Updated: Apr 1
March 24, 2021
In my studies and personal journey with therapy, I came across the practice of Radical Forgiveness, conceptualized by Colin Tipping, the basis of which assumes that there is nothing to forgive. Rather, our experiences are divine and meant to be. This practice is not for the faint of heart. However, as a spiritual community that believes in Christ's words to forgive each other, and by doing so, God will forgive us, I wonder how Radical Forgiveness could be applied to our understanding of the kingdom of Heaven.
How would your view of forgiveness change if you accepted that your experiences were divine and meant to be?
Paul writes in Romans that we should not conform to this world's pattern and be transformed by our mind's renewal. After the most devasting experience of my life, the thought that I was called to forgive my antagonist or even that my experience had some modicum of divine purpose was challenging to accept. We know in Matthew that whatever we bind on earth, we bind in heaven, and if God calls us to love one another, how could it be possible to truly love our antagonists after a traumatic experience?
If Heaven is a state of absolute fulfillment and joyous communion with God, could our traumatic experiences on earth follow us to Heaven?
Through the practice of Radical Forgiveness, I was able to accept my worst experience as a part of my becoming, forgiving myself and my antagonist by accepting that what was meant to be, was meant to be. Wearing my Holy Clothing and knowing that the past cannot be changed, I strive to truly follow Christ and facilitate the kingdom of Heaven here on earth by my thoughts, words, and actions. Honoring the He that dwells within each of our souls, including the He that dwells in our antagonists, is possible. If God is love and abiding in love is the greatest spiritual gift, then...
What does love look like at any given moment?
When I think of the experiences that hollowed out my insides, I am ever reminded of how much more joy I now can contain. We are survivors of our experiences. Sharing in our joy and renewing our minds are ways we can find an earthly communion with God. When you're ready to begin healing your heart, when you're ready to forgive yourself, when you're ready to trust in God, that's when I believe you're continuing to create Heaven on earth.
These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.