“If someone has hurt us, we have a choice. We can either hold on to the negative feelings because of the hurt, or we can choose to let those feelings go. It’s not easy to let go, but there are many ways to heal and come to a place of forgiveness. One very powerful way is through prayer. Forgiveness is not denial of what happened. However, it can help to ease our sense of having been unjustly treated. Learning to forgive lessens the hold the negative feelings have on us.
I’ve used the following prayer many times, on an as-needed basis, whenever I felt that I wanted to forgive someone, or even to forgive myself. I said the prayer every day until I felt some relief from the situation I sat quietly, took a few deep breaths, and then repeated the words slowly to really feel the meaning of what I was saying. I know that it helped to release the anger I had been experiencing. It was a way to begin the process of healing.
Prayer of Forgiveness:
All that has offended me, I forgive.
Within and without, I forgive.
Whatever has made me bitter, resentful, unhappy, I forgive.
Things past, present, and future, I forgive.
I forgive everything and everybody who can possibly need forgiveness of the past or present.
I forgive everyone.
I particularly forgive (enter the name or names of people you wish to forgive here).
I am free and they are free too. All things are cleared up between us now and forever.
I am forgiven for everything.
I am forgiven by everyone.
I now let go of worn out things, worn out conditions, worn out relationships.
Divine order and harmony are now established and maintained in me and in my world.”
Rosalie B. Kahn, in “My Healing Heart”
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