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Apology – Empowered Forgiveness

In life there are times when we are affected by the actions of another person. More often than not, when we bring the consequence of the other person’s actions to light, we receive an apology. Most people, upon receiving an apology respond by saying, “It’s alright,” or “It’s okay,” and by saying this we are condoning, accepting and giving permission for the person to continue the same behavior. When we say “Thank you,” or “I accept your apology,” we are then able to sit with our feelings rather than sweeping them away.

Many people believe that it is easier to brush off Request personal prophecy how we feel than to express our discomfort. While this initially seems the best thing to do, what it, in fact, does is put us into an unending pattern of behavior, since we have not been honest with the other person. Thus, we continue the cycle of letting another person overstep our emotional limits again and again. By doing this we place ourselves in the victim role. We can end this karmic cycle by first acknowledging to the other person that we accept their request for forgiveness-a simple “Thank you,” is often adequate for the offense. To truly create a sense of harmony in a relationship, however, we need to gently, and with compassion, express our innermost concerns about what transpired. By taking a deep breath and summoning the deepest parts of your spirit, you can usually find the right words to verbalize your feelings in a way that lets the other person recognize the consequences of their behavior.

If we remember that our response to others is critical, we can realize that trust and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. When we act in a way that engenders a greater amount of honesty and candor, we will establish a more positive and empowering sense of being and interacting with others.

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