do with your journey to wholeness. You have probably wondered, as I did, what is blocking you. What is holding you back.
Mr. Tipping’s book will clear that up for you, and even if you read only the first and sixteenth chapters, you will experience profound healing. Just remember–it’s a process.
On Saturday morning, I’ll be leaving on a vacation, which means there won’t be a blog until the morning of August 1. I will be here tomorrow morning, however, and Friday, and I haven’t forgotten that promise to set up some kind of response system. I’ve got people working on it.
And so, for today, may you be blessed. May you be centered.
May you be more fully yourself.