“Our need to forgive is a monumental misperception. The belief that others should not have treated us the way that they did is, of course, the ultimate absurdity. The universe is always working, and so is everything in it, even the things that we have judged to be wrong, improper, cruel, and painful for us and others.
Follow this logic. Someone has harmed you in some way in your past. You feel hurt and angry, and that anger ultimately turns to hatred. This is your hatred. You carry it around with you wherever you go. It is you and you are it. The hatred is all thought and is with you wherever you go. You have given someone permission not only to hurt you once, but to continue controlling your inner life. The hatred infects your life while the other person is still on his/her path doing exactly what he or she knows how to do, independent of your current miserable state.
As long as we blame others for the way we feel today, we will have to wait for them to change before we can grow out of our current immobilized state.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer, in “You’ll See it When you Believe It”
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Compiler’s Note: The above passage is probably the most powerful and sensible quote related to “forgiveness” that I have ever come across. It so profoundly affected me that I was compelled to include part of it in Chapter 9 of my first book, Spirituality Simplified.
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