Saturday, July 23, 2011

Healing (22) Forgiveness and repentance

Repentance is a complex psychological and spiritual task, and history reveals with what difficulty people acheive it. It comes in a total surrender to the Way Things Are, yet there are ten difficult steps to be taken, before repentance can be complete.

  • The first step is to realise the nature of  your invented shame.
  • The second step is to achieve self acceptance through an honest personal evaluation of  invented shame.
  • The third step is to face the truth of one's genuine morally shameful behaviour .
  • The fourth step is as far as is possible to set things to rights where there has been wrong doing
  • The fifth step is to ask for forgiveness from others
  • The sixth step is forgive yourself
  • The seventh step is to allow yourself to accept totally that you are forgiven
  • The eight step is to recognize that every shameful act, both invented and otherwise, has been a personal choice
  • The ninth step is to change those choices.
  • The tenth step is to recognize that all our actions and our inaction can have negative consequences on ourselves and others.

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