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  • Writer's picturePauline Smit Reiki

If December is for giving January is forgiving...

Working on forgiveness with support of Reiki Healing

What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is by far the most misunderstood act of kindness. Because, forgiveness has nothing to do with forgiving the person who hurt us, but rather giving ourselves the permission to let that grudge or negative emotion go. So really, forgiveness is a way for us to heal an emotional wound we chose to keep. And by keeping this wound, it festered and poisoned our mind sometimes for many years.

Forgiveness does not condone or mean that any hurt or pain that was caused will be forgotten. We think that if we let go of our upsets that it will lessen or invalidate what we experienced.

But what if instead you just released your story, took the lessons from it and saw how they moulded you into the person you are today, this strong, resilient person

Starting to see yourself in a loving and forgiving light instead of beating yourself up for your self-imposed shortcomings, limitations, or flaws or things you could have done differently.

It does not turn a wrong in to a right. It is accepting that yes, it did happen, it was definitely not okay, but it happened. It is learning to let go of hoping or wishing that it could have been any other way. Others may have deeply hurt or harmed us, but it is important to remember that they are responsible for those actions. It is up to us how we choose to live the rest of our lives. Forgiveness simply means that you are giving yourself permission to release yourself away from the hurt and pain. It means that you will no longer allow the past to have a hold on your life today.

Why is it so important to forgive?

Holding grudges, being angry or hurt creates an emotional blockage within us and the more we think about that person, experience or situation, the bigger this blockage becomes. First of all, this causes us to be unbalanced, which leads to agitation, grumpiness and/or just a general feeling of unhappiness. But that is not all. If we keep holding a grudge or emotional pain for years or even decades, that energetic blockages will ultimately lead to health problems. Health problems both mental and physical, like aches and pains or depression and lack of confidence can be our body’s way of saying ‘deal with your emotions already’.

So how can we let go of these emotional blockages?

First, you must be ready to let these grudges and the emotional trauma go. If you are not ready to let go of these negative feelings, they will just return.

How to be ready for forgiveness: when you’ve had enough if your own story, when you’ve had enough of reliving the past, the hurt and pain, or when you’ve had enough of defining yourself by your past and story.

To forgive, you have to be willing and motivated to face your ego, which will try to stop you from seeing yourself through different eyes.

If you are not ready to let them go, you’ll have to establish why. This involves some soul searching. Once established why you are not willing to let go, you need to work on that first. Reiki Healing sessions can support you with this.

Once you have reached the point where you are ready to let go, you have to get to the root cause of the issue. The energetic blockage that formed over time. This is the part that needs to be removed because once that blockage is gone, we can release. Reiki is wonderful for these situations. Your Reiki Practitioner can find the location of the blockages by scanning the body of hot and cold spots or can use their intention as Reiki will find its way to the blockage naturally. Blockages can occur anywhere in the body. At times, the part with the blockages has already turned into pain. Most common aches and pains for emotional blockages are sciatica, knee pain, neck or shoulder pain.

Removing blockages is a process. You may have to work on it more than once to fully clear the area.

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