“As you continue along the path of spiritual growth, it is inevitable that you arrive at the point where you come to accept a simple but profound truth about forgiveness—that in order to forgive, you must first have assigned blame. Put another way, there is only a need to practice forgiveness when you fail to comprehend that at some level you are responsible for everything that you experience in life…
When you blame other people, you effectively put both your feelings and your state-of-mind at the mercy of someone else’s behavior (e.g., I’ll be happy or satisfied when they apologize, or start or stop doing X or Y or Z, etc.). The better approach is for you to accept full responsibility for your life, adopting instead the perspective that it was you who attracted this negative person or situation to yourself so that you might learn a valuable lesson. It is from this position of personal power that true-life changes can occur.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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