The Loving Power of Forgiveness

Apr 27, 2011 | Sufism

What is forgiveness really? And how does one truly forgive?

So often people are reluctant to forgive those who have angered, betrayed, or hurt them because they are in pain and they think that forgiveness validates what the other person did to them.

Forgiveness is not about validating or agreeing with someone. Surprisingly forgiveness has little or nothing to do with another person. Forgiveness does not necessarily let someone off the hook, but it removes that person from our mind and our heart to make space for something positive to enter.

Forgiveness is for giving permission to let go of pain from the past. Forgiveness is for giving us our freedom back. And forgiveness is for giving us the ability to move on.

The good news is that there is a way for you to remove the pain and the negative impressions that you have been carrying from your past and when those are gone forgiveness just arises naturally.

Forgiveness is a key for moving forward in your life both emotionally and spiritually because anything from the past that you are holding on to the keeps you stuck in the past. A part of you is still hurt or upset and sees the world through the lens of that pain. So that part of you ends up not fully growing up.

“Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past.”  The Sufis have a very deep understanding of what it takes to move forward in your life. They have many spiritual practices and healing prayers that helps remove the past and restore the original, natural purity and goodness that every single one of us had at our birth.

One of these prayers is Tawba.  This Sufi practice restores you to your original reality, the state of unity. This reality has not died or disappeared. It is still very much present deep in your heart. But it is covered over by “veils” and it can be uncovered. Tawba is a Sufi practice that helps you to uncover the veils and open your heart to receive divine love.