The great English poet Alexander Pope wrote that “to err is human, to forgive divine.” I contemplated this saying for almost two decades before I could finally bring myself to forgive someone for committing an act of violence against me. The act of forgiveness means many things to many people, and for me it meant releasing the burden of this negative experience and letting go of the negative emotions that I was holding onto.
We are bioelectric beings; that is, we have electric currents flowing through us, and the frequency of these currents can affect our well-being. Our emotions are energy in motion, and because negative emotions vibrate at a low frequency, emotions such as pain, fear and spite can restrict the flow of energy so that we become heavy, slow and often stuck. For example, when we hold onto anger, this emotion can get stuck in our joints, causing inflammation and pain, whereas deep emotional pain might affect the heart and respiratory system, and fear, worry and anxiety can become trapped along the spine and affect the central nervous system.
With forgiveness, we release negative emotions such as anger and fear, and our energy flow becomes unstuck and begins to vibrate at a higher frequency. When we don't forgive, we are the losers, because when we continue to hold onto our negative feelings, we eventually become emotionally and physically imbalanced. However, forgiveness truly gives us personal power. When we forgive someone, we take away that person’s power over us. Past hurts can literally weigh us down, like a ball and chain around our entire being, making us feel stuck and unable to move forward in our life. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean reconciliation with the person who hurt us, or that we condone their actions; however, it is a process that can help us find inner peace.
When we forgive someone, we are not only releasing negative emotions, but we are also making room for the free flow of positive high vibrations, and the vibration of forgiveness can indeed lift us and benefit us in many ways. These are some of the things the vibration of forgiveness can do for us:
• Lighten our heart by removing the heavy weight of negative experiences
• Lighten our speech when we stop complaining or accusing others of being responsible for our experiences
• Lighten our emotions by releasing feelings of anger, frustration, spite and pain and make room for peace, joy and love
• Free us so that we are no longer enslaved by the circumstances we once thought were controlled by someone else or by external forces
• Free us to live and to love
• Strengthen us by allowing us to recognize our ability to withstand any circumstance or experience and rise above it, learn from it and move forward with our life
Dawn James is a vibrational healer, public speaker and author of the book Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace (May 2010). She conducts workshops and gives lectures on a number of keynotes including holistic health, sound healing, and stress-less parenting. You can order an autographed copy of the book online at http:/ www.raiseyourvibration.ca –its also available and independent bookstores throughout North America.